How to Spend the Day at the Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Santa Fe Historic Plaza

A trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, would not be complete without a stroll through the Santa Fe Historic Plaza. You never know what you might find here! Relax on a bench as you watch the people walk by or browse through the outdoor markets. Around the plaza, you’ll find many shops and restaurants. Plus, this historic landmark is just a 15-minute walk from El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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  • Outdoor activities for all skill levels
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  • Go-to spots like the Santa Fe Historic Plaza

The History of the Santa Fe Historic Plaza

The Santa Fe Historic Plaza was established all the way back in 1610 when New Mexico was settled by the conquistadors. Don Pedro de Peralta originally created the area as a fort to protect the chapel and residences inside. The walls were eventually demolished to make room for more housing and eventually a popular trade route that ran through the city. As you admire the plaza today, you can see the different architecture styles around it that reflect its diverse history.

Grab a Bite at Santa Fe Plaza Restaurants

There are so many delicious restaurants right at your fingertips when you visit the Santa Fe Historic Plaza! Food stands sometimes grace the plaza itself, or you can venture out a bit to the surrounding streets for restaurant choices. The Famous Plaza Cafe is right next door. Offering classic Southwestern fare, it is a favorite of many for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Browse Santa Fe Plaza Shops

Shopping opportunities line the streets that surround the Santa Fe Historic Plaza. Here, you can find everything from specialty hat stores to jewelry. The uniqueness of these quaint shops goes hand-in-hand with the plaza. You could spend hours browsing and window shopping here!

Enjoy Santa Fe Historic Plaza Events

The Santa Fe Historic Plaza is a common place for many events that take place in the city. The band shell frequently hosts live music and more. Markets are also very common here, one of the most popular being the Santa Fe Indian Market. Other festivals and events include Fiesta de Santa Fe, craft markets, and more.

Relaxing at the Santa Fe Plaza

One of our favorite parts of the Santa Fe Historic Plaza is the atmosphere. When you step foot onto the area, you can tell that it is a special place. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will find pleasant grassy areas scattered with benches and trees. Take a moment to sit down and relax as you breathe in the fresh Santa Fe air.

Stay at El Farolito

El Farolito is just moments away from the heart of the city, the Santa Fe Historic Plaza. When you stay at our bed and breakfast, you’ll be walking distance from shops, restaurants, galleries, and more. Choose from our comfortable rooms, each decorated in authentic Southwestern decor. We look forward to seeing you at El Farolito!

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