Top things to do

Top Choice Gastronomy in Silver City


When a restaurant is only open three nights a week, you know you'll have to reserve well ahead. Menus change daily and are drawn up in advance according to available ingredients and the chef's whims – expect creatio…
Top Choice Steak in Silver City

Buckhorn Saloon

Once part opera house, this venerable saloon is Silver City's most atmospheric dining option, offering serious steaks and seafood amid 1860s Wild West decor – try the fresh and tasty buffalo burgers. There's lve mus…
Historic Site in Silver City

Pinos Altos

Established in 1859 as a gold-mining town, Pinos Altos, 7 miles north of Silver City along Hwy 15, is almost a ghost town these days, though its few residents strive to retain its 19th-century flavor. Cruise Main St…
Museum in Silver City

Western New Mexico University Museum

This excellent museum boasts the world's largest collection of 1000-year-old Mimbres ceramics. Renowned for their vibrant animal motifs – markedly different from the abstract Chaco style – most Mimbres pots were ‘te…
American in Silver City

Diane's Restaurant & Bakery

Diane's is the local restaurant of choice, especially for weekend breakfasts. If you visit then, order the Hatch Benedict eggs, doused with chile. There's a busy lunch trade during the week, while the romantic appea…
Arts & Crafts in Silver City

Lloyd Studios

Candidate for southern New Mexico's most interesting shop. Craftsman William Lloyd fashions art out of antlers and bone, with a special focus on knives and swords. It's unlikely you'll be making any impulse purchase…
Museum in Silver City

Silver City Museum

Ensconced in an elegant 1881 Victorian house, the local history museum displays a re-created family parlor from the 1890s, as well as collections of Mimbres pottery, photographic archives and temporary exhibits. Cli…
Cafe in Silver City

Tapas Tree Grill

Effortlessly mixing banh mi sandwiches and Thai noodle bowls with crêpes, sweet potato empanadas and, of course, burgers, this lunch spot embodies Silver City's quirkiness. Lots of veggie options.
American in Silver City

Vicki's Eatery

Set comfortably – if a little incongruously – in a former Elks Lodge, Vicki's delights with fresh sandwiches, soup and salad, and filet mignon and pasta on weekend nights.
Cafe in Silver City


A great coffee shop, with seating of all sizes and styles, from couches to love seats to wooden chairs, along with board games, reading material and local art events.