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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Array

    Railyard District | Household Items/Furniture

    In this cozy Railyard District shop you'll find a well-curated selection of home goods—tableware, candles and folk art from Mexico, tote bags...Read More

  • 6. Casa Nova

    Railyard District | Household Items/Furniture

    A spacious shop that sells functional and decorative art from around the world, Casa Nova deftly mixes colors, textures, and cultural icons...Read More

  • 7. Charlotte Jackson Fine Art

    Railyard District | Art Galleries

    This Railyard District notable focuses primarily on monochromatic "radical" painting and sculpture and is set in a fantastic, open space in...Read More

  • 8. Cupcake Clothing

    Railyard District | Clothing

    This hip store is just off Guadalupe Street in the busy Railyard District. Inside you'll find all sorts of stylish clothing, shoes, and accessories...Read More

  • 9. Eidos

    Railyard District | Jewelry & Watches

    Check out "concept-led" minimalist contemporary jewelry from European designers and Deborah Alexander and Gordon Lawrie, who own the store....Read More

  • 10. EVOKE Contemporary

    Railyard District | Antiques & Collectibles

    In a striking, high-ceilinged space in the Railyard District, EVOKE ranks among the more diverse contemporary galleries in town, with works...Read More

  • 11. Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

    Railyard District | Art Galleries

    The sleek design of this airy, two-story gallery with a skylighted atrium is a fitting venue for the cutting-edge photography, paintings, sculptures...Read More

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