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Things to do in Downtown/Plaza

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Downtown/Plaza. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Downtown/Plaza attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Downtown/Plaza to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Downtown/Plaza.

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  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    Arguably Santa Fe's most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city's traditional Pue... More
  • Dragon Room at the Pink Adobe

    The iconic Pink Adobe restaurant, which is housed in a 400-year-old building and has been going strong since 1944, has one undeniably wonderful thi... More
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    De rigueur for O'Keeffe aficionados, this museum, which opened in 1997 inside a 13,000-square-foot adobe former church, shows dozens of works by th... More
  • Gerald Peters Gallery

    Santa Fe's most esteemed art gallery (it’s been around since 1972) carries artwork that is, in many cases, more valuable than what’s hanging in the... More
  • Monroe Gallery

    It's easy to miss this simple storefront gallery tucked down a quiet side street near the Plaza, but duck your head inside and you'll discover wall... More
  • New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    The nation's oldest continuously occupied public building, the mammoth, single-story Palace with its flat roof and block-long portal (porch) dates ... More
  • New Mexico Museum of Art

    The definitive compendium of New Mexican art through the ages, the MFA’s collection occupies a rambling 1917 building that also ranks among the sta... More
  • Spanish Market

    During the last weekend of July, more than 250 of New Mexico's most accomplished native artisans exhibit their wares at Spanish Market, one of Sant... More

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