When most people think of shopping in Santa Fe, they immediately picture art galleries. Sure, there are plenty of those—but among the art galleries, Santa Fe has a hearty helping of indie shops, boutiques, bookstores, and stores devoted to Native American and Hispanic art. Visitors end up spending hours wandering the small shops tucked inside the city's courtyards and narrow lanes. Want to make sure you find a one-of-a-kind souvenir? Here are the best neighborhoods and markets for shopping in Santa Fe.
The cultural heart of Santa Fe is also one of its leading shopping districts. To learn more about local culture, head to Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse for expansive sections on Southwestern topics and books by local authors. Foodies can find a vast collection of regional cookbooks, powdered chile, jams, jellies, and other New Mexican food items at the Santa Fe School of Cooking store.
If you’ve been admiring local fashion, check out Montecristi, where you'll find a selection of hats ranging from Western to Panama styles. Walk a couple blocks off the Plaza to Back at the Ranch for made-to-order and exotic cowboy boots. For a piece of wearable art, stop in Singular Couture and pick up a silk coat painted by a local artist.
Want to take home traditional Native American pottery? Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery has an expansive collection, including the work of world-renowned San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez. If you’re searching for Native American jewelry, Ortega’s on the Plaza is packed with cases of bracelets, necklaces, rings, and traditional Mexican bolo ties.
The Railyard District
The Railyard, Baca, and Guadalupe districts blend seamlessly into each, so they can be considered one large area for shopping—we're talking several blocks by several blocks.
Contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe has a top art museum gift shop, Curated. Here you'll find a selection of contemporary art books and distinctive home décor objects, as well as products inspired by museum exhibitions. Stop in Double Take for vintage clothing and accessories, including a wide array of cowboy boots. More current fashions for women are available at Daniella and Better Together Clothing.
Although Canyon Road is primarily known for art galleries, a few boutiques and shops dot the lane. Started by a former French "Vogue" editor, Nathalie has a carefully curated selection of Southwest-style handbags, boots, and jewelry, including belt buckle sets and vintage rodeo buckles. You can also find belt buckles at John Rippel U.S.A., one of the few stores in Santa Fe where men's clothing gets equal billing with women's.
Desert Son of Santa Fe specializes in leather goods, from boots to handbags. If you’re looking for jewelry beyond the typical Southwestern styles, Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths represents around 35 artists who create imaginative designs.
Santa Fe has a surprisingly global style when it comes to home décor, and that’s on tap at Santa Fe Kilim. The store imports arts and crafts from around the world, whether it be antique doorways from Pakistan or carpets from Morocco.
Artists take over the Farmer’s Market Pavilion on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll be able to shop for pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, photography, hand-blown glass, artisanal teas, and handmade body products. Plus, the artists are usually on hand, so you’ll be able to talk with them about their work as you shop.
Venturing to local farmers' markets is one of the best ways to experience a place as locals do. At the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, you'll find more than just chile and cucumbers (though there's plenty of that, too). The market hosts up to 130 local farmers and producers who reside in 15 northern New Mexico counties. The artisanal items on display include everything from jam to soaps made with goat’s milk.
Head inside the market building to browse the Santa Fe Shops. Here you'll find Vivac Winery, farm-fresh foods at Café Fresh, and local and global goodies at the Farmer’s Market Gift Shop.
The Saturday market runs year-round at the Railyard. From June to September, it opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m., and from October to May, it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. The market is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during peak season; check their website for official hours.