Tucked inside the Oldest House in the United States - built in 1646 - is Santa Fe's newest coffee bar. And it is filled with history, freshly-baked goodies and the delightful presence of proprietor, Evelyn Roybal.
The space is unexpected and charming and in addition to hot coffee, cocoa, tea, lemonade and a bevy of snacks, there's enough wonderful kitsch to engage your attention while nibbling on a red chili pecan brownie or some buttery biscochitos or a lovely slab of jalapeno peanut brittle.
The Oldest House sits just around the corner from the San Miguel Mission, the Oldest Church in the U.S., and Evelyn added some religions touches.
The coffee bar with the cozy stools and the big screen TV on the wall above, was originally an altar that she found and resurrected with a bit of paint.
A photo of the original altar is framed and sits on top of the "bar".
A charming bookcase along one wall is filled with family portraits. "I wanted people to feel at home," says Evelyn.
And I did mention the snacks, right?
Shelves and shelves of politically incorrect snacks.And when you're finished with your coffee and your sweet, you can take a tour of the Oldest House. It's free, but a donation would be lovely. The money goes towards upkeep and restoration.
TIENDITA del BARRIO
At the Oldest House
215 E. de Vargas