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The Plaza

100 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
+1 505 983 7317
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Ranked #2 of 81 Shopping in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Scenic Drives, Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Taos, New Mexico
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Unfortunately, very few cities in America have a central plaza or square where people can mill about, enjoying a sunny, cool day, meet the vendors who craft beautiful jewelry and pottery, visit interesting museums, and dine on excellent traditional food - all within a few block span. The Santa Fe plaza offers all of these attractions, and is generally free... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is our 5th visit with teens to the Plaza. Everyone was occupied, well fed and happy. Wide variety of shops and food helps appeal to a wide range of ages and tastes.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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388 reviews 388 reviews
167 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The architecture around the Central Plaza in Santa Fe is not special, but the environment is somehow nice. There are some interesting shops and restaurants (The Thunderbird Grill is one of them), locals with stands to sell handcrafts and some landmarks like the Palace of the Governors, an historical museum and the New mexico Museum of Art. Although is quite... More

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Yorktown, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We loved going to the plaza and listening to music. Lots of nice places to grab a bite on the plaza. When we were there it was raining but we saw the most beautiful rainbow. During the day it is a nice place to buy a few trinkets to take home.

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Amarillo, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited in August 2014 early Saturday afternoon. Church is absolutely stunning! Beautiful from the entrance to the cathedral. It was extremely crowded. Some male visitors did not remove their hats upon entrance to the cathedral. A plaque also clearly states to please turn off you cell phones. Believe or not, some people were talking on their phones inside the cathedral!!... More

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Nipomo, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A lot of shopping in stores. But in an area of the plaza there were Indians of the local tribes selling their products, amazing to talk with and amazing handmade products.

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Amarillo, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Plaza was interesting for about an hour. The historic buildings were interesting to look at. All of the stores had the same over priced merchandise. My children wanted something handmade and all the jewelry and baskets were made in China or Indonesia. Disappointing I remember visiting as a child and there being several local Native American vendors.

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Waco, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The plaza is a great place to shop. It is so large that even though we were there for about three hours, we still didn't get to go to everything. The only thing to warn visitors about is that there are homeless people that like to walk around and ask for money. One drunk homeless man tried to put his... More

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Dallas, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
33 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a revisit for us, as our last stop was very disappointing. Unfortunately, it has not improved. A number of the old retailers are gone, sadly to be replaced by merchants that seem to be related to others on The Plaza and presenting very similar merchandise. It has all of the charm of a cruise ship stop in any... More

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Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you have any interest in possibly buying something made by a native artisans you must go to the plaza. There are strict rules that they must follow. The artisans who set up at the Palace of Governors have made the work that you are looking at. They are really wonderful to talk with about their work. And many of... More

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