Something for Everyone in Santa Fe

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Burnt orange adobe wall in Santa Fe.
Curator’s statement

Santa Fe is a truly unique American city. In fact, it's the oldest capital city in the US, having been established in 1607. The pueblo style architecture, the Sangre de Cristo mountains along the city's edge, delicious (and hot!) chile and of course ultra tasty (and strong!) margaritas make it a beautiful gastronomic destination. And yet there's so much more to explore in this small but cosmopolitan locale. Nature lovers will never run out of hiking trails, art buffs will find galleries and museums galore and history lovers will gain new perspectives in this dynamic mix of peoples and cultures. Enjoy the range of experiences here across all four seasons.

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Things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Market with colors in Santa Fe.

Definitely explore the historic Santa Fe Plaza, but also be sure to venture to the city's other neighborhoods and explore some of its outdoor grandeur.

The city is dotted with museums and galleries. Stroll Canyon Road to see a mix of artistic styles and media. Contemplate the immersive canvases in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Feel like a kid at any age at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Once you've adjusted to the altitude (it's almost 7200 feet,) take a hike. Sun Mountain is a favorite trail of locals and tourists alike. It's under 2 miles, round trip, but the route up to the top gets steep. If you're more hard core, take on Atalaya. It's a challenging hike that offers the reward of amazing vistas and a well-earned sense of accomplishment.

Day trips

If you're a Georgia O'Keeffe fan, a day trip to the lovely little town of Abiquiu allows you to visit her home and gardens. While you're there, check out the lavender fields and pop into Bode's General Store.

Places to eat & drink in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe featuring a painting of Frida Kahlo.


Craft Donuts & Coffee: A fantastic little food truck near the center of town that serves up made-to-order custom donuts. Choose your combination, and they'll make it fresh!

Tia Sophia's: The quintessential locals breakfast spot with massive, tasty breakfast burritos and sweet service. Located right near the Plaza.

Clafouti's: Casual French restaurant with delicious egg dishes, crepes and a pastry case that will make your mouth water.


Harry's Roadhouse: The playwright Sam Shepard used to frequent this funky place just outside of town. The menu offers some of everything. Order a slice of fresh pie for dessert!

Iconik Lena Street: Coffee shop that also offers a tasty menu of small plates, salads and yummy pastries. Always a nice vibe and a great place to set up shop if you need to get some work done.


Geronimo: Everyone's favorite splurge. Elegant and stately, but never stuck-up.

The Compound: Also a splurge, a bit more casual and a great spot for celebrity sightings.

Maria's: If you want to try down-home New Mexican food, Maria's is a local favorite. The margarita menu is extensive— choose wisely, because drinking more than two could get dicey!


The Staab House Bar at La Posada: Art-filled rooms, comfy couches and fireplaces make this a special place to enjoy a cocktail.

Club Legato at La Casa Sena: Inside the tree-filled hidden courtyard, find live jazz (check their website for schedule) and a nice wine list.


Raaga Go: Chef Paddy Rawal lovingly prepares dishes from his native Mumbai while folding in his expertise from working in high-end kitchens around the world.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Ashtin Robison’s guide: An Enchanted Land: A Santa Fe Travel Guide.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to New Mexico.