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Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
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Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal...

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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It's a very touristy place but has some pretty cool little shops. It has a few restaurants and a bunch of different shops.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Anna D
Golden, Colorado, United States
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Golden, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's a very touristy place but has some pretty cool little shops. It has a few restaurants and a bunch of different shops.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cute touristy area with a central plaza and many souvenir, food and local product shops (e.g. indian pots and jewelry). If you are in Albuquerque only, it's worth the trip. If you're going to Santa Fe, not worth it as it's a smaller and less nice area than Santa Fe.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Old Town Albuquerque is cute and very artistic. It s a place to enjoy the Mexican culture and the New Mexico culture. You can enjoy life music everywhere especially during the weekends.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately I visited this area during a rain storm and was unable to take a true tour. The architecture is a true inspiration to the history of the town. I also visited a shop where I purchased some beautiful Christmas gifts for family and friends. The featured artist is Roberto Gonzales whom has some heartwarming and spiritual works of Spanish... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our mooch around the shops and the shady square, it felt safe, and was easy to park (free) in the area. There are lots of restaurants. Do visit the rattlesnake museum. The tourist information centre has very helpful staff with lots of maps and brochures - NB they also have a lot of very interesting breaking bad information... More 

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marietta GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

lots of ktichy tourist shops. unique architecture and some unique places to eat, but in the most part, a typical tourist arear

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Old Town is the historic area of Albuquerque dating back to 1706. Most of the buildings are original. It is best to arrange for a tour of the area in order to find out the what the significance of the buildings are and how they were used in the early times. This area was once on the edge of the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a great place to go to see New Mexico's culture. It is very interesting because there is a lot to see and to learn about. My favorite place is the church. It's a must see!

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McLoud, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting caught up in the feel of the old west is a fun feeling.... I loved the festival atmosphere. Most of the wares were overpriced and junk...go off the main square and find nicer things a lot cheaper.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are restaurants, art galleries, shops, etc. galore. Your time here depends on how long you want to shop or if you eat. We did not have a lot of time, so we walked a bit and had lunch.

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