Santa Fe offers plenty of shops featuring gourmet food and drink
Santa Fe has an international reputation as a culinary destination, but did you know the city is a renowned shopper's paradise? Santa Fe routinely wins awards as one of the country's top shopping destination, whether for indie shops, museum shops, boutiques or the annual International Folk Art Market.
The good news for foodies is that Santa Fe also offers plenty of fine shops featuring gourmet food and drink crafted by master chocolatiers and coffee roasters as well as tea blenders and sommeliers. You'll find shelves and shelves of colorful kitchenware and quality Southwest ingredients—chile, pinon nuts, agave syrup—along with cookbooks by local James Beard award-winning chefs, Mexican cookware and more. Sample olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world and browse a wine shop with nearly 1,000 bottles to choose from.And if, for any reason, you can't get to any of these shops, shop online instead and ship items as gifts to anywhere in the country.
Below is a sampling of some of my favorite places for foodies to shop in the city. Don't forget your bags, and be sure to bring your appetite, too!
Coffee aficionados shop at O'Hori's Coffee Roasters, which has been making small batch, fresh roasted, gourmet arabica coffee for more than 30 years, Featured in The New York Times “36 Hours in Santa Fe,” the cafe is a a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Once you've selected your beans of choice—perhaps Organic East Timor, Maui Mokka or Santa Fe Blend—relax over a cup of joe and take in the scene. You can also purchase O'Hori's hoodies and shirts, a desk press, travel mugs and more.
If it's tea you're after, The Teahouse sells a staggering array of exceptional teas from China, Japan, India, Ceylon, Sri Lanka and even Santa Fe, where the restaurant creates its own flavored teas. The tea menu here spans pages and pages, but it's helpfully broken down into categories—Artisan Flowering Teas, Black Tea Blends, Fruit Infusions, Teahouse Select Teas and many more. While you wait for your tea order to be filled, take a seat indoors or on the delightful patio and order the delectable scones with clotted cream and lemon curd and a cup of tea...or chai, matte, Bulletproof coffee or any other signature drink. You won't regret it.
If it's chocolate you're craving, head to Cacao: The Art & Culture of Chocolate , whose owners cultivated their chocolate-making skills in Hawaii before coming to Santa Fe. In front, the shop is brimming with chocolates in creative flavors—balsamic, almond and honey, bizcochito—handmade on the premises. You'll also find chocolate body cream, lip balm, soap and candles along with chocolate-infused Pink Himalayan bath salts and other items. Take a shopping break in the cafe and re-fuel with rich chocolate elixirs and edibles, such as Meso-American brownies and flourless chocolate torte.
Be sure to bring a giant shopping bag to the Santa Fe School of Cooking Market because it's chock-a-block full of deliciousness—blue corn piñon cranberry pancake mix, prickly pear syrup, hot chocolate and red chile honey. You'll find a dizzying array of chile, from roasted New Mexico green chile and Chimayo red chile powder to chipotle en adobo, jalapeno mustard and more. The shop has a great selection of kitchenware, including stovetop smokers and grills, tortilla presses and colorful handcrafted ceramic cookware .
A visit to the Arroyo Vino Wine Shop is like a trek around the globe, with vintages—some rare—from around the world. Choose from nearly 1,000 hand-selected wines, beers and spirits, with the guidance of the expert staff. If you plan your trip around dinnertime, you can buy a bottle to enjoy in the restaurant (for a corkage fee) while you dine on contemporary American small plates such as Duck Confit Larb, Charred Spanish Octopus and Steamed Artichokes, all crafted by Colin Shane, who's nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest. Enhance your wine experience by signing up for one of Arroyo Vino's Saturday Wine Workshops, where you'll taste wines that, according to the staff, deserve your attention.
Like fine wines, olive oil comes in an array of flavors and is easily paired with your favorite food. An international selection awaits at the Santa Fe Olive Oil and Balsamic Co., which specializes in fine small-batch artisanal olive oil, balsamic vinegars, gourmet salts, and delicious specialty foods. Enjoy an epicurean odyssey yourself y as you shop, sampling flavorful olive oils and vinegars, served with artisan bread. Try the chocolate or strawberry balsamic vinegar, and the red chile or Meyer lemon olive oil. Serious chefs might consider purchasing a membership to the shop's Monthly Pairing Club, which delivers curated pairings of olive oil and balsamic vinegar right to your doorstep.
Photo Credits: Santa Fe Olive, Arroyo Vino and Ohoris