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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #27 of 125 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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... more » 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! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We love to visit and wander around Old Town. The shops are fun and have a variety of fine art and pottery as well as regular souvenir shops. There is often music in the gazebo on the square and plenty of places to just sit and relax. Outside of La Placita restaurant (also a favorite) there are many handcrafted items... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Shops and food with lots of outdoor seating and real NM vibe. Yes, a lot of the shops sell the same type of goods but shop around for the best price and check out the individual natives spread along the sidewalks. Free WiFi out side in most areas.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Fun place to explore.. Restaurants. Shops..hotels..church... Music.. Tip.. Don't buy anything until you see all stores.. A lot of things are the same...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We came to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta and wanted to make Old Town one of our stops. It was fun. I didn't buy a lot but there was a lot of things to look at. I did enjoy the store that had mostly balloon themed stuff. We also saw the little shoot out in the street which was cute.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Old Town Albuquerque is easy to get too. There is ampule parking just make sure which space your in when paying for parking. Good assortment of shops and restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Back near the public restrooms in Don Luis Plaza...west of the Church, behind the Basket Shoppe and across from Weems Gallery is the Visitors Info cubbyhole which features a myriad of descriptive Info "Stuff" where ya can also chat Face-to-Face with Volunteers, many since the late '80s!!!! who are more than happy to tell ya where to go. I've been... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

On our first visit to Albuquerque, my wife and I found time to go to Old Town on 2 occasions . The parking is limited and on the suggestion of a native, we parked on one of the roads flanking Old town and walked a block to get to it. We have been in Old Towns in other cities [... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A nice place to visit in abq as a tourist, but crawling with crap trinkets amidst otherwise impressive galleries and nice restaurants. Definitely check out the Galeries but watch out for the crap stores.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited Old Town the last weekend of the Balloon Fiesta so it was very crowded and hard to find a place to park. There are so many little shops off side streets of the square but we only visited about of dozen of them. The main theme is indian crafts & jewelry. The Wagon Wheel shop on the square... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We spent a leisurely few hours strolling round the shops. It was nice to see the historical side of the area and that an effort had been made to make the area attractive to tourists. There was music in the square which added to the ambience.

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