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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Asian Adobe

    The Plaza | Household Items/Furniture

    Browse porcelain lamps, ornate antique baby hats and shoes, red-lacquer armoires, and similarly stunning Chinese and Southeast Asian artifacts...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Design Warehouse

    The Plaza | Household Items/Furniture

    A welcome antidote to Santa Fe's preponderance of shops selling Native American and Spanish-colonial antiques, Design Warehouse carries hip...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. La Mesa

    East Side and Canyon Road | Household Items/Furniture

    La Mesa has become well known for showcasing contemporary handcrafted, mostly functional, works by more than two dozen, mostly local, artists...Read More

  • 8. Móntez Gallery

    Household Items/Furniture

    Set inside a historic chapel just outside the main village in Truchas, this beautiful gallery sells Hispanic works of religious art and decoration...Read More

  • 9. Antique Warehouse

    Railyard District | Antiques & Collectibles

    If staying in a Santa Fe B&B or historic inn has you now yearning for the heavy, ornately carved chests, doors, tables, and decorative items...Read More

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