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Three Days in Santa Barbara: A Photographer Discovers the Funk Zone  

By October 28, 2016 No Comments


When Austin-based photographer and designer Chase Daniel hits the road, it’s with an eye toward design and a lens on a city’s creative spirit. So when he landed in Santa Barbara for three days, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara – home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s satellite museum – was the perfect team to curate his itinerary. We took Chase on a design-minded journey from a craft leather maker to our favorite architectural sites – all fueled by the best food and drinks this arty enclave has to offer, of course.

To help inspire your own discoveries, Chase captured his trip on camera and shared, in his own words, his favorite finds from his long weekend in the Funk Zone.

Photo credit: Chase Daniel

Where to Eat

The Lark, 131 Anacapa St.
Hands down this was the best atmosphere we experienced. The Lark is a perfect date spot with lots of outdoor seating and beautiful weather. We loved the citrus salt and fennel popcorn they served as a complimentary starter to the meal.

Scarlett Begonia, 11 West Victoria St. #10
A tricky cafe to find, Scarlett Begonia is nestled in an alleyway off the street with a European-like cafe experience. They are known for their scratch-made buttermilk biscuits, one flaky and one maple bacon served with seasonal jam. The brunch menu did not disappoint.

Brophy Bros., 119 Harbor Way
If you are not from the coast and are looking for a seafood experience, this is your place. Located right in the harbor, Brophy Bros serves up all the classics, from oysters on the half shell to crab legs.

Where to Drink

Nook, 120 Santa Barbara St.
The Nook is a lively bar serving local brews and tasty bites. The atmosphere is loud, but fun, and it’s located in the warehouse district of the Funk Zone.

Kunin Wines, 28 Anacapa St.
There are more than enough wineries to try on the urban wine trail, but our favorite was the tasting at Kunin Wines.

Handle Bar Coffee, 128 E. Canon Perdido St.
We stumbled upon this coffee shop and it was a great pit stop on our tour! Tasty iced coffee, and lots of friendly pups – it was a perfect break in the day.


Photo credit: Chase Daniel

Where to Shop

The Blue Door, 4 E. Yanonali St.
If you are a purveyor of vintage goods, this is your stop.

Make Smith, 117 W. De La Guerra St., Unit C
From talking with the owner about the process behind the industry, to the quality goods provided, to just that wonderful smell of leather, this is a stop worth making.


Credit: Morgan Wolf Design

What to Explore

Jeff Shelton Architects, Various locations
This local architect has a number of projects around town, and they are incredibly unique.

Shoreline Park, Shoreline Dr.
One of our favorite ventures was renting beach bikes and cruising up to Shoreline Park. It’s a short distance from the harbor and provides great views overlooking the city.

Where to Stay

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, 121 State St.

Hotel Indigo was a wonderful choice for a stay. It provided a local boutique experience in the heart of the Funk Zone. It has two cozy lobby spaces, and an outdoor patio to enjoy the amazing weather. With only a 2-minute walk to the beach, the hotel is great to have a true Santa Barbara experience.