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. 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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. Arrediamo

    The Plaza | Household Items/Furniture

    One of the top spots in the Southwest for handmade Turkish, Persian, and Afghan rugs, Arrediamo also carries a fine selection of authentic Navajo...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School

    West of the Plaza | Household Items/Furniture

    In DeVargas shopping center, Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe stocks a fantastic selection of cookery, tableware, and kitchen gadgetry and gifts. The...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Pandora's

    West of the Plaza | Household Items/Furniture

    Beautiful, carefully curated items for the home—some produced regionally and others from Peru, Uzbekistan, the Congo, and other far-flung lands...Read More

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