What to do, eat, and shop in Santa Fe, NM
Don’t let the desert landscape fool you, Santa Fe is rich in art, culture, and food. Whether you are staying downtown in the Inn of the Governors or at one of the classic neon motels along Cerrillos rd you will always be around the corner from some locally made art or an amazing burrito. Make sure to rent a car while you are there. It will help you explore the city but also allow you the freedom to get out in to nature and the rest of the beautiful state.
Did you even go to Santa Fe if you didn’t have a smothered burrito? This region is well known for it’s chiles and producing amazing red and green salsas. You can choose one of have it mixed up which is called Christmas. My favorite spot to dig in to a burrito is the Tune-up Cafe. Its also a great breakfast spot.
Around lunch time you can get burrito number 2 for the day or start to try some more options. El Chile Toreado is a burrito truck right outside of downtown that will ruin you the food is so good. If you are already downtown go into the Five & Dime right off the main plaza. This might seem like an unassuming shop but once you make your way past all the souvenirs and snacks you will find a small diner in that back of the store. You are going to get the Frito Chile Pie. Don’t trust me on this one, trust the ultimate guide Anthony Bourdain.
The land of enchantment is full of things that will tingle all of your senses. We already covered food, but now lets take a look at what there is for you to see and touch. Start your day at Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf is an immersive experience created by over 100 artists. It it truly great for all ages beacuase you are able to expereicen it however you want. Get here early because once you are in you can come you can come and go as you please. Because there are so many levels and so many different ways to explore.
The art scene doesn’t stop there. Make sure you visit the O’Keefe Museum. She spent most of her life in New Mexico and her work beautifully captures the New Mexican landscape. The Museums is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and on 7 pm on Fridays. General Admission is $13. For even more New Mexican art try gallery hopping.
New Mexico has a beautiful landscape no matter where you are in the state. Make sure to catch some of Santa Fe’s unique views while you are there. Outside of town you can take in the sights at Tents Rocks National Monument or Santa Fe National Forest.
Let’s not forget abut all the things you shop for here! Shopping in Santa Fe is about more than just finding souvenirs to take home. A lot fo what you come cross will be made by locals, so you are taking home a unique piece of art with a story. On weekends in the plaza downtown you can see people selling their pottery and silver jewelry or have a custom hat made at O’Ferrall Hats. Walk down Canyon rd. to shop at the galleries filled with local works.