Santa Fe Railyard Arts District
Head to the edgy Santa Fe Railyard District—just a 20-minute walk from the plaza—to browse the various contemporary galleries that have taken up residence there. Stroll through the small parks, enjoy a meal at offbeat Southwestern eateries like La Choza and Tune-Up Café, and of course, visit the bountiful farmers' market to check out the local produce and, in season, the famous Hatch green chile peppers.
By Kate Donnelly, AFAR Local Expert
A vibrant arts community has emerged around a former railway hub in Santa Fe's Railyard District just seven blocks southwest of the downtown plaza. Seven galleries currently lure art lovers here: David Richard Gallery, Evoke Contemporary, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, LewAllen Galleries, Photo-Eye Gallery, William Siegal Gallery, and Tai Modern. Like the galleries that transformed New York’s SoHo into an art district, some are located in repurposed warehouses, flooded with the New Mexican light that has inspired so many artists drawn to Santa Fe. The Railyard also offers art events like the Last Friday Art Walk and Free Friday and Saturdays at SITE Santa Fe. Many artists also live in the surrounding neighborhoods—you might meet a few in the galleries or even in the nearby the Santa Fe Artists Market where you can find arts and crafts.
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