Stan’s Favorite Coffee Spots

Coffee Cat

Kitty-corner from the Santa Barbara Court House and just one block off State Street, this place has a slightly urban feel to it. A great place to linger with a great cup of coffee and your laptop, while checking the time on the Court House Tower. Located on the corner of Anapamu Street and Anacapa Street.

Daily Grind

The abundance of indoor and outdoor seating, its own small parking lot, late night hours and surf theme make this a busy local hangout. Great food along with great coffee. Located on the corner of Mission Street and De la Vina Street.

Goleta Coffee Company

Chances are locals don’t even know that Goleta Coffee exists since it is so tucked away in a Hollister strip mall. A true clandestine coffee den with a funky appeal and a menu which also includes amazing sandwiches, baked goods and smoothies. Couches, recliners, artwork, indoor & outdoor tables, WiFi and a lot of smiles. 177 S. Turnpike Road next to Von’s.

Java Station

The homey, living room atmosphere (right down to the fireplace) of this place attracts locals and just those in search of a good cup of coffee. Sit on a couch and linger. Hidden at 4447 Hollister Avenue two blocks past Modoc Road, but worth the journey to find it!


OK, it is a chain store, but it is across State Street from my office, which makes it a very convenient “local” hangout with both indoor and some outdoor seating. Great coffee and tea! 3905 State Street

Santa Barbara Roasting Company

An oddly hidden place in a high-profile spot, but worth the effort to find it. The industrial decor suits it well, since it is within a block of the 101 Freeway. Great coffee made from locally roasted beans. WiFi. Located 321 Motor Way behind the City parking lot just off the 300 block of State Street.

Vices & Spices

Looking for the oldest, most unassuming and homey coffee place in Santa Barbara, try this one on Upper State Street. It is so small, you will probably drive right by it, but there is ample parking behind the store. Be ready for great service and rare coffees. 3558 State Street

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