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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  • pattie t
    109 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 Kingdom2,768 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
    637 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, Colorado663 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
  • Kathrine
    Pennsylvania583 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Plaza, but walk off the plaza to surrounding streets
    Many shops and restaurants surround the green square. Definitely go off the square to the other streets for beautiful architecture, more shops and restaurants. On weekends, Native Americans sell their lovely jewelry, blankets etc under the cover next to the Palace of the Governors. Don’t miss the cathedral a few blocks away. We were a bit disappointed when we went inside the Palace of Governors. It was almost empty. Expected more inside. Parking is insane. There is a parking garage at La Fonda Hotel. Glad we walked from our hotel.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2024
  • FamilyTravel
    Clayton, North Carolina38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plaza and chapel visits
    My family spent a total of two hours in the plaza area on a Saturday. We found street parking two blocks away. We visited the basilica, Loretto Chapel, and the plaza shops and vendors in this two hours. We enjoyed it, and we were done with everything in a couple Of hours.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2024
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Clayton, NC38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My family spent a total of two hours in the plaza area on a Saturday. We found street parking two blocks away. We visited the basilica, Loretto Chapel, and the plaza shops and vendors in this two hours. We enjoyed it, and we were done with everything in a couple
Of hours.
Written June 12, 2024
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Doug G
Phoenix, AZ133 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I've been visiting for years, and I always stay within a few blocks of the Plaza. This time, however, the streets were full of local teens cruising, blasting loud music, and shouting insults at the tourists through open windows. There was not a police officer in sight the entire two days I visited. We were supposed to stay one more day, but I didn't feel comfortable walking the streets of Santa Fe after dark. It's clear this next generation of Santa Feans does not welcome the tourists. I'm happy to spend my travel dollars somewhere else that does.
Written June 7, 2024
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Many shops and restaurants surround the green square. Definitely go off the square to the other streets for beautiful architecture, more shops and restaurants. On weekends, Native Americans sell their lovely jewelry, blankets etc under the cover next to the Palace of the Governors. Don’t miss the cathedral a few blocks away. We were a bit disappointed when we went inside the Palace of Governors. It was almost empty. Expected more inside. Parking is insane. There is a parking garage at La Fonda Hotel. Glad we walked from our hotel.
Written June 2, 2024
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Tony B
Collins, GA64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A unique experience. Beautiful, heavily Mexican-influenced architecture. Wonderful Tex-Mex foods, wines and spirits. I wish I could tell you this was an overwhelmingly relaxing experience - but I cannot. As beautiful as the drives are to Bandelier and Hwy 502 from Los Alamos back into the city is the level of disgust and annoyance that I found the nightly noise level around Old Santa Fe Inn and Santa Fe Plazas. The City of Santa Fe is in SERIOUS need of an enforceable noise ordinance for loud exhaust on mostly cars and pickup trucks, most of these apparently operated by juveniles or adults who are completely unwilling or uninterested in keeping their noise confined to the interstate or dragstrip.

This is our first time to Santa Fe and we found the entire area between the State buildings and the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi to be absolutely charming. The level of artisan participation in helping to attract serious money and tourism to this district of the city is very similar to, and only comparable to, Scottsdale. What Scottsdale has, however, is intolerance for the kind of ridiculous noise created by persons from the inner city who have no agenda or intent to spend money in the artisan area, dine in its superb restaurants, or appreciate the art and architecture there. We'll be back but I am in great hopes the City of Santa Fe with address this unacceptable level of noise to this area as it may well be the principal factor limiting other money from coming to this well-deserved area of town. Strikes me as odd that the merchants there tolerate this at all.
Written June 1, 2024
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Carol M
Deerfield, NH8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Square is okay, with lots of colorful characters making good people watching. But keep your wits about you! The problem is that some shops take advantage of innocent older women. Case in point: Avoid “Kamea,” the new name for the former “Santa Fe Spa Center by Voupre,” at 208-B W. San Francisco. They accost people on the sidewalk, lure them in with a sample, and use every trick in the book to get them to buy skincare products that are way overpriced and of questionable benefit. Suddenly people find huge charges on their credit cards. Don’t ruin your trip: Avoid the scammers and beware of unethical high-pressure techniques.
Written May 20, 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
During our four delightful days in Santa Fe we passed by the Santa Fe Plaza more times I could count. Lovely place to linger in the garden, enjoy beautiful galleries, shop in beautiful boutiques and take in artistic atmosphere of the vibrant city.
Written May 19, 2024
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Kelly H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I would not have been able to see the plaza without staying at the Hotel St. Francis -- parking would otherwise have made it impossible. (More because of my own incompetence -- but nervous drivers, take note, the streets are cramped and parking options are both few and confusing.) The plaza itself, however, is fabulous. The historic architecture, the covered sidewalks, the variety of shops -- it's a fun place to walk around, for hours. The Cathedral Basilica is an amazing place for photos, and there's a lovely little garden where you can sit and relax for a while.
Written May 17, 2024
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Mike S
Houston, TX80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Beautiful outdoor space with plenty of tasty dining, lovely art shops, contemporary Native art museum, and gorgeous weather in May at least!
Written May 15, 2024
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nitroliz
Northwestern Ohio632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Amazing way to experience Santa Fe! Endless stores with beautiful NM merchandise, a huge park in the center with entertainment, some restaurants, and tons of Native Americans and artists on weekends selling their work, most very friendly and happy to explain the process of their wares, so much to do, see, buy! Thank goodness we had some cold wind on that beautiful day and ended up leaving after a few hours, I would have visited even more stores and probably gone broke! Highly recommend visiting Wind River Trading Company and meeting the manager Abe, very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, picks up on your tastes and wants very quickly, so very helpful in putting you together with what you like.
Written April 27, 2024
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Kimberly K
Fort Worth, TX5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
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.
Written March 18, 2024
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