Santa Fe Plaza
- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Since the city's founding in 1610, the Santa Fe Plaza has been its cultural hub, hosting bullfights and fandangos. Today, flanked by numerous ancient buildings like the San Miguel Mission and the Palace of the Governors, the Plaza continues to be the epicenter of Santa Fean affairs, from live music to September's Santa Fe Fiesta. Any night of the week, the plaza is buzzing with activity for you and yours, from restaurants, to galleries and souvenir shops. Save a little money to do some trinket shopping while here: Santa Fe Plaza is riddled with vendors selling authentic Native American crafts, but be wary of the inflated prices.
Many of Santa Fe's top attractions are located within walking distance of this lively area. In addition to the mission and the Palace of the Governors, you can also make a short walk to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.