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Shopping in Santa Fe

Santa Fe was founded as a trading centre and it still reigns as a superlative shopping destination. It is one of the top art markets in the country for contemporary fine art and is an excellent place to shop for quality Native American jewellery and handicrafts as well as fashions and gifts with a south-western flair.

Key areas

Santa Fe's commercial galleries will appeal to anyone who enjoys art, even if you are not a serious collector. Key areas include Canyon Road, with over 100 galleries, and the cluster of showrooms in the Railyard Arts District. The Railyard/Guadalupe district is also noted for its one-of-a-kind boutiques. There are more art galleries around the downtown Plaza, but this area is known for its enticing, family-owned shops selling cookware, cutlery, leather goods, clothing, jewellery and gifts. Santa Fe's museum shops are a great source of unique gifts.


A market selling jewellery and handicrafts handmade by Pueblo Indians operates daily under the portal (arcade) at the Palace of the Governors. Santa Fe's Farmers Market at the Railyard is held every Saturday morning and Tuesday mornings from May to November. The Railyard Artisan Market runs every Sunday 1000-1600. Annual special markets include the Traditional Spanish Market and International Folk Art Market, both in July, and the Indian Market in August.

Shopping centres

Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe, at 8380 Cerrillos Road, is New Mexico's only outlet centre. It has more than 30 name brand stores offering discounted merchandise.

Opening hours

Shops and galleries are generally open daily from 0900 or 1000 until 1700 or 1800. Some may close one day a week or have shorter hours on Sunday. Shopping centres stay open until 2100.


Turquoise and silver jewellery is not only beautiful but a symbol of Santa Fe. Natural turquoise is rare and carries a high price tag, but there are pieces of lesser grade to suit all price ranges. Other stones, beaded jewellery, woven baskets and textiles, as well as handmade pottery by Native American artisans, make beautiful souvenirs. Kokopelli, the flute-playing, dancing corn god, is a popular motif, seen on everything from key rings to sandstone coasters. Carved statues, mirrors and decorative objects made from hammered tin illustrate the city's Hispanic influence. Edible souvenirs such as dried chilli peppers or chilli powder bring home the taste of Santa Fe.

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Featured Hotels


El Rey Inn

This renovated motor court motel offers exceptional comfort and southwestern style in rooms and suites. It has a swimming pool, patios and gardens within its grounds.

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Sharing grounds with the fabled Loretto Chapel, this 134-room hotel in Santa Fe exudes luxury. It features a fabulous spa, and hosts an Artists-in-Residence programme.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa

Spreading over six landscaped acres near the Plaza, this elegant boutique resort hotel in Santa Fe offers 157 rooms in casitas (small houses), a spa and a sophisticated bar and restaurant in the Staab House . Try for rooms with fireplaces and patios, located above the spa.

Las Palomas

A collection of 53 studios and casitas in a historic adobe compound three blocks from the Plaza provide guests with one or two bedrooms, living rooms, fireplaces and mini-kitchens.

Santa Fe Sage Inn

The former Santa Fe Budget Inn has been updated to an attractive facility, but still represents very good value for money. The motel has 154 rooms, swimming pool, computer dataports, in-room coffee and a good downtown location.

Ten Thousand Waves

This Asian-themed spa and bathhouse offers serene lodging in Zen-inspiring casitas or an Airstream trailer restyled as a sleeping car. Amenities vary from basic to more elaborate, with living room, fireplace, TV and balcony.