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Old Town Albuquerque

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Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
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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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The tourist center of Albuquerque - don't miss it.

Old Town is definitely the must see destination in Albuquerque. If you haven't been here then you haven't really seen all of the Duke City. The shops are great. Lots of wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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St. George, Utah
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Old Town is definitely the must see destination in Albuquerque. If you haven't been here then you haven't really seen all of the Duke City. The shops are great. Lots of wonderful Native American art, jewelry and craft items as well as delightful imported crafts from our neighbors to the south in Mexico. Some cool places to dine and lots... More 

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a nice little area with lots of little shops with everything from tourist junk to fine art. There're also several different restaurants to choose from. It's all outside but there is plenty of shade if it gets hot.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Some good friends took us here on a recent trip to ABQ. It was a fun place to eat lunch, walk around, pop in and out of the many shops, see the historic church, etc. It's kind of like a smaller version of the square in Santa Fe. Nothing super striking to see or do, but a great way to... More 

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Was in ABQ for just the day and needed a workout. I like to ride and the staff at the Hyatt recommended Routes. I contacted them and they outfitted with the right size Hybrid to take on Paseo Del Bosque Trail, the premier bike trail in ABQ. ABQ is a bike friendly city and the trail was a short ride... More 

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I am going to start with the excellent part. I enjoyed window shopping and some of the local artists work sold at some of the smaller shops were beautiful-gourd vases, oaxanon animals, paintings, and of course, jewelry. RedEarth Spirit, the Yucca Art gallery and places near those two are highly recommended.There are a lot of shops here so you could... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is a worthwhile place to spend an afternoon, whether to shop, walk about or absorb the culture. Very colorful neighborhood with lots of hidden shops, plazas and history. Yes there are the t-shirt shops, but their numbers are few enough to be tolerable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Awesome place, great people great food and great stuff. Make sure you go there. Plan on a few hours you will not want to leave.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Although there are now too many shops selling imported "Southwest Collectibles" in Old Town, there is still much to see and do there. You can find spectacular jewelry, artwork, housewares and clothing -- and some world-class leatherwork. There are also many marvelous restaurants -- or just sit on a bench under the trees and enjoy the scenery. The Albuquerque Art... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was an ok attraction. Really just little stores with trinkets and some craftsmen. I preferred our trip to Santa Fe. I think you could skip it be just fine.

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Bellmore, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I loved the style of the buildings, all the art & crafts, and the music. Three musicians played different types of guitars & sang in the gazebo in the center of Old Town. It was so festive!

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