- There are 300 art galleries in Santa Fe.
- Annual art festivals.
- Unique products.
Sunset Magazine – Santa Fe Best Shopping Destination
Santa Fe won the competition outright, beating runner-ups Saint Helena, CA, Old Pasadena, CA, and Portland, OR.
About Santa Fe, the publication stated:
“Santa Fe is a UNESCO Creative City that’s home to more artists than any other American community its size. Artisan goods abound in galleries, at festivals and art markets, in museum shops, and in indie boutiques. Wander stalls in the charmingly dusty four-century-old town square at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, held every August, now with 95 years under its belt…”
“Centuries ago, traders traveled El Camino Real and then the Santa Fe Trail to bring essential goods and luxury items to Santa Fe—the west’s great trading and cultural hub,” said Randy Randall, Executive Director for TOURISM Santa Fe. “The rails and Route 66 succeeded these routes, also bringing in waves of creative artists, and the tradition continued.
Today, Santa Fe’s many world-class annual markets, endless display of Native American, Spanish and Anglo art, and one-of-a-kind handmade treasures in hundreds of galleries and shops highlight any visit to The City Different. We’re honored and delighted that our magnificent shops and shopping experiences have been designated the best of the best by Sunset Magazine with its rich tradition and history as the leading lifestyle brand in the West.”