Santa Fe

Santa Fe has been a trading post for eons. Nearly a thousand years ago the great pueblos of the Chacoan civilizations were strategically located between the buffalo-hunting tribes of the Great Plains and the Indians of Mexico. Native Americans in New Mexico traded turquoise and other valuables with Indians from Mexico for metals, shells, parrots, and other exotic items. After the arrival of the Spanish and the West's subsequent development, Santa Fe became the place to exchange silver from Mexico and natural resources from New Mexico for manufactured goods, whiskey, and greenbacks from the United States. The construction of the railroad in 1880 brought Santa Fe access to all kinds of manufactured goods.

The trading legacy remains, but now Downtown Santa Fe caters increasingly to those looking for handmade furniture and crafts, and bespoke apparel and accessories. Sure, a few chains have moved in and a handful of fairly tatty souvenir shops still proliferate, but shopping in Santa Fe consists mostly of high-quality, one-of-a-kind independent stores. Canyon Road, packed with internationally acclaimed galleries, is the perfect place to browse for art and collectibles. The Downtown blocks around the Plaza have unusual gift and curio shops, as well as clothiers and shoe stores that range from theatrical to conventional. You’ll find quite a few art galleries here, too. The hip, revitalized Railyard District (sometimes referred to as the Guadalupe District), less touristy than the Plaza, is on Downtown's southwest perimeter and includes a wide-ranging mix of trendy boutiques, gift shops, and avant-garde contemporary art galleries—it’s arguably the most eclectic of Santa Fe’s shopping areas.

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  • 1. Andrew Smith Gallery

    The Plaza | Art Galleries

    This highly esteemed photo gallery deals in works by Edward S. Curtis and other 19th-century chroniclers of the American West. Other major figures...Read More

  • 2. Back at the Ranch

    The Plaza | Clothing

    This cozy space in an old, creaky-floored adobe is stocked with perhaps the finest handmade cowboy boots you will ever see—in every color, style...Read More

  • 3. Collected Works Book Store

    The Plaza | Books/Stationery

    You'll find a great selection of art and travel books here, including a generous selection of titles on Southwestern art, architecture, and...Read More

  • 4. Doodlet's

    The Plaza | Household Items/Furniture

    Check out the whimsical collection of stuff: pop-up books, silly postcards, tin art, hooked rugs, and stringed lights. Wonderment is in every...Read More

  • 5. Double Take

    Railyard District | Household Items/Furniture

    This rambling 25,000-square-foot shop ranks among the best consignment stores in the West, carrying elaborately embroidered vintage cowboy shirts...Read More

  • 6. Gerald Peters Gallery

    East Side and Canyon Road | Art Galleries

    Santa Fe's most impressive gallery of American and European art from the 19th century to the present. Contained within are works by Max Weber...Read More

  • 7. Jackalope

    South Side | Household Items/Furniture

    You could easily spend a couple of hours wandering through this legendary indoor-outdoor bazaar, which sprawls over 7 acres, incorporating several...Read More

  • 8. Kakawa


    You're unlikely to ever have tasted anything like the divine, agave-sweetened, artisanal creations that emerge from this shop. Historically...Read More

  • 9. LewAllen Galleries

    Railyard District | Art Galleries

    Set in a dramatic 14,000-square-foot neo-industrial building beside the farmers' market in the Railyard District, this leader in both contemporary...Read More

  • 10. Manitou Galleries

    The Plaza | Art Galleries

    This respected gallery near the Plaza carries mostly contemporary representational paintings and sculptures by such world-class artists as Jie...Read More

  • 11. Modern General

    Railyard District | Household Items/Furniture

    With a clean, orderly aesthetic that seems right out of the pages of Kinfolk , this updated, upscale take on a general store carries gorgeous...Read More

  • 12. Morning Star Gallery

    East Side and Canyon Road | Crafts

    Owned by the prestigious Nedra Matteucci Galleries, this is a veritable museum of Native American art and artifacts. An adobe shaded by a huge...Read More

  • 13. O'Farrell Hats

    The Plaza | Clothing

    Scott O'Farrell (son of the shop's late founder, Kevin) and his highly trained staff carry on the tradition of producing carefully designed...Read More

  • 14. Patina

    The Plaza | Jewelry & Watches

    In this airy, museum-like space, you'll find outstanding contemporary jewelry, textiles, and sculptural objects of metal, clay, and wood. With...Read More

  • 15. Photo-eye Bookstore and Gallery

    East Side and Canyon Road | Books/Stationery

    The place to go for an almost unbelievable collection of new, rare, and out-of-print photography books; the staff is made up of photographers...Read More

  • 16. Robert Nichols Gallery

    East Side and Canyon Road | Crafts

    This long-running establishment on Canyon Road represents a remarkable group of Native American ceramics artists doing primarily nontraditional...Read More

  • 17. Santa Fe Dry Goods

    The Plaza | Clothing

    This spacious, venerable shop in a vintage storefront on the Plaza carries a who's who of haute, international designer brands for women, including...Read More

  • 18. Santa Fe Farmers Market

    Railyard District | Market

    Browse through the vast selection of local produce, meat, flowers, honey, wine, jams, and cheese—much of it organic—at the thriving Santa Fe...Read More

  • 19. Todos Santos

    The Plaza | Food/Candy

    This tiny candy shop in the 18th-century courtyard of Sena Plaza sells must-be-seen-to-be-believed works of edible art, including chocolate...Read More

  • 20. Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

    The Plaza | Ceramics/Glassware

    You can browse some of the nation's finest examples of both historic and contemporary Native pottery at this gallery a couple of blocks east...Read More

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