The Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail, State Capitol
With the possible exception of SITE Santa Fe, this is probably the best place in town to catch contemporary art. The curators specialize in experimental and cross-genre exhibitions, with a particularly great schedule of performances and installation art (this, in fact, was the site of the first Meow Wolf exhibitions). Their historic Armory campus, which underwent a major renovation in 2009, also hosts a cinematheque where guests can see everything from mainstream art films like Moonlight to screenings from more avant-garde contemporary artists.
State Capital Kitchen
500 Sandoval St., State Capitol
A relatively recent addition to Santa Fe’s revitalized Railyard District, State Capital Kitchen offers a refreshingly unpretentious fine-dining experience. Peruse their classic menu, or see for yourself as the wait staff continually rolls around its seasonal, elevated New American fare on dim-sum carts—it's great fun for those who like variety. Exposed brick and reclaimed wood add to the restaurant’s warm, rustic vibe, which is echoed by its commitment to using ingredients sourced from sustainable fisheries, small farms, ranches, and the local wild. Expect good wine and a unique cocktail program—they get creative with their beer-and-wine-only license.
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