Pick up a memento from your visit to Santa Cruz County and choose from an array of boutiques and family-owned shops. Browse locally-made keepsakes in Downtown Santa Cruz, Capitola Village, on the Santa Cruz Wharf, and other spots. Specialty retail shops, state park gift shops, tasting rooms, and gift shops at various attractions around town are unique places to bring home something for yourself or a friend!
Visitors can shop at Home/Work, a vibrant midtown shop that serves as a hub for beautifully designed, local artisan goods. Discover lovely tableware from Sanny Ceramics, hammered brass jewelry from Sticks and Stones, hand block printed linens from Willow Ship, and Salt Roots Soaps’ gorgeous handmade bars named for destinations around the Monterey Bay.
Spend a day shopping in scenic Capitola Village! The beauty and charm of this Mediterranean-inspired seaside town oozes out of nestled buildings with colorful exteriors, as if the picturesque ocean views weren’t enough. The atmosphere in Capitola Village is unique, as are the plentiful shops and galleries, many of them family-owned, which beckon with clever names and eye-catching window displays. You never know what you may discover- some funky jewelry, local art, the perfect vacation memento, cute beach attire. Capitola Village has it all, and all within proximity to the sand and waves.
For a one-of-a-kind find, visit during a Downtown Santa Cruz Antiques Faire, held during the second Sunday of every month. It’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll find a little bit of everything here. UCSC students sort through vintage clothes and old stereo decks while 80s kids relive their childhood with memorable toys like original Star Wars and He-Man figures. Vendors rotate frequently so you’re guaranteed to find something new each month.
See below for a full list of places to shop in Santa Cruz County!