Doug Magnus silver horse buckle found at Malouf on the Plaza in Santa Fe — Photo courtesy of Steve Larese
World over, Santa Fe, N. M. is a shopping destination. Found here are some of the best examples of Native American pottery, weaving, jewelry and painting; custom-made clothing and furniture; museum-quality contemporary and estate art; and boutique shops and local stores that sell a range of affordable, unique items you can only find in Santa Fe.
Shops can be found throughout the city, often tucked into small adobe buildings that look unassuming from the outside but that house unique treasures within. The historic Plaza is a good place to start, as it’s surrounded by shops selling a range of items, from souvenirs and gifts to high-end art.
The Palace of the Governors - where Native American artists sell their work underneath the portale - is a must-stop. South of town, the Fashion Outlets Santa Fe houses stores such as Polo, Aeropostale, Brooks Brothers and Le Creuset. In town, De Vargas Center and Santa Fe Place malls have national and local shops.
One-of-a-kind pieces from artists such as Doug Magnus — Photo courtesy of Steve Larese
For a truly Santa Fe shopping experience, visit the Tesuque Flea Market north of town near the Santa Fe Opera, where vendors sell an eclectic mix of items such as jewelry, beads, rugs, clothing and other items from all over the world 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays March through December.
Strolling down Canyon Road east of the Plaza, you may feel as if you’re in a different city in "The City Different." Dappled sunlight plays on warm adobe walls in classic Santa Fe style, but it’s the contemporary art that glows from every surface that impresses both the causal viewer and connoisseur of fine art.
More than 100 galleries in a square mile attract collectors worldwide, and make Canyon Road the largest concentration of art galleries per mile in the world.
Santa Fe’s natural beauty and sense of spirituality have long inspired Native American and, later, Spanish artists. In the early 1900s, artists from the East Coast discovered Santa Fe’s magical light and established art colonies here. The New Mexico Museum of Art was built in 1917 to showcase Santa Fe’s already mature, world-class art scene.
One of the reasons Santa Fe has such a range of unique art and wares is that many artists themselves choose to live in the area, or they're from Pueblos whose cultures date back millennia.