One of the hidden gems of Santa Barbara, the Funk Zone awaits travelers looking for a little artistic excitement in their lives. Artists and musicians have transformed abandoned shops and warehouses into a vibrant artistic community. Bordered by Highway 101, State Street, Cabrillo Boulevard, and Garden Street, the Funk Zone has galleries, studios, museums, microbreweries, and restaurants. Plan your route right now!
This energetic community has blossomed in the last few years as artists transform this once-neglected neighborhood of abandoned warehouses and forgotten shops. Exploring the area is best done on foot so you can soak up the vibe — and maybe discover a hidden gem! Here are a few spots you won’t want to miss in the Funk Zone: