Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe Plaza
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Surrounded by city landmarks, including art and history museums, the Santa Fe Plaza is the heart and soul of the capital city. Sit back on one of the square’s benches to people-watch and take in the small-town feel. Then, set out to explore the countless art galleries, shops, and flea markets in the area. Try the local street food from the food carts, or if you’re in the mood to splurge, check out the dozen or so high-end restaurants. You can also sign up for a walking tour to learn more about the city’s rich history. – Tripadvisor
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  • Laura R
    Olathe, Kansas161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun shops and artwork!
    Lots of fun shops (jewelry, art, crafts etc) to go into and buy something. Fabulous sculptures in and around the area as well. Parking a bit difficult but still worth getting out for a stroll…
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 22, 2023
  • maldenmusic
    Malden, Missouri1,955 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every Santa Fe trip should include the Plaza
    We've been here more times than can be remembered (used to live in SF) and we never miss it. It's a great place for relaxing, eating, shopping, etc. Sit on a bench in the shade and people watch or stroll down the Palace of the Governors to see all the wares for sale by Native American artisans. There's something for everyone.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • pattie t
    114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recomend
    parking is hard, we found some at the Municipal building in the underground garage. nice & shady. Very walkable with little shops & galeries. I Highly recommend you see the LORETTO CHAPEL with the floating stairs.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom1,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely centre of the city but a bit of a contradiction.
    The hub of the city with its beautiful Central Park surrounded by historical adobe museums and buildings. Definitely worth visiting. Sitting here in the shade you can take a breath and enjoy the atmosphere. On both occasions I was there a local Native American was providing authentic music, the birds were singing and it felt like the world was at peace. My only reservation which meant I nearly scored this average is the fact that there are lots of Native Americans sat on the floor surrounding the plaza. The issue I have is the fact that whilst there is no doubt their presence adds to the atmosphere and authenticity of the city, the city doesn’t acknowledge this by giving them proper stands on which to display their goods instead of leaving them on the cold floor. The contradiction that around the corner are masses of shops selling goods worth thousands made me uncomfortable. It felt disrespectful.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • carlotaTravel4fun
    614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A leisurely afternoon in the Plaza.
    A very busy plaza with places to sit in the shade, listen to music by local musicians, and enjoy the afternoon. Local jewelry artists display their wares along one side of the Plaza. There always seemed to something going on at this focal point in the historic section of Santa Fe.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Roving54846081637
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Fe Trip from Albuquerque
    There's a train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe that costs only $6 for students. The plaza was close to the rail station so we decided to visit the plaza. The weather was good. It's cooler than Albuquerque. Plenty of places to dine. I'd recommend the ones that serve traditional foods.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • FRANCIS P
    Colorado Springs, Colorado682 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    NICE PLACE TO VISIT
    We took our adult children who are visiting from Dubai to Santa Fe. First time for them. They enjoyed walking around the stores that circled the plaza and all the people selling items in front of the governors palace. The last time my wife were there, we saw the band Pink Freud, who were great.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Kimberly K
    Fort Worth, Texas5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Fe Plaza General Comments
    Santa Fe Plaza is mostly galleries and shopping, A LOT of shopping. Don't miss San Miguel, the oldest church in the US as well as the adjacent oldest house in the US, a short walk from the plaza. I enjoyed the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, but admission is steep at $22 (in my opinion). San Francisco Bar & Grill had delicious, reasonably priced food.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 18, 2024
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DTen
Vail, CO342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited Santa Fe for Spring Break and had the best trip!! It was chilly Feb 16-21 but mostly our weather was great.
The Plaza is a nice big space and we enjoyed sitting on the benches getting some sun. There’s lots to do around the plaza: shops, restaurants and museums.
There was a drummer one day who was excellent.
The artists set up their wares under the portico at the Palace of the Governors every day starting at 9:00 with more arriving by 10.
We ate at Plaza Cafe and had a very delicious meal. We stopped in the Five & Dime for some Santa Fe Incense at a good price. We did a 10:30 docent led tour at the NM History Museum which was excellent.
Lots to do at the Plaza!!!
Written March 1, 2020
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goldieOK
Oklahoma City, OK71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Usually something interesting on the Santa Fe Plaza. Free concerts in the summer, Indian Market in August and Hispanic Market in July, Fiesta Santa Fe over Labor Day weekend. But the most enjoyable time on the Plaza is when nothing is going on, just having a cup of coffee, people watching, listening to am itinerant musician, watching people chase their kiddies. It's a lovely place. Many restaurants around the Plaza have balcony dining so you can have a Prickly Pear Margarita and enjoy the atmosphere.
Written February 19, 2020
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Randy2353
North Palm Beach, FL1,769 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The plaza can also be called a park as it is in the center of town and seems to be the center of attraction. Of course it attracts all different types of people and it has the varied local activities. It is interesting because not only is it very lovely, but it displays the culture of the area. A must see. Well worth it.
Written January 23, 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Our week-long stay at Otra Vez was only a couple of blocks away from the Plaza and we were fortunate to be there for the end of the Indian ceremonial dances and presentations. It's not as hectic a time of year as the Indian Festival is and this was an opportunity for the original people to demonstrate their heritage.

We were really looking forward to a vendor's stand selling the Indian Fry Bread like they do when the summer festival is in full swing but there was only one lone little food cart selling tacos and other similar fare. We actually did get to see some of the authentic dances instead.

The two performing groups were made up of young people dressed in ritual clothing accompanied by drums and chanting done by the elders. Typically, two elders and a group of 5 dancers would perform in front of the gazebo.

Weather can take a rapid turn for the worst this time of year and it did. Rain put an end to the demonstrations immediately. Northern New Mexico can get like that (and it does).

For us, we admired the outfits worn by the performers/dancers but wondered what the significance of the animal pelt hanging from the back of the male dancers' waists signified. Had it not been raining so hard, we most certainly would have asked! The young ladies wore beautiful dresses with scarves draped off their shoulders.

Keeping the culture and the stories alive is such a valuable cultural gift that we were glad they shared with us all.
Written October 22, 2021
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Linette J
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A very pretty place with food trucks, artists selling wares, places to sit and lots of shopping all around. A great way to spend a few hours (and a few hundred dollars) There are lots of food and shopping options from modest to very expensive.

My one beef is that there are NO public restrooms available. You have to go into one of the hotels, or beg for mercy. In a place that is 100% tourist supported this is a ridiculous situation. There should be restrooms provided for the people shopping or eating open air on the plaza.

Also had an issue with two hour parking. We had to repeatedly walk all the way back to our vehicle to feed the meter, which can be quite a hike as well as a problem when you are dining several blocks away.

For the amount of money the average visitor drops in this area, these inconveniences make no sense. They either want to support the tourists who support them or they don't. Sine many of the tourists spending big dollars there are seniors, these are two very real issues.
Written October 5, 2021
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katyflower
Midland, TX371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
The Santa Fe plaza is always fun whether you are shopping or people watching. The native Americans who set up at the Governors building are certified genuine and that’s always good to
Know. Most of the artists are right there showing there wares. Musicians come play and natives in full regalia showed up on Saturday. Always surprises.
Written October 31, 2021
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kathyp686
Anchorage, AK1,355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This plaza is the center of activity and small individual / native artists selling jewelry daily along one side of the plaza. Other activities go on here throughout the day and more so on weekends. At night it has beautiful lights. We walked to the plaza multiple times a day to see what was happening. Small shops and a few restaurants surround the plaza. The oldest building, Palace of the Governors is on one side of the plaza.
Written February 19, 2020
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daanddo
Lehigh Valley, PA922 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We always enjoy strolling around the place, checking out the architecture, shops, galleries, restaurants and museums. We were there just before Christmas and the plaza was beautifully decorated, the Native American venders were selling their jewelry, other craftspeople had booths and the weather was comfortable for late December. We saw gorgeous artwork in several galleries, tasted some delicious chocolate, looked at crafts, heard some stretches music and had lunch, It is always a go0d way to spend and afternoon.
Written January 1, 2020
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Degner
Midwest City, United States20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Santa Fe Plaza is a must see. The local artists with their beautiful crafts on display and the stores are unique and boast local flair. Duck into the museum and please see the art galleries- you may come home with something totally fabulous
Written January 20, 2020
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jessjjmc
Texas266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a really neat place to see local artisans and native Americans selling their wares. Lots of authentic jewelry and crafts. Many of the vendors are able to explain their craft and the native symbols on their jewelry pieces. All of the artisans under the porch area on the north side are required to be a member of and display their certification of authentic Native American crafts. I appreciated knowing that what we were looking at and purchasing was authentic and handmade by local artists. There are also artists and vendors in the middle area of the plaza, but those are not necessarily Native American or certified.
Written February 15, 2020
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