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Santa Barbara is famous for a lot of things: good weather, brilliant sunsets, and a laid-back vibe that makes visitors immediately feel at ease. But did you know that many of our bakeries make our guests’ top ten lists of reasons to visit? We love to feed our guests, and like a good grandmother, we also love to treat them with sweets that their mothers would probably veto because they would make them too hyper! If you’re planning a visit to our oceanside village at anytime in the near future, we’ve provided a list of the best bakeries in Santa Barbara to add to your must-visit bucket lists!

Crushcakes & Café, 1315 Anacapa Street

Cupcakes have become a big trend in the United States right now, with shops and even vending machines popping up in most towns, and Crushcakes has crushed the trend! Offering an ever-changing selection of cupcake flavors, your stop in paradise will not be complete until you have tasted their Friday Special: a raspberry champagne cupcake that has the capability of changing your life!

Lilac Patisserie, 1017 State Street

Due to certain digestive issues, many visitors are unable to sample the sweet treats offered at bakeries. The need for gluten-free baked goods is rapidly rising, and Lilac Patisserie is up to the challenge! Every single sweet treat on their menu is not just extraordinary in taste, but 100% gluten-free as well! Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, tarts, pies—we don’t know how they do it, but the magical specialties found here make us very happy!

Recipes Bakery, 604 Santa Barbara Street

Some of our best childhood memories involve sitting at the kitchen table, watching our mothers or grandmothers create cakes, cookies, pies and other sweet dishes. Being able to lick the beaters afterwards, and even better, being able to taste their creations while they were still hot from the oven, made our day. Today, we can relive those memories (minus the licking of the beaters!) with a visit to Recipes Bakery, a cozy and intimate café and bakery that contains a kitchen that is open to the rest of the restaurant. Making time for a visit is vital to success of your Santa Barbara vacation, as is trying one of their cinnamon rolls!

Paradise Comes in Many Forms

For some, paradise is a sweet treat fresh from the oven, for others it’s the comfort and style found in one of our Paradise Retreats luxury escapes. Reserve your stay with us today in one of our Santa Barbara vacation rentals or Santa Ynez Valley rentals, and discover the best bakeries in Santa Barbara!

Santa Barbara is known for a lot of things: romantic cliffs towering over the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful and ancient missions created with faith and dreams, and for being the home to some of the best burger places in the entire state of California! Ok, maybe we aren’t exactly famous for the last one, but it’s our fervent opinion that we ought to be. In those moments when all you crave in life is a big, thick, and juicy burger, these Santa Barbara burger restaurants have what you need and do it well!

Chubbies Hamburgers, 2908 De La Vina Street

When you want the best burgers in town, it’s best to start with a place that concentrates all their attention on creating these delicious medallions of beef, and Chubbies Hamburgers does just that. With a menu that is short and to the point, but still offering a variety of burgers that include vegetarian and chicken style, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Chubbies!

Eureka! 601 Paseo Nuevo

Great music, ice-cold craft beers, and innovative burgers that will change the way you look at the simple hamburger; does it get any better than this? If you ask the multitude of guests who find their way to Eureka! their answer will be a resounding no! Offering the classic American Cheeseburger, the luxurious Bone Marrow Burger, and the healthy Bison Burger in addition to a large selection of beef goodness, your trip to Eureka! may very well be the highlight of your vacation.

On the Alley, 117 Harbor Way

The best thing about a burger is you don’t need a lot of fuss and fanfare to make it better; a burger is a burger and simple can be good. On the Alley, which actually offers a second location in Goleta, offers simple foods done right, and that includes their tasty burgers! No frills doesn’t mean no-taste, and the burgers found here are bursting with flavor. Try the Gaucho Burger, topped with blue cheese, bacon, avocado, grilled onions, and chipotle mayo, and you may never want a burger prepared any other way again!

Make Your Own in Your Paradise Retreats Luxury Escape

Because no one can cook like you do, our homes offer fully equipped kitchens that make meal preparations a joy. Grill outside at sunset or fry up a simple burger in the kitchen and top with ingredients you purchased at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market for a healthy and delicious vacation treat. Contact us to reserve your vacation rental and to learn more about Santa Barbara burger restaurants!