If you're looking for great shopping in Santa Barbara, look no further. Paseo Nuevo is the place to go in the area, where historical California meets modern shopping convenience and amenities.
Santa Barbara is known for its amazing beaches, lovely homes, and its gorgeous brick and bougainvillea look, which places it squarely in its own architectural and aesthetic category both nationally and internationally. Paseo Nuevo reflects this, and shoppers go not just to purchase things, but to enjoy the magnificent California-inspired ambiance.
The Mediterranean aura infuses the Paseo Nuevo shopping center. The center is anchored by two department stores – Nordstrom and Macy's. The rest of the shops are all in the open-air setting, allowing you to walk around and peruse to your heart's content in the lovely outdoor setting.
Here, you have recognizable stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Aveda, bebe, Gap, Juicy Couture, and American Eagle Outfitters. But there are also stores you may not have visited before. Check out the clothes at Aerie, purchase a tasty cupcake couture treat at WhoDelicious, or indulge your tea fantasies at Teavana.
Wandering around outdoors in the nearly always seasonable weather of Southern California, you can shop to your heart's content. Paseo Nuevo is often introducing new stores, and you can check out their most recent additions to the outdoor promenade.
New store Active Energy provides energy bracelets to assist with physical performance and wellness. Chocolate Opulaence is another recent addition, where chocolate connoisseur Terry Perretz has made artisanal chocolate readily available for chocoholics everywhere. Layla Threading provides threading services as an alternative to other hair removal options. Oro Gold is another new kid on the block, providing luxury cosmetics and skin care solutions.
If you're looking to take a load off, and relax and enjoy the dining that Paseo Nuevo has to offer, there are several restaurants to choose from. You have your choice of 'Californias' with California Pizza Kitchen or California Pasta. Or you can check out Chipotle of kahuna Grill. Pascucci is there, or if you're in the mood you can go for Rudy's Mexican Takeout. If you just feel like a snack, you can grab a delicious pretzel at Wetzel's Pretzels.
Other stores that shoppers enjoy include lululemon, which has superior active wear, L'Occitane, which carries rich, creamy, luxurious lotions and potions for the face and body, Sephora for beauty and Victoria's Secret for beautiful silky lingerie.
Paseo Nuevo, which translates into "New Way", is definitely the way to go if you're looking for great shopping in Santa Barbara.