Secret Places Locals Love

A little off the beaten path or squirreled away in a place you might miss, “Secret Places Locals Love” is an insider’s guide to visiting Santa Fe. Here are just a few options, we like to share many more with our guests as part of our concierge services.


The Santa Fe Farmers Market, with its mission to provide locally sourced and produced foods and crafts, is not to be missed! Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, traditionally raised and grown chile products, fresh baked goods, goat cheeses, honey, handmade wreaths and traditional decorations, and even luxuriant soaps and balms, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market has something for everyone. Voted one of the top 10 farmers’ markets in the country, it is the place to be on a Saturday morning year round, and on Tuesday mornings May to November in the Railyard, santafefarmersmarket.com  (image courtesy of santafe.com)
The new Violet Crown Cinema has recently come to town and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Its state of the art technology, high quality screens, comfy seating, and ample legroom make it our go to choice for all movies, from independent to “blockbuster” films.   A casual restaurant serves gourmet pizzas and craft beers and wine—you can even enjoy their delicious food during your movie!   Life is good at the Violet Crown.  Make reservations online violetcrowncinemas.com
Locals demand delicious food, and we take our chile seriously! So, for high-quality New Mexican food without the long lines, we head to La Choza.  As the sister restaurant of Santa Fe favorite, The Shed, you get the same “NEWMEX” fix in a more relaxed setting.  lachozasf.com
If you’re pining for a light snack, coffee and some friendly service, head to Downtown Subscription, pick up a magazine and read on one of the best patios in Santa Fe. Facebook Page
Clafoutis is the French Bakery you wish was in your hometown. Full of delightful pastries, breads and best beignets you may ever have. Stop by for a breakfast pastry. Facebook Page
Hidden on a side road in an unattractive warehouse is a real treasure, Chocolate Maven. With food and baked goods as pretty as its name, you won’t regret stopping by. chocolatemaven.com
It’s a great thing to be a Santa Fean, especially since we are able to call our fair town home to the Teahouse on Canyon Road. Imagine a cafe full of the finest teas from around the world, you’ll be amazed at how pretty they craft them. And don’t forget to get a sandwich while you’re there, you can taste the quality. teahousesantafe.com
Boisterous locals in boots belly up to this favorite bar for a good time, live music and large portions at the Cowgirl. With some of the best burgers in town and casual atmosphere, we can’t recommend this joint enough! cowgirlsantafe.com
Books, coffee, couches and ambiance? Yes, you can have it all at Collected Works Bookstore—located in downtown Santa Fe. You can peruse the shelves for a few hours easy or maybe catch a book signing. Ask the friendly staff for recommendations. cwbookstore.com
A hip grocery store and delightful restaurant, the only thing better than the Tesuque Village Market for lunch is the scenic 15 minute drive. Make sure to take the back road past Bishops Lodge and enjoy the curvy two lane highway through the picturesque Tesuque Valley. You’ll tell as soon as you walk in that this place is favorite among locals who come for the Southwestern comfort food. tesuquevillagemarket.com
Shopping is a feast for the eyes at Array, a locally operated store, full of everything from books, to candles to original art. Located in the Design Center, (with parking!), you can wile away the better part of an afternoon exploring their wares. Find the unusual in this exceptional collection of cards, gifts, candles, pillows, dishware, expensive to inexpensive. arrayhome.com
The time has come for Santa Fe to have a full professional equity theatre, and we are pleased to welcome the Adobe Rose Theater! We are eagerly anticipating its opening on January 21, 2016. Award-winning plays, talented actors, and brilliant staff will be sure to make this establishment a go-to spot for locals and anyone who enjoys theatre. adoberosetheatre.org
The Raven, a locally owned high-end consignment shop, carries broad and eclectic collections of furniture, as well as many gorgeous vintage and antique items. The inventory is fed from some of Santa Fe’s most elegant homes, along with a few, well-chosen retail items that will entice you.  You can go by everyday and find something new each time.  Many a house in Santa Fe is furnished by Raven.  It’s the best! Facebook Page
Imagine a store where you can find the most elegant linen blouse in a color close to sublime. Where you can find that perfect twirled edge scarf to add the finishing touch to your evening attire, or maybe an antique textile that takes you back to an elegant before. Look no further than Faircloth Adams inside the Inn at Loretto. We can’t say enough good things about this gem of a store, nor can we say enough about its graceful and knowledgeable proprietress, the beautiful Rose Faircloth. She is a joy to know. (505) 982 8700 | 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Dancing Ladies is another top choice. Beautiful textiles from Thailand made of hemp to create one of a kind jackets and skirts.  She is such a talent and models it all so well.  (505) 988 1100 | 225 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501
If it is groceries you need, go to Kaune’s, pronounced, Kah-nees.  This small, local grocery store is our savior for daily and last minute items and…. they just happen to have the best meat in town.  We didn’t think it could get any better, and then they renovated the store a few years ago to include an expansive wine selection, delightful cheeses and specialty foods! Visit Kaune’s for a gourmet selection of fine foods, and all the basics.  kaunes.com