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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Cicada Collection

    The Plaza | Clothing

    Modern European women's apparel in timeless styles and muted colors are the hallmark of this intimate boutique that provides a refreshing contrast...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Mirá

    The Plaza | Clothing

    The women's clothing here is edgy and eclectic, combining the adventurous spirit of New Mexico with global contemporary fashion. The shop has...Read More

  • 8. Nathalie

    East Side and Canyon Road | Clothing

    There are many fans of Parisian-born owner Nathalie Kent's distinctive style and carefully curated collection of vintage and new pieces. Though...Read More

  • 9. Origins

    The Plaza | Clothing

    Borrowing from many cultures, Origins carries pricey women's wear like antique kimonos and custom-dyed silk jackets, with the overall look of...Read More

  • 10. Red River Mercantile

    The Plaza | Clothing

    This small but well-stocked space is one of the best spots in town for rugged and stylish—but casual—men's wear, along with backpacks, computer...Read More

  • 11. Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works

    Railyard District | Clothing

    For gear related to just about any outdoors activity you can think of, check out this well-stocked shop that both sells and rents hiking, climbing...Read More

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