One Great Block: Santa Barbara's Funk Zone
Collected by Afar Magazine
Once a collection of canneries and surf shops, Santa Barbara's Funk Zone is now a wonderland of tasty things, from minerally chardonnays and beer to blistered pizzas and farm-fresh salads.
131 Anacapa St c, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
One of the newest kids on the block, the Santa Barbara Wine Collective gives you a chance to taste Santa Barbara County's terroir without leaving the comfort of your patio chair. Try a flight from one of five different local wineries, each with...
12 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Part hostel and part hotel, The Wayfarer is a sweet spot for those who want a playful, not-too-fussy place to rest their heads after a long day of traveling. Want to meet new friends? Book a bunk in one of four shared rooms. Prefer a quiet haven?...
214 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Yankee Noodle is a breath of fresh, beefy air in the city. The Asia-meets-Mexico menu revolves around handmade noodles and deep, flavorful broths, which you can customize with eggs, bacon, and other crispy, savory things. You'll be stuffed, but...
116 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
If you really want to geek out on wine, head to The Valley Project, where the staff will be thrilled to pour you tastes of chenin blanc and pinot noir, fill your head with info about local AVAs, and will even let you sniff soil samples from the...
127 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Make good friends with the folks at Lucky Penny because, if you're staying here for a few days, you'll see them often. The place is just that addictive and utilitarian. Go for breakfast and you'll find lattes, eggs cooked and served in a cast iron...
131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
The Lark is easily the best restaurant in the Funk Zone: The food is fresh, seasonal, and local, the dishes surprising yet always comforting, and the portions sizes generous (a rarity in this era of tiny plates). My perfect day in Santa Barbara...
202 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail is a fun and convenient substitute for traditional wine tasting. Walk (or crawl) from one wine bar to the next, just minutes from Downtown Santa Barbara's State Street. First try Corks 'n Crowns, a comfortable...
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