Santa Fe Shopping

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 handcrafted 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 district around the Plaza has 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 an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, gift shops, and avant-garde contemporary art galleries—it’s the most cosmopolitan of Santa Fe’s shopping areas.

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Collected Works Book Store

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

Garcia Street Books

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This outstanding independent shop is strong on art, architecture, cookbooks, literature, and regional Southwestern works—it's a block...

Nicholas Potter

  • Books/Stationery

The specialty here are used, rare, and out-of-print books, along with an extensive collection of Southwest art and artifacts. Modern...

Photo-eye Bookstore and Gallery

  • Books/Stationery

This is your source of an almost unbelievable collection of new, rare, and out-of-print photography books; the staff is made up of photographers...

Travel Bug

  • Books/Stationery

Here you'll find a huge array of guides and books about travel, and USGS and other maps. You'll also find all sorts of gadgets for hikers...


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