Santa Fe is a city of unique boutiques. It’s THE place to buy Native American art and handcrafts, including Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry, Santa Domingo necklaces, Pueblo pottery, kachina dolls and hand-woven Navajo rugs.
You’ll find the widest selection of shops in the downtown area, selling a range of interesting items, including Native American handcrafts, clothing, decorative doodads and jewelry. Shop carefully at trusted sources; there are reproductions out there.
There are also souvenir stores such as Dressman’s Gifts (in business since 1952), or the Five and Dime in the former Woolworths, selling a bit of kitsch as well as more quality remembrances.
Don’t miss the Native American artisans vending their handcrafted goods daily under the portal at the Palace of the Governors at the north end of the Plaza. You can buy directly from the artist.
Native American vendors can be found daily at the Palace of the Governors — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
Canyon Road is home to over half of the city’s over 200 galleries, as well as small shops such as Pachamama, filled with Spanish Colonial antiques and Latin American folk art.
Need that perfect pair of cowboy boots? Choose from vintage, production and custom-made to order. "The City Different" is known as an art mecca, and shoppers can find art in a wide range of mediums to adorn both the home and the body.
The trendy Railyard/Guadalupe District is home to the Santa Fe Farmers Market; the French-influenced Bon Marche; Casa Nova, filled with African tribal art; and the always interesting resale shop Double Take.
Stop by Sambusco Market Center, a mini-mall in a former lumberyard or the DeVargas Mall, home to the exotic Traveler's Market. Here they offer worldwide finds from over 40 vendors.
Food lovers will discover tempting food shops all over the city. Chocolate lovers will love the unofficial Santa Fe Chocolate Trail. Try some of the local chile chocolates or a Mayan-inspired elixir.
Spice aficionados will find chile and chile products to take home at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, The Chile Shop or local specialty markets. Discover olive oil and spice boutiques and The Spanish Table, which is stocked with foods and cooking accessories from Spain, including paella pans that will feed from two to 200.
Santa Fe School of Cooking has great finds for the food lovers on your list — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
Santa Fe’s museums have well-stocked gift shops. Many of the carefully selected goods they stock are locally made.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s store offers reproductions of the artist’s iconic work, as well as locally handcrafted items and other tempting finds.
The state-run New Mexico History Museum and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture are great places to find authentic Native American art, as is the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The shop at the International Museum of Folk Art offers colorful wares from around the world.
There are also interesting shops in other areas. Cerrillos Road, the main shopping strip loaded with big box stores, also has unique shops. Stop at Jackalope, a sprawling complex filled with imports from Mexico and around the world. Looking for handmade tiles and decoratives from south of the border? Artesanos is the place to go.
Find unique gifts from all around the world at Traveler's Market — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
Dedicated shoppers can also check out the two seasonal flea markets, one in Tesuque north of Santa Fe and the other at The Downs, southwest of the city.
There are lots of shops and galleries out of town, too. The High Road Scenic Byway to Taos has many galleries and shops for travelers to explore. Take a short detour to Nambe Trading Post on your way to Chimayó, where you’ll find weaving shops and galleries to peruse.
Santa Fe is a shopper’s paradise. Who knows what hidden treasures you’ll discover as you explore the city?