Elegant historic charm meets culinary innovation in the oldest city in New Mexico
, Santa Fe. And its buzzing restaurant scene comes into its own for that most treasured weekend tradition, the laid-back brunch. We revisit
our guide to brunch in the city, to bring you some more must-visit spots.
Café Pasqual’s, named after the patron saint of cooking according to Mexican and New Mexican folklore, is a colourful, vibrant and historic pueblo-style restaurant positioned conveniently close to the plaza. The small interior, adorned with hand-painted Mexican tiles and murals belies the sheer volume of food produced over the course of a day.
Café Pasqual, 121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-983-9340
The Chocolate Maven
World-class pastries, delicious silky chocolate and richly blended cappuccinos await at The Chocolate Maven. The quality of the organic baked breakfast goods exceeds even the very highest expectations, promising warm, oozy apricot French toast and a tempting variety of Belgian waffles, crepes and pancakes all generously spread with fresh fruit, sugary compote and Chantilly cream.
Chocolate Maven Bakery, 821 W San Mateo Rd, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-984-1980
El Chile Toreado
El Chile Toreado, the understated roadside spot catering to tourists and locals alike, promises authentic Mexican food produced to the very highest standard. Founder and head chef Luis prepares unusual breakfast treats with a defiant hit of spice, the Tex-Mex-inspired breakfast burrito loaded with tangy chorizo being the morning pick-me-up of choice for Santa Fe locals.
El Chile Toreado, 950 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-500-0033
Palacio Café has a truly New Mexican feel, with its traditional exterior enhanced by the leaning branches of surrounding trees. Take a seat under the umbrellas to soak up the early morning sunshine or head inside, to the cheering red and yellow restaurant, complete with sweeping ceiling beams.
Palacio Café, 209 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-989-3505
Diner, Restaurant, Mexican, American, $$$
The Pantry has been a Santa Fe staple since 1948, serving delicious comfort food in a fun-loving, family atmosphere for over 60 years. Amongst locals, The Pantry is considered an ideal spot for a weekend brunch, offering familiar flavours plated with unparalleled panache.
The Pantry, 1820 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-986-0022
Plaza Café Southside
Serving breakfast throughout the day and into the evening, the Plaza Café Southside fully understands the desire to live by your own rules. Allow the freedom of the weekend to wash over you with an indulgently late start, waking up slowly with a pile of freshly made buttermilk pancakes or the comprehensive fresh fruit plate. Relax on the terrace under the wide umbrellas or head inside to the colourful, neon restaurant, the high, exposed ceilings lending a contemporary urban café vibe.
Plaza Café Southside, 3466 Zafarano Dr, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-424-0755
Santa Fe Baking Co & Café
The cheerful awning and glittering windows greeting diners on the approach to The Santa Fe Baking Company and Café are an indication of the exuberance within. This particular venue is one of the only spots in the city where you can expect to experience live music over breakfast. If feeling a little less adventurous first thing, traditional omelettes and bagels can be spiced up in moderation with the addition of a Sinful Side, such as smothered fries or rich chilli con carne.
Santa Fe Baking Co and Café, 504 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-988-429
Serving upscale home-cooking since 1986, the Zia Diner promises an eclectic Southwestern and international menu served in its high-energy, art deco restaurant renovated from a former 19th century coal warehouse. Zia’s brunch kicks off the weekend in style, offering refreshing Mimosas, Bloody Marys and silky Irish coffees to bring a spring to the step.
Zia Diner, 326 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-988-7008