For nearly 400 years, the Santa Fe Plaza has stood as the heart of New Mexico’s capital city. It has served its purpose as a gathering spot for citizens and visitors throughout the years. However, it has also grown and expanded into one of the top places for dining, shopping, and entertainment in the entire city. If you’re searching for something fun to experience during your getaway, you’re sure to find something new and exciting at the Santa Fe Plaza! Here is everything you need to know about Santa Fe’s entertainment hub.
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History of the Santa Fe Plaza
During the city’s early years, Santa Fe Plaza was used by foreign traders and locals as an open marketplace and center of commerce. It was a witness to major moments in the state’s history, including the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and the War for Mexican Independence in 1821. One of the plaza’s most memorable events was in 1846 when an American general stood in the plaza and declared New Mexico an official U.S. state.
The Best Things to Do at Santa Fe Plaza
Although the plaza is only half of its original size, it is still one of the most popular public areas in Santa Fe. The grassy square is lined with beautiful cottonwood trees, flagstone walkways, galleries, boutiques, and more. As you admire the plaza’s non-indigenous architectural styles, be sure to stop and enjoy these fun activities.
Explore the Santa Fe Plaza Shops
Within the plaza, you’ll find a variety of interesting and eclectic shops. Whether you’re searching for the perfect souvenir or the next addition to your wardrobe, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for! Here are just some of our favorite plaza shops that we recommend you browse through.
Experience the Santa Fe Plaza Restaurants
If a full day of exploring the historic city has worked up your appetite, Santa Fe Plaza is the place to be! From traditional Southwest cuisine to delightful comfort foods, the variety of nearby restaurants is sure to delight your taste buds.
Events and Performances
Throughout the year, the Santa Fe Plaza plays host to several community events, including the popular Santa Fe Bandstand. The hustle and bustle of the events make visiting the plaza even more exciting for both locals and visitors alike! Here are even more celebrations that you won’t want to miss at the plaza.
- Culinary Tours of Santa Fe
- Girls Inc. of Santa Fe Annual Arts and Crafts Show
- Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market
- Bandstand on the Plaza
- Pet Parade
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