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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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Amarillo, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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102 reviews 102 reviews
28 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Friendly, safe area to browse and shop. It's really grown up since we were last there about 30 years ago!

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Mesquite, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The plaza is a good place to get a feel for Santa Fe's uniqueness. There are quite a few vendors and the jewelry is authentic. One of the noticeable differences from most tourist venues like this is that none of the artisans are being pushy and there are no sales pitches going on. They are proud of their work and... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Normally I'm a pretty generous reviewer - I usually enjoy *something* in every place I visit. However, the plaza in Santa Fe was really disappointing. First, it was *extremely* crowded with tourists, even on a Tuesday afternoon. Of course one would expect that, and it doesn't really bother me. However, I know for some people, that can be a real... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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88 reviews 88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

While in Santa Fe, be sure to visit The Plaza. The beautiful Pueblo style buildings are everywhere. Seated around the Palace of the Governors you will find Native American artisans displaying their work. All is for sale and most, if not all, are good buys. The artists attend a lottery each morning to determine if they will have a place... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We enjoyed the day walking around. Lots of places to eat and shop. Most of the shops are silver, gold jewelry places and high end art shops and galleries. There are some chains there - Chicos, Overland Sheep, and others -reminds me of Aspen - for us we can look but can't afford to buy. Some Native American stands but... More

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Tampa, FL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

If you're looking to do some shopping, particularly jewelry, in downtown Santa Fe, there are 4 places you need to know about. BEWARE! Many of the stores within the Plaza are high-pressure, slick-talking schemes. They are NOT Native American owned and there is no guarantee that their high-priced wares are authentic. I got tricked and learned the hard way of... More

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