many around the plaza: Shop at the Plaza
There are many shops all around the plaza to look for gifts or souvenirs of Taos. It's a little pricey but you can find some cool stuff. Lots of indians stuff as well.
You can also shop for art or food.
Midtown Market (formerly Herb's): Quick place for food and liquor on 522
Midtown Market is outside of Taos in Arroyo Hondo, at the corner of NM522 and the Hondo-Seco road. They have a selection of liquor, beer, wines, convenience foods, and snacks. The lounge will be opening soon.
What to buy: Look for Tina's Burritas, a local prepared food item.
What to pay: Typical convenience store prices.
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John Dunn House Shops: Old Taos streets
Just off the plaza is a charming shopping area, the John Dunn House and Bent Street. Just a historical note: John Dunn was a gambler and stagecoach driver and Charles Bent was New Mexico’s first territorial governor. Bent street was one of the early residential streets in Taos. The shops include leather goods, clothing, books, toys, minerals and old maps and charts. It is a charming area and the shops are small but unique and not filled with cheap tourist trinkets. One of my favorites was 'Moby Dickens Bookshop.' It is a small store but with an amazing and varied collection of books ranging from local history and quisine to a Yiddish Dick and Jane reader. It is well worth a browse.
Taos Plaza: So Many Choices
Around the main plaza are lots of interesting little shops featuring all kinds of local and usually very colorful art. You can find serapes, blankets, pottery, dishes and jewelry. My favorites are the brightly colored horses. Around the plaza are stores to suit almost every taste from the high end original and expensive art and decorative furniture to the inexpensive tourist souvenirs. Even if you are not buying, a stroll around ’window’ shopping is very enjoyable.
Taos Drums: Drums and Stuff
This place has a big range of items that make excellent souvenirs. Of course the main ones are drums. They advertise having over 100 sizes & styles of drums with over 60 handpainted ones.
They also stock a whole range of other things including: textiles, jewellery & pottery, music tapes, books etc.
What to buy: Well, like most other places it all depends on your budget and the amount of space you either do, or don't have in your luggage.
We were getting towards the end of a month in the U.S. so were running short in both of the abovementioned departments. Therefore I had to settle for an unpainted one.
Little did I know how much pleasure my twin girls would get out of playing (well I don't know if that word is an accurate description or not LOL) it at the expense of my peace of mind of course!
What to pay: Can't remember exactly, but I know the jewellery was cheaper than the shops in Taos Plaza.
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Coactemalan Art Import: hand made imports
This shop was full of the trinkets that you want to take home with you, to remember your stay in Taos.
What to buy: I bought a straw hat and it came in handy.
What to pay: A hat costs around 25 dollars.
Gallery A: My favorite gallery
Beautiful local art. My favorite was an artist named John L. Mendoza.
What to buy: Paintings
What to pay: At least a thousand dollars.
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