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Once a Spanish fortified plaza, Taos Plaza is a collection of businesses and residents in adobe buildings in the Taos Downtown Historic District, which the Hotel La Fonda de Taos dominates. The lobby of the hotel houses a collection of D.H. Lawrence paintings, and hand-painted murals adorn the walls of the hotel restaurant. Both the Taos and the Harwood art museums are located within the plaza's mud walls, as well as a handful of historical homes. Many of the shops and restaurants celebrate New Mexican culture with locally inspired foods and handcrafted souvenirs. To visit Taos Plaza and get the most from your holiday in Taos, create itinerary details personal to you using our Taos road trip tool.
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Taos Plaza reviews
We rented a two bedroom house in El Prado just outside of Taos. It was a very nice place and convenient to both Taos and the Taos Ski Resort. We got to ski four days. The ski resort got about 19...
We rented a two bedroom house in El Prado just outside of Taos. It was a very nice place and convenient to both Taos and the Taos Ski Resort. We got to ski four days. The ski resort got about 19... more »
This is the historic centre of Taos and quite confusing when you first arrive. Many cars are trying to park around the plaza itself - there is a car park just nearby but it is not very well...
This is the historic centre of Taos and quite confusing when you first arrive. Many cars are trying to park around the plaza itself - there is a car park just nearby but it is not very well... more »
Fun place to visit. Lots of ships and dining, surrounding a grassy plaza with shelters. Just off the main highway, but pretty much unchanged over the decades.
Fun place to visit. Lots of ships and dining, surrounding a grassy plaza with shelters. Just off the main highway, but pretty much unchanged over the decades. more »
Beautiful little town. Architectural wise, it’s the same like most other NM old town. The town is full of Indian jewelry. It’s like a tourist trap to lure them in to buy. Couple nice coffee shops and stands. It’s a good town to walk around if the weather is nice.
Happened upon this funky little shopping center when I happened upon Taos on a random road trip. Fun times and the car show that was occurring upon my arrival made it even more of an impressive backdrop! Quite the collection of ancient vehicles as you can see from pictures. Go here if you want that good ol' stereotypical southwestern shopping vibe for sure.
So, you know, I don't give one star ratings without serious thought... I was SAD to shop here. I had been here YEARS AGO, and had consistently great experiences. This time, I walked through the plaza shops and found that 98% of the people working the businesses had the personality of a WET NOODLE. I was actually looking to spend some money and was either ignored completely or placated. A greeting, or eye contact goes a long way. One young lady in a store was reading a book and NEVER LOOKED UP to see me or anything. Must have been a good read! Of ALL the shops, there are TWO I would consider returning to and spending some money. One on the north east corner across from the restaurant that offers museum quality items and the other on the south side of the plaza that sells rocks and minerals, they get 5 stars and will see me again. Hoping to write a better review next time:(
I grew up in Taos and my family and I enjoy walking around and looking in the shops whenever we are in the area. I recommend the delicious carmel apples from the candy store and maybe pick up some souvenirs like an I love Taos or a New Mexico t-shirt.
Free parking behind the plaza! Lots of small shops filled with art and craft, restaurants and coffee shops. Less of a buzz compared to Santa Fe but also less of a tourist trap. The scenic drive from Santa Fe is breathtaking. Changing vegetation with altitude and which side of the mountains you're on. From high desert to green and lush to Alpine.
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