Famous for being the oldest capital in the United States, the beautiful desert town of Santa Fe provides a melting pot of cultural cuisines. From traditional New Mexican bean and chilli-based dishes to contemporary fusions influenced by South-western, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and African cuisine, Santa Fe’s culinary scene is generous, full of flavour and based on the freshest locally produced ingredients as the following restaurants reveal.
A Spanish restaurant specialising in tapas, El Farol offers an exciting innovative menu in a cosy, amicable setting. From salads, cheeses, vegetables and pasta to seafood, meat, sausages and chicken, diners are spoilt for choice with over 30 tapas and starters, served in portions that are perfect for sharing. The restaurant’s walls are adorned with artwork from well known local artists, adding to El Farol’s charming and colourful interior. More than just a great meal, diners are also treated to live entertainment and music every night representing some of Santa Fe’s best musicians, and every Saturday evening there is a special flamenco show.
El Farol, 808 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-983-9912
Named one of the top most luxurious places in the world to drink hot chocolate, the Kakawa Chocolate House is an artisanal chocolate shop and café that offers a delectable selection of chocolate creations. Combining traditional and cutting edge techniques, each product is unique and expertly made using Mesoamerican and colonial chocolate recipes with a special contemporary touch. Kakawa’s passionate and welcoming employees take the time to explain each product along with the history of Kakawa’s chocolate to every customer. From heavenly chocolate truffles and Aztec brownies to hot chocolate elixirs, intense in flavour, spiced with a variety of native herbs and flowers, the Kakawa Chocolate House is a must for all chocolate enthusiasts.
Kakawa Chocolate House, 1050 E. Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505-982-0388