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3 UCSB Coffee and Shake Spots to Keep You Feeling Energized

Sometimes you need a little fuel to help you study, or perhaps even a sweet reward. Here are 3 spots near campus to keep your engines running.

A soothing (and sometimes caffeinated!) beverage can be every student’s friend, especially when it comes to completing schoolwork. Here are some favorite spots—and drinks—near campus to help you feel cheerful, warm, and energized.

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7030 Market Place Dr., Goleta; 888 Embarcadero Del Norte, Goleta; University Center

Let’s face it: Starbucks is everywhere, and their seasonal favorites can make you feel warm and fuzzy even if it’s not that cold outside.

Peppermint Mocha

Bold espresso, rich chocolate, and refreshing peppermint create a classic winter flavor you’ll love.

Gingerbread Latte

Sugar and spice are always nice. This latte tastes like a gingerbread cookie with espresso and steamed milk. Whipped cream and cinnamon top off this classic drink that can be a reward for all your hard work.

Caramel Brulee Latte

Looking to match bitter espresso with something sweet? Try this concoction of steamed milk and espresso, with a caramel brulee syrup that adds a delicious flavor to your drink.

French Press

250 Storke Rd., Goleta; 1101 State Street, Santa Barbara; 528 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara

This trendy local coffee shop is a short bike or scooter ride from campus.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This is a cool-weather favorite. Pumpkin pairs well with every flavor—including coffee.

Dune Coffee Roasters Holiday Blend

This one’s a crowd favorite every year. This smooth brew blends a delicious cup of coffee with red berries, baking spices, citrus, and chocolate that pairs perfectly with any baked good.

Hot Apple Cider

Need a break from caffeine? This beverage has farm-fresh apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Blenders in the Grass

6560 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista

Sometimes you need a smoothie to satisfy your hunger. This spot offers healthful blends along with holiday favorites. Here are 2 of our must-haves:

Candy Cane Milkshake

A peppermint milkshake? Yum! This smoothie is made of nonfat milk, ice milk, and candy canes.


Nonfat milk, ice milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and real eggnog. If you’re a Gaucho who loves eggnog, try this blended twist.

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