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Old Town Albuquerque

Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
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Ranked #22 of 104 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza and church surrounded by homes and businesses. Many of the historic homes are still standing and some have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants.Stroll the Plaza, dine at our many restaurants, stay at our hotels and B&B’s, visit our museums, take a guided tour or shop at over 150 stores and galleries for unique gifts from the Southwest and around the world.Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies await your discovery. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos beckon you to stop, relax in the shade,watch the world go by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine.Shopping in Old Town is a truly delightful experience. Unique items from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in more than 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios.When in New Mexico, eat like New Mexicans! Enjoy the spice & flair of our traditional cuisine. Savor delightful dishes prepared with CHILE. It comes in red or green and is made from recipes that have evolved from the local Native American & Spanish cultures. Enjoy one of the dozen restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the All-American hamburger to fine Continental cuisine.For over three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. It is a Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town. Old Town is located just off I-40 (take the Rio Grande Blvd. Exit South) to the entrance at Mountain Road.Old Town. In 1937, Route 66 was changed from its original route to a straightened east-west road along Central Avenue. Route 66 meets the Camino Real (now Rio Grande Blvd.) at Old TownOn the plaza you will find replicas of two cannons which were buried in Old Town by retreating Confederate troops during a Civil War skirmish in Albuquerque (April 8-9, 1862). The original cannons are in the Albuquerque Museum. ENTERTAINMENT - Experience a series of weekly entertainment & cultural presentations that will delight the whole family. The series content and line-ups change from week to week throughout the summer & early fall. Don’t miss the Salsa Fiesta in August or the Holiday Stroll & Luminaria Tours in December.LUMINARIAS (Farolitos) - Thousands of visitors and residents come to Old Town on Christmas Eve and during the Holiday Stroll (first Friday in December) to see the spectacular display of luminarias. Candles are set in a bed of sand inside the bottom of a paper bag. When lit, theycreate a golden glow. Thousands of luminarias line the Church, Plaza, streets and walkways of Old Town!

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Brussels, Illinois
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Stopped here looking for lunch and spent the day. The many shops are quaint and fun. Craftsman line the sidewalks with thier art and wares and are ready to bargain. Had lunch here at the Church Street Cafe and started conversation with he elderly lady at the table next to us and she was a published writer and poet. She... More 

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Rye, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a tourist center but it will give you some feel for old Albuquerque and there are some good places to eat.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We had a great time strolling around Old Town for a couple of hours. There are numerous shops offering textiles, jewelry, artwork, flutes and Native American ceramics and wares. There are several restaurants, very casual and offering regional cuisine. There are musicians offering live music in the square, so enchanting. The flute players added an element of serenity and sense... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Was lucky to arrive at the holidays this year. Still enjoy Old Town, it's a fun way to spend a few hours exploring the shops and unique feel to this place in the middle of such a big city yet having the charm of the Old world here. Lots of different shops don't miss those on the periphery outside the... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

There is bars. Really old buildings. The first ones ever build. Many shops. The breaking bad show stores. Great delicious restaurants. All walking distance not the biggest but it's just beautiful and travelers have never complained. I recommend it.

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Flagstaff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There are lots of little shops with all kinds of native arts and crafts, unique pottery, jewelry and such. There is also nice places to eat, mostly New Mexican. And one Christmas store. How can you go wrong. A lot of the shops are around the plaza, which is in front of the San Felipe de Neri Church, a Historic... More 

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A fine historic place that has not been entirely taken over by trendy boutiques and high end restaurants. Some stores sell good quality New Mexican jewelry; others offer clothing of varying grades. The are T-shirts and baseball caps and more kitschy stuff too. Native traders camp out under canopied roofs but their prices are generally lower than in Santa Fe's... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

old town is interesting, but a lot of the same product being sold over a lot of stores. A bit repetitive. Christmas shop is good and meals are also of a good standard. A most go and see at least once or twice

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Fairhope, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We were so pleased to find so many of the OldTown Albuquerque shops open for business on the New Years day holiday. We were only in town this one day and did not want to miss this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We loved waking around here. Lots of nice shops and some good restaurants. We also enjoyed the architecture of the buildings and the old church. We met some native americans and got to listen to their music and watch them dance.They were very friendly and let us have our pictures taken with them.While in "Old Town" we watched a re-enactment... More 

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