For a miniature vacation from the “big city” without hauling up to Santa Fe or out toward the eastern or western reaches of I-40, you can’t get much better than Placitas.
Quaintly tiny like Madrid yet with a twinkling view of the Albuquerque metro laid out below, it’s near and far in all the right ways.
So, too, is the Placitas Cafe, a regulars’ joint with home-style comfort and sass in equal measure. Why have pancakes when you can eat monkey cakes? Why wait for a server to refill your coffee when you can choose your own mug and refill from the beverage table?