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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  • carlotaTravel4fun
    645 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • FRANCIS P
    Colorado Springs, Colorado665 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Kathrine
    Pennsylvania589 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2024
  • yasemin2k
    Florida316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great area to shop, walk and dine
    Great area to visit, look around, eat, just walk around. Free parking Sundays, and pretty crowded, but if you go half a block easy to find parking on the side of the road. Good food options, even though it was 106 outside, being dry, didn’t feel hot walking around.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2024
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DTen
Vail, CO348 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 1 March 2020
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goldieOK
Oklahoma City, OK70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 19 February 2020
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Randy2353
North Palm Beach, FL1,703 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 23 January 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,598 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 22 October 2021
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Linette J
26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 5 October 2021
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katyflower
Midland, TX353 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 31 October 2021
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kathyp686
Anchorage, AK1,353 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 19 February 2020
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daanddo
Lehigh Valley, PA875 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 1 January 2020
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Degner
Midwest City, United States19 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 20 January 2020
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jessjjmc
Texas262 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 15 February 2020
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