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Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of...
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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If you have a day in Albuquerque, be sure to visit the Old Town. It retains some of the charm of the old southwest. Be sure to viisit San Felipe de Neri Church and sit in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

A small plaza with trees and kiosk in the middle, and shops all around, as well as open air Indian market. Too much craftworks exposed by the way. It is necessary to compare and to negociate. Also necessary to enter the streets in the vicinity if you chase turquoise. Mexican food available very close. We were lucky to see preparation... More 

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Blind River, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I loved the history and architecture of the area. The diversity of the little shops is superb. You also have the opportunity to buy directly from some of the artists on site. luv it!!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This is the oldest part of Albuquerque. Shops, cafes, and restaurants abound, but there are still small residences. Relax and enjoy the flowers, or admire the art and fine pottery in the many galleries.

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Olympia, Washington
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This is a tourist location - no doubt about it. However, if you go at a time when the crowds are smaller, it is fun to talk to the merchants - especially when the sellers are also the artists that make the merchandise. Values for original art pieces is good, but the real fun is interacting with people who want... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Pretty much tourist oriented ... even as a tourist picking the unique from the many would be tough. If you cannot get to Santa Fe its native market on the west side of the square is a smaller version with much the same artisan to consumer experience.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The buildings are small and old but that adds to the ambience. There are vendors sitting outside the buildings selling their handcrafted jewelry. It is nice to meet the person who made your jewelry and get a little story to go along with it. The items were marked so there was no price haggling, some times I don't like to... More 

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Cartersville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Just walking around and stepping inside all the little shops and galleries was a delight. Everyone was so pleasant, bought a beautiful silver and turquoise braclet from a local artisan, that was displaying his handicraft, along with the other artists. Very talented people, some were honing their skills, while you watched. Plus, bought a great necklace at, Art on the... More 

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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you have a day in Albuquerque, be sure to visit the Old Town. It retains some of the charm of the old southwest. Be sure to viisit San Felipe de Neri Church and sit in the sun in the square. If you like to visit gift shops, you'll have plenty of choices.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed our brief visit to this area on Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015. We ate a late lunch at the New Mexican restuarant just across the street to the east of San Felipe de Neri Church and then strolled around the square, taking numerous photographs and browsing in several interesting shops. The mid to late afternoon sunlight... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It was interesting to see the area. A nice square with a historic church. But most everything else is gift shops - not my favorite thing. BUT - if you like gift shops, you'll love it!!!

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