- Hyde Park – Circle Trail (loop)
- Dale Ball Trail
- Modern General – Coffee & healthy breakfast/lunch.
- Joseph’s – new Santa Fe. Sit at bar.
- Pasqual’s (Mexican) on the Plaza is not to be missed. Best Mexican in town. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Drinks, dinner, and music at El Farol is a classic. It’s up Canyon Road. It’s fun to sit on the porch in summer.
- The Shed on the plaza or its sister restaurant La Choza is best for New Mexican food. There’s always a long wait at both but it’s worth it. Spicy food and delicious lethal margs. (More locals go to La Choza but The Shed is right in town in the square.)
- Great outdoor burger place called the Shake Foundation. You order at a window and then sit at picnic tables outside. Fun for a casual meal. Great chef, yummy milkshakes etc. And he just started a new place called the
- Taco Fundacion on Guadalupe street. Order $3 tacos at the counter and you sit at a big picnic table our front.
- Vinaigrette – delish fresh greens, fish, and cute space. The store next door to it called Modern General is worth a visit, too, for smoothies, sandwiches etc. When you get sick of green chile!
- The Coyote Cantina can be fun for a festive lunch or dinner, a casual outside place on a patio off the plaza (it’s the casual outside part of the slightly fancier Coyote Cafe).
- Roof deck at the La Fonda Hotel (on Plaza) for sunset drinks. Ask the front desk to point them up there. It’s on the 5th floor. A great spot to watch the sunset with a strong margarita so go around 5:30ish or 6 for an hour or so.
- The Tune Up is our local dive spot for New Mex and burgers, great local fave.
- Paper Dosa – New southern Indian place in town, which is delish.
- Kakawa – artisanal chocolate shop. Visit for chocolates or for a hot chocolate.
- La Bodega – Newer lunch place called, casual, great chef from Portland, Oregon.
- Santa Fe Spirits – Great small local drinks place, delish homemade gin!
- The Cowgirl – burgers and margaritas with a local dive atmosphere. More fun in summer to sit out on the front patio.
- Geronimo on Canyon Road is still the best for fancy (order the elk)
- Santa Cafe for lunch or dinner (love the courtyard in summer).
- Joseph’s is a great new higher end place in town, really good, small local crowd, a fave.
- The Compound is consistently good, but a much older crowd there.
- Cafe Martin always wins awards and is pricey. Older crowd there.
- Eloisa in the Drury Hotel- it used to be an old hospital. It’s got a really beautiful bar. Drinks/snacks.
- Radish and Rye
THINGS TO DO:
- Walk around the Santa Fe Plaza, the main square in town. There are Native Americans selling turquoise jewelry under a portal right off the plaza; good gift potential.
- Walk up Canyon Road. This is the old Santa Fe art road with lots of galleries etc. Some good galleries, some eh, but a sense of old Santa Fe and the art here. Friday nights from 5 to 7 PM in summer there are usually a lot of openings.
- Drive up Hyde Park Road to the ski mountain. It’s a beautiful drive (about 30 minutes up) and great hikes up there. Aspen Vista is a good mellow old logging trail near the top on the right (it’s well marked) and you can go as far up as you’d like and then turn around (the whole hike is like 7 hours round trip).
- Massage and hot tub up at the 10,000 Waves Spa on the way up the ski mountain.
- Georgia O’Keeffe museum in town. It’s really small but a good walk through. Watch the movie about her life on the way in. The museum is a short walk from the plaza. There are also some museums on Museum Hill (folk art etc) so if they like that kind of thing, it’s worth a quick 20 minute visit. $6
- The Saturday Farmer’s Market at the Railyard is super fun and festive local scene and full of great stuff. Saturday’s from 7 to 12.
- In the summer, the opera is really magical. It’s at an open air covered venue in a remarkably beautiful setting and it’s fun to go out early and tailgate. They can check out what’s playing and get ticket info here: https://www.santafeopera.org/
- The drive from Santa Fe to Taos is beautiful. Drive up the high road and stop in cute little towns along the way (go to the healing dirt church in Chimayo), then drive back to Santa Fe along the low road along the Rio Grande. If you did that round-trip drive straight it would take about 4 hours but adding in stops it usually makes for a day trip. In Taos, there are fun little places for lunch etc. I love the Bavarian up at the ski mountain. Another place I love is called The Love Apple. It’s in an old church and super delish local food. And then El Meze is great up there, too.
- The Santa Fe Railyard area has gotten really fun to walk around, too. Some galleries and shops and there’s a really cool new movie theater called the Violet Crown that serves pub food/beer and shows good movies.
- If you have time while in Albuquerque, there’s a beautiful lavender farm/inn called Los Poblanos that also has a delicious small farm-to-table restaurant that is well worth a visit/meal.
- Hotel Santa Fe, reasonably priced and easy to walk to most places from there.
- The Hotel La Fonda is classic SF – right on the Plaza. Inn & Spa at Loretto – great pool and location.
- Fancier places: Inn of the Anasazi on the Plaza OR La Posada OR the Hotel Drury, all right on the Plaza, too. There are tons of smaller less expensive inns plus Airbnb options.