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. Patina

    The Plaza | Jewelry & Watches

    In this airy, museum-like space, you'll find outstanding contemporary jewelry, textiles, and sculptural objects of metal, clay, and wood. With...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Golden Eye

    The Plaza | Jewelry & Watches

    In this pint-size shop (even by Santa Fe standards) you'll find gorgeous handcrafted jewelry in high-karat gold, often paired with gemstones...Read More

  • 5. LewAllen & LewAllen Jewelry

    The Plaza | Jewelry & Watches

    Father-and-daughter silversmiths Ross and Laura LewAllen run this impressive shop. Handmade jewelry ranges from whimsical to mystical inside...Read More

  • 6. Rippel & Company

    The Plaza | Jewelry & Watches

    Proprieter and talented silversmith John Rippel fell in love with Santa Fe during a road trip in the late '60s. Inspired by the landscape and...Read More

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