Top 3 Cafés in Santa Barbara & Montecito

If you are Looking for the best Cafés in Santa Barbara and Montecito, then look no further. We have found the ultimate variety of brews, baked goods, and delicious coffee mixtures in the Santa Barbara region.


Walking into Cajé is like being transported straight into the south of Spain. The State Street location is situated in a Spanish inspired plaza, featuring a tiled fountain and comfortable lounge chairs. People studying and chatting over their coffee or tea is usually drowned out by the ever flowing fountain, providing a peaceful space. 

Whether you are looking for a reliable, consistent cup of joe or a fun way to spice up your coffee intake, Cajé never disappoints. With four locations across Santa Barbara and Isla Vista, this local café brews a variety of beautiful and exciting drinks. Their specialty drinks are well worth the cost. The drinks, in appearance, mirror those of specialty cocktails offered in bars up and down State Street.   

A personal favorite of mine is Jupiter’s Forest. Not only is it a vibrant burst of exotic flavors, but is incredibly appealing to look at. 

Specialty Drink from Cajé

Jupiter’s forest: iced oat milk latte with juniper berry, sage syrup, garnished with grapefruit and sage and  topped with a gold dusted flower.

Handlebar Coffee Roasters

Another amazing coffee shop to venture to lies in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara and boasts some of the best roasts in the region. Handlebar Coffee Roasters has been a longtime local favorite with locations in Downtown as well as Upper State on De La Vina. Owned by two former professional cyclists, Handlebar Coffee Roasters import their beans from Central & South America and Africa. 

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Hot latte and chocolate croissant from Handlebar Coffee Roasters.

Freshly brewed each day, their cold and hot brew is exceptional. Not to mention the broad array of fresh pastries and hot food items. The Handlebowl is a nutritional way to start the day, featuring brown rice, rainbow chard, cherry tomatoes, crispy shallots and topped with a delicious avocado pesto. Make the trip to  Handlebar Coffee Roasters a priority and enjoy the explosion of flavor that awaits.


Renaud’s is another must-do for weary travelers who need a boost of caffeine and energizing treats. Enjoy Renaud’s Bakery, specializing in a variety of baked breads or Renaud’s Patisserie, known for their éclairs and fruit tarts. The chocolate croissant is a fan favorite, decadent and rich with buttery goodness. Find a cozy seat with your cappuccino or pastry and enjoy the sunshine. Don’t be surprised if you see Oprah or Ellen doing the same at this Montecito coffee haven.

The best Pastries and coffee in Montecito

A delicious cinnamon Roll and Cappuccino at Renaud’s.

Hope you get out there and enjoy these local cafés in Santa Barbara and Montecito as much as I do.

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