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Vices & Spices

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3558 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
+1 805-687-7196
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

My brother moved to SB, just a few blocks from V&S 39 years ago. They have now been open for 41 years (the staff just told me this trip). I have gotten my morning "fix" and pastry, plus several other cups during the day for 30-40 trips+ to SB. This is my favorite place. Great teas et al. Make a... More 

Thank Wil D
Santa Barbara, California
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Hate to put this one on the map. It's a priced local haunt, a quiet gathering place for intelligent conversation & excellent coffee. The tables are scarred, the magazines are donations, the greeting cards, sophisticated and unusual. So is the small collection of unique, handmade gift items. Banks of various coffees and teas in glass cookie jars, spices in bulk--the... More 

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The staff is so friendly and the coffee is really quite good. I went in to get decaffeinated coffee for my mother in law for mothers day and ended up also buying her a scarf and a card. They also helped me pick out a beautiful garnet necklace for my mother. This is a wonderful and eclectic coffee shop. I... More 

Thank Kelly A
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Great place to get really good coffee. Highly recommend the Hawaiian blend, and the staff will help you choose grind specific to your brewing needs. They have a neat coffee club. Great teas too! If you need a gift they have those too, and they carry spices. Candy, and chocolates by local artisan chocolate du Cali Bressan. Nice place to... More 

Thank iamxoxo
Santa Barbara, California
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143 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Great selection of coffees, teas and even last minute gifts for any occasions. A neighborhood hangout for the past 30 plus years

Thank HEH352
Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Vices and Spices is a cozy little one-of-a-kind, non-chain coffee and spice shop in the 'upper State,' non-downtown area of Santa Barbara. It is not completely the coffee and teas that distinguish this shop, but the ambiance...and shopping! And while you'll find a international selection of coffees, lattes and cuppuchinos with pasties to accompany, but also bulk spices from around... More 

Thank Kris M
Buellton, California
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116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Lived here for 10 years and this place introduced me to fine coffee. It was 35 years ago for me and the owner taught me the ins and outs of making coffee. I don't get here much anymore living 40 miles north. I can't imagine the owner being here every day anymore, maybe he does. I have usually been perfectly... More 

Thank toadandbear
Pasadena, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

I would have given this place "excellent" if we had received at least a smile on one of the two days we visited. I'm guessing it was also the owner of the shop who couldn't even say a hello or good morning but just filled the tiny space with supplies. That aside, the coffee was great, I believe it was... More 

Thank bfigueroa18
Santa Barbara, CA
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

Very local - in a good way - with an eclectic array of items for sale in the small space they have. A good variety of coffee and tea. Very nice staff who know the area well, so feel free to ask questions.

Thank ohana
Sacramento, California
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Vices & Spices is now an SB tradition for my boyfriend and I. The moment we get into town, no matter what time it is, it's always the very first place we go! I can not rave enough about how amazing their coffee is... Their self serving counter is a fun little touch and with the price point, you can't... More 

Thank Danielle H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3558 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-687-7196

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?