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Review of Taos Plaza

Taos Plaza
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Taos Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Ranked #30 of 104 things to do in Taos
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Taos Plaza is the historic center of the town of Taos. Once a Spanish fortified walled plaza, it is now a beautiful collection of wonderful businesses.
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Due to the surrounding landscape among other things, this "town square" area seemed different than the standard places one visits. The shops, the people, the adobe and the architecture, the Mexican style food--all make it a place one must check out, for sure!

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Lots of arty shops, lots of good and great places to eat, but all very touristy these days. Has kept its look and feel better than a lot of these historic type places and if you have a wife that likes shopping it will certainly while away an afternoon.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Okay, fine. It's for tourists. But nothing beats a great t-shirt, and there are plenty. Also lovely jewelry shops and funky shops selling all sorts of local crafts. keep looking outside the immediate plaza, along the main streets, and you'll be treated to outstanding galleries and shops.

Thank DavidR322
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Before a trip to Taos, I suggest reading "Long Quiet Highway" for a portrait of a town that might have been. Our trip begain in Phila, where there were no direct flights to Alburquerque NM. We had a 3 hour layover in Chicago. It was a grueling drive from the airport to where we were staying, north of town. I wouldn't advise doing it at night. The mountains were lovely and picturesque but at dusk it was a little scarey. Don't expect much from the plaza or the town of Taos. Lots of stoners. Don't expect much from food or shopping, either. Lots of hokey stores and not great eats, served by young tatooed folks who looked like they missed a few meals. The best place to visit, is the bookstore, Moby Dickens. We had lunch at the diner, and some one had stolen all the catsup bottles. Portions were large and folks were friendly, but no bargains on the menu. Rough, parched, slow describes Taos. It is extremely dry, and about 10,000 feet in elevation. Lots of praire dogs, but naught a horse, chicken, goat. Cottonwoods, sagebrush and majestic mountains. South of town are some fast food eateries and Walmart. I wouldn't recommend Taos as a destination; we cut our stay short as there was nothing to do or see and I didn't feel too safe lodging on a secluded road. As for the Pueblo- forget it. New Mexico has done itself harm with all the low brow casinos. I was stunned by the poverty of the Native Americans. Glad I went and saw what there was to see as it is so different from any place I've ever visited in or outside the US.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

The plaza is picturesque. The entire area for a few blocks around is easy to walk. There are definitely the tourist traps in the area. For us, the best shopping was just off the plaza. There are some artists co-ops that offered variety within a single shop. For pottery, we were most impressed with Cisneros Arts (off the plaza, just north of Taos Inn). There is a wide variety of pottery offered in Taos and this place was more to our taste and the quality and prices were good. Family owned and the family member working the shop when we were there was very friendly, offered suggestions in the area and was helpful as we shopped without being overbearing. There is free parking just west/northwest of the plaza. I also recommend the short drive to Arroyo Seco if you are looking to shop pottery, jewelry, etc. Just a few shops but quality was good, folks were very friendly and these are local, interesting artists.

Thank HPUDAD
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