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.
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.
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.
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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