From Navajo jewelry to trendy couture, there’s not much travelers won’t find here. Whether you’re looking for southwest style furnishings, Indian artifacts, cowboy style hats, unique art or collectibles, the city of Santa Fe is the ideal place for shoppers.
These are the best places to search for bargain hunts. And at the top of the list for Santa Fe shopping is the Tesuque. Despite scores of vendors, it’s still the ideal location to buy top-notch jewelry and Mexican folk art. It’s situated in a most serene setting with mountains all around and the market itself is owned and managed by the natives of the Pueblo of Tesuque. You can also obtain authentic Native American handicrafts as well as cheap t-shirts, shot glasses and knick knacks.
The Santa Fe Indian Market is another ideal Santa Fe shopping venue. This most unique outlet features the works of 1,200 artisans from approximately one hundred tribes. It’s usually packed with buyers and collectors as well as gallery owners. It’s the best opportunity to purchase directly from the source without paying a higher price.
And if you’re in Santa Fe at the end of July you won’t want to miss the Traditional Spanish Market. It features live music, dozens of food vendors and displays of handicrafts by more than one hundred artisans. They specialize in jewelry making as well as painting and sculpting.
Most tourists head to the Santa Fe Place to get their fill of Santa Fe shopping. The large complex is anchored by popular department stores including JC Penney’s and Mervyn’s. It’s filled with specialty leather shops, accessory and apparel boutiques.
Another favorite among locals and tourists alike is the Rodeo Plaza Shopping Center. Like its counter-partners, it boasts large department stores and a big number of retailers. If you’re traveling with the entire family, they too can enjoy a day at the mall with entertainment, kid’s rides and a varied food court to break for lunch.
And at the Palace of the Governors Portal, you won’t find anything but authentic merchandise. All vendors are checked out to ensure the public gets what it’s paying for. This impressive outlet is home to 900 craftsmen representing over forty tribes. They’re Natives of New Mexico and Arizona. For those intrigued with the old west, there are excellent opportunities to buy cowboy hats, belt buckles and custom belts.
If you’re Santa Fe shopping for exquisite jewelry, you’ll find that Keshi stocks a great variety of Zuni Pueblo designs. They also stock pottery and utensils.
Somewhat more expensive but worth browsing through is the renowned Ortega’s on the Plaza. Apart from an excellent collection of American Indian jewelry, they have a vast array of masks and hand woven carpets. If you’re not concerned with sticking to a budget, it’s a great place for Santa Fe shopping.
Art lovers will not want to miss the Ford Smith Gallery. If you like artwork done with bright colors, this is the place to go. Everything is cheerful and unusual.