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The Plaza

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Neighborhood: Downtown
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Address: 100 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: +1 505 983 7317
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
Description: Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Plaza is the heart...
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Plaza is the heart and soul of the city. The gathering spot for residents and tourists alike is surrounded by city landmarks, shops and restaurants.
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This used to be a great retail area for arts and artist. It appears the largest parts of the best real estate have been taken over by the same ownership. Goods are Chinese copies... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This used to be a great retail area for arts and artist. It appears the largest parts of the best real estate have been taken over by the same ownership. Goods are Chinese copies and are essentially the same in all the stores. You will need to spend a lot of time to find the old Santa Fe plaza shopping... More 

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

As the heart of old town the plaza usually has something going on. In front of the palace of the governors are always a plethora of native artisans selling their wares, they have an abundance of silver and jewelry for sale in many different styles. I like to sit in the sun and just watch for a while.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Easy to get to and navigate. The La Fonda hotel has a good restaurant and bar. The wait staff was right their to see to your every need.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is often live music here all summer long. Locals dance in the street there. Great shops around the plaza for Native America Jewelry, clothes and masks. The Pubelo Indians sit on blankets and sell their art here as they have done for 500 years.

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Florida
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451 reviews 451 reviews
137 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Plaza is the oldest area of Santa Fe (at more than 400 years), and local legislation prohibits any new construction within its boundaries. The old adobe buildings are occupied today with hotels, restaurants, art galleries, jewelry shops, clothing stores, mini-malls, even a 'Five and Dime'. You can find everything from exquisite treasures to cheap T-shirts and postcards. In addition... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Even during a very cold spell in January, it was fun walking around the Plaza. Make sure you see the native American artisans showing their wares on the Plaza.

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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293 reviews 293 reviews
98 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Be prepared to find lots of bums and odd people preaching, singing, yelling, fighting with those who are preaching, peddling odd things, or otherwise degrading the atmosphere.

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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Of course you have to go to the Plaza when you are in Santa Fe. Don't think of it like a farmer's market or something like that you might be used to. This is a small section of town where people bring their handmade goods to sell. You can barter with them if you like as well. Take cash though... More 

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Lodi, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

After shopping the galleries, shop the locals. Most of the jewelry displayed is made and sold by the artists themselves. Great opportunity to meet the artists and stock up on silver and turquoise jewelry.

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Tampa, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is a must see for architecture, art, culture, and food fanatics. In the plaza (and the remainder of downtown Santa Fe) you will be surrounded by beautiful adobe architecture. There is plenty of Native American art and jewelry to purchase if that is your thing. We purchased a cheeseburger with green chili from a food truck in the plaza.... More 

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