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Review of The Plaza

The Plaza
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$89.99*
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Santa Fe 'Sip and Savor' Food Tour
Ranked #8 of 272 things to do in Santa Fe
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Plaza is synonymous with Santa Fe. It is like a visit to a time long past. Great architectural buildings dating back to the beginnings of Santa Fe itself. Lots of unique shops but best of all are the Native Americans who line one side of the Plaza selling their hand made jewelry. What a unique experience! This absolutely cannot be missed! The Plaza also serves as a cultural center for the residents of Santa Fe and many festivals and celebrations are held in the park in the center of the Plaza.

1  Thank Tammy S
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

This was a fun place to explore. Lots of tourists, but we were some of them so just went with the flow. Lots of stores that carry locally made items, which we really enjoyed learning about. Finding parking can be a hassle at times. Nice area to be able to get some walking in & shop at the same time.

Thank dabsyr
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

I do love the Plaza in Santa Fe. It's historic, beautiful, fun…and pricey! But the people who work in the shops are professionals and not snobby, although they deal with people with A LOT of money all day long, day in and day out. For cheaper souvenir-type things, there is the "Five and Dime," which I always stop at, just because it is so funky and they sell a little of everything. There's are a couple of other shops right on the Plaza that aren't very expensive, but most of them are. The food down in the plaza is just wonderful, especially if you like New Mexico fare, where the main question is always: "Red or Green?" as in chili sauce.

2  Thank Mae W
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We come to Santa Fe every year and this is how we see the Plaza. In the daytime it is the hub of the city and a must see. Years ago it was totally safe at night, then there was a period where thugs hung out there. Then the drive around the plaza in front of the portico where the indians sell their goods was blocked so that it was not a complete drive around the entire Plaza. This and added security stopped the cruisers, "gangsta types", break dancers and skate boarders that hung out there. It was very nice for a few years. This year, we have been detained by many pan handlers and homeless take over the benches and door ways after dark. So sad. We hope the authorities see these comments because experiences like these could reduce tourist interest and affect sales in the area. Bad for businesses who stay open late and restaurants in the area that serve dinner. We also saw groups of people smoking pot and others "casing" parked cars, both on the street and in the municipal lots…so be sure to hide goods in the trunk, close windows and lock the doors. Two shop owners in Sena Plaza lamented the lack of business with wonderment. I hated to tell them that it was not just a slow economy but some people choosing to simply "not shop after dark".

4  Thank MaryEllenM27
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Great shopping! Native Americans display and sell beautiful jewlery on the weekend. There are also very good restaurants on and around the Plaza. Its absolutely one of the coolest places! Love the Plaza and Santa Fe.

Thank Ruth S
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