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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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Old town shopping is fun for touristy "Southwest" items and jewelry. Nice place for lunch at Church st cafe.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

this was the best! it was alot of fun to explore the gift shops, and walk these old streets. it was fun to talk with the natives here. we stopped for mexican food at one of the restuarants here. it was delicious! many pictures were taken here!

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It was alright, but not much there for us. It was mostly tourist shops with the same stuff. A few good restaurants though.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nice to walk around. some interesting restaurants. mostly tourist trap. Try the bus tour. informative and funny.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Old town shopping is fun for touristy "Southwest" items and jewelry. Nice place for lunch at Church st cafe.

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have visited Old Town twice and I like it. The plaza is pretty including the center gazebo and the church and the plaza itself. I like the shops and there is a good representation of great local artists here. My favorite restaurant for burritos in New Mexico is here behind the Church: Church Street Café. Craftsman and artists including... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Plan on staying at least a day. Lots to see. We only had 2 hours and definitely not enough time. You can rest in the park or in the church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Easy access with plety of parking with automated metered parking lots. The town square was bustling with tourist the day we visited. The many shops, especially the candy store were fun to visit. We browsed for jewelry and thoughtful gifts for the grandchildren. Local artisans were around the square selling their wares. Nice day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My son and I did the walking ghost tour here during our road trip visit to Albuquerque. My son enjoys the program Ghost Adventures, so we decided to do this tour. It was interesting and informative, not to mention a bit spooky at times. The guide was very good. She brought out the feeling of the place, and you could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We met a great couple Mary and Bob that works at the Information Center. They suggested we go on a tour and come back to shop. Great idea. The flute music being performed nearby was wonderful! Thanks guys.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Hotel recommended a few hours here. Well worth the time! Great Mexican cousine, trinkets and history. A "Must" for passer-throughs"...

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