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Tucked into a busy stretch of Santa Fe Drive between Second and 11th streets, the Art District on Santa Fe has long been a destination for culture buffs. But whether you are a first-time visitor or a longtime fan, the area’s new or revitalized cafes, shops, restaurants, and yes, art studios, help make this neighborhood feel fresh again.
- Get Comfortable
Brothers Andre and Aaron Lobato, whose family owned Boulder’s 14th Street Bar & Grill, merge vintage roadhouse decor with down-home comfort food (think: deviled eggs and chicken livers) at Interstate Kitchen & Bar(901 W. 10th Ave.).
- Java Stop
Even the baristas are artists at Studio 6 Coffee House (910 Santa Fe Drive). Chat them up while you wait for an organic, fair-trade coffee, before heading to the shared courtyard filled with pieces from local galleries and boutiques.
- The Stalwart
The neighborhood’s cultural cornerstone, the Museo de las Americas (861 Santa Fe Drive), houses exhibits and hosts a Spanish Happy Hour on the third Friday of every month.
- Stock Up
Cooperative gallery Artists on Santa Fe (747 Santa Fe Drive) carries everything from eclectic housewarming gifts to more serious art investments. Bonus: The artists take turns working the register.
- Staying Power
More than a decade after settling in the neighborhood, Carol Mier Fashion (754 Santa Fe Drive) continues to churn out one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, and jewelry.