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The Railyard

Establishment neighborhood
Ohori’s Coffee
1098 1/2 S. St. Francis Dr., The Railyard
Family-owned Ohori's has been in operation since the original founder Susan Ohori (who learned to roast beans from Alfred Peet, of Peet's Coffee) first claimed the space in 1984. The owners here are passionate about coffee, meticulously sourcing beans and roasting them in Santa Fe—pour-over is their drink of choice, though you can also get milk-based drinks and bulletproof coffee here. There's a lovely outdoor patio that gets buzzy in the summer months.
Modern General
637 Cerrillos Rd., The Railyard
Off the main drag near Shake Foundation and next door to sister restaurant Vinaigrette (also owned by creative/chef Erin Wade), Modern General is hybrid of a general store, juice bar, and bakery in one. The walls of the airy, barn-like space are filled with items for the home (tools, books, kitchen gadgets, office supplies), garden (overalls, seeds, tools), and foodstuffs like gourmet mustards, staples like sugar and flour, and homemade pies that are famous in the neighborhood. In the back, there's a juice bar with plenty of healthy snacks and lunch items, all sourced from Wade's farm, and tables with Wifi for customers.
Santa Fe Farmers Market
1607 Paseo de Peralta, The Railyard
With a LEED-certified building at the Santa Fe rail yards that allows them to stay open year-round despite New Mexico's chilly winters, the Santa Fe Farmers Market is widely considered to be one of the best in the country (it's also one of the oldest, originating back in the 1960s and running continuously since that time). A major signature of the market is the board's high standards for local produce, which must be grown in the state of New Mexico to be included in the market at all.
Shake Foundation
631 Cerrillos Rd., The Railyard
While this casual burger spot is known for its take on New Mexico’s iconic green chile cheeseburger, the shakes here are the real draw. Made from local Taos Cow ice cream, they are in a league of their own—flavors change daily, ranging from standard vanilla and chocolate to lavender and salted caramel. No-fuss, outdoor picnic-style tables and string lights add to the old-school charm. Plus, the burgers are super affordable, priced around just $4.
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta, The Railyard
The first thing you’ll notice about SITE is its façade: Designed by Los Angeles-based architect Greg Lynn, the structure’s exterior is a work of art in and of itself. The relatively small contemporary art museum (which announced a major expansion to be completed in 2017) houses regional, national, and international exhibitions in the middle of the Railyard Arts district. While SITE offers exhibitions year-round, it was founded in 1995 to organize the first international biennial of contemporary art in the US, bringing a global contemporary art dialogue to the Southwest.
Radish & Rye
548 Agua Fria St., The Railyard
Head straight to the bar at this aptly named New American restaurant, where the cocktail program (curated by mixologist/sommelier Quinn Mark Stephenson) offers more than 50 varieties of bourbon. If that wasn't reason enough for a visit, chef David Gaspar de Alba’s menu of fresh, seasonal fare, inspired by finds from the local farmers market, is an equally powerful draw. Be prepared for some tough decision-making—their small plate offerings include corn chowder with bone marrow and green chili, smoked black ribs, and steak tartare with alabria chili, lime oil, and quail yoke.
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