The Chic City Guide: Santa Fe

An enchanting labyrinth of adobe architecture, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants—Santa Fe uniquely combines art and style. Indulge in the chile-smothered local cuisine, pamper yourself at a Southwestern spa, visit centuries-old churches, or simply shop for the perfect piece for your home, the ideal reminder of a great long weekend. Thanks to our friends at Condé Nast Traveler, we’ve got it all planned out for you. 

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Whether you prefer colorful casitas, modern minimalist, or a sprawling red-rock oasis, these standouts inspire an authentic Santa Fe experience.

La Fonda on the Plaza This iconic adobe hotel is a quick walk from top galleries, museums, and shopping. The earthy-chic suites are embellished with hand-painted furniture and original artwork.

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Overlooking the Rio Grande River Valley, the Four Seasons’ sophisticated casitas have oversized windows, kiva-style fireplaces, polished-cement floors, and private terraces.

La Posada de Santa Fe This tranquil 1880s resort spans over six acres, yet is still walking distance to the Plaza. Suites feature Southwestern furnishings and art. Say “yes” to the tequila tastings.


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With its diverse past and flavorful present, Santa Fe has elevated eating to an art form. Creative interpretations of New Mexican food and local dessert delicacies abound. And the infamous green-chili sauce goes on everythingnot that we’re complaining.

Cafe Pasqual’s Make reservations at this local hotspot for dinner. Or go for breakfastyou’ll stand in line but it’s worth it, for eclectic Southwestern bites such as Yucatan-style pork wrapped in banana leaf.

Julia Located in La Posada hotel, this new restaurant is cozily decorated with wooden beams, a roaring fireplace, and features adventurous American food. Try the halibut with coconut milk and kaffir lime.

Coyote Café Diners return again and again for this eatery’s unexpected take on New Mexican cuisine. Try the tellicherry-pepper elk tenderloin; wash it down with a perfect margarita.

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Santa Fe loves its cocktails, especially margaritas! Add live flamenco shows, outdoor patios, and kiva-style fireplaces to keep you warm on a starlit desert night—and you have pure Santa Fe magic.

El Farol Sip sangria and nibble on calamari frito while enjoying the gorgeous flamenco show at this authentic cantina.

Bell Tower Bar Perched atop La Fonda hotel is the premier spot to catch an ethereal New Mexico sunset, while sipping the perfect margarita. After dark, La Fiesta Lounge offers live music.

Dragon Room Lounge This 300-year-old adobe is a consistent favorite for locals and visiting celebrities alike. Drop by for the signature Black Dragon margarita and the Latin jazz.

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Photo Credits: Robert Godwin for The Santa Fe Opera. Robert Reck, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Interior, 1997. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Pottery, Liz Coughlan/Getty Images. Adobe, Shelly Perry/Getty Images

Santa Fe’s casual vibe, Native American spirit, and historical architecture intermingle with a world-class opera, excellent museums, and alluring galleries and shops begging to be explored.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum With beautifully lit galleries in a rambling 20th-century adobe, this must-see museum houses the world’s largest collection of the artist’s famous New Mexican landscapes.

The Plaza Nestled in the center of Santa Fe, the Plaza is just as artistic and intriguing as it was four centuries ago. Along its northern side, Pueblo Indians sell jewelry and pottery.

Canyon Road The Rodeo Drive of Santa Fe—galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants line this narrow, historic road. The area positively buzzes during art openings on Fridays.

Santa Fe Opera Visitors flock to Santa Fe for the July and August performances. The theater alone is a marvel, and the best talent performs masterpieces at center stage.

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8 Responses

  1. I lived in Santa Fe four years and loved it! Wore Chico while eating at all those wonderful restaurants, visiting the art galleries and simply chatting with friends…..

  2. Marie-Paulette Parcells

    I also live in Santa Fe and love waking up to glorious sunshine, mountains that seem different all the time, friendly people and a Joie de vivre you don’t find very often. Shopping at Chico’s just makes me feel good about myself and being part of this incredible “City different”.

  3. Roberta Q Gallegos

    How blest am I to have been born in Santa Fe (the city of Holy Faith) where our culture and traditions have been appreciated by generations, I love shopping at Chico’s.

  4. Tamara Bradshaw

    I lived in SF for years and I miss it so much now. My closet is Chico’s only. I now live off the beaten path so I order online and am very please with the service.

  5. I am going to Santa Fe for the first time and really found this blog helpful. I have a closet of Chico’s outfits but always look forward to seeing what’s new! Is there a Chico’s in Santa Fe?