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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #25 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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Richardson, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We visited over the 4th of July holiday weekend. We were fortunate to get attached to a tour started from the Albuquerque Museum. It provided us with the historical facts that made it come alive. The shops and retaurants were scattered throughout historic buildings as well as sidewalk vendors selling jewelry. It was pleasant walking with no major crowds. The... More

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I love Old Town Albuquerque. You can spend few hours to few days just stroll around this lovely Old Town. We spent a day and half went through shops & galleries, watch live performance in the plaza (La Rondalla de Albuquerque was great), digging some tasty food, meeting & talking to some very nice people, of course, taking tons of... More

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Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

A different experience from the Plaza in Santa Fe, but still worth a stroll and visit. The shops on the plaza in Albuquerque are not as high-end as in Santa Fe, so they are a little more affordable. It is a nice way to spend a leisurely morning.

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Albany, New York
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We have walked around the Old Town several times on multiple trips. A few years ago, we had the good fortune to arrive on the Day of the Dead and enjoyed the small festival with music costumes and late hours. Other times, we have enjoyed walking around but missed the shops because they closed early. There are many different items... More

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Willow, Alaska
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Just a lovely place to walk around and take in the ambiance of what Albuquerque used to be. The civilized part of the old west.

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Poolesville, MD
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We went to several shops within this plaza and were extremely happy with our purchases as well as with the owners of the establishments. You must visit Old Town when you're in Albuquerque because there is so much to see as far as the arts. Jewelry, rugs, candy, paintings, pottery, antiques, t-shirts, clothing, textiles, etc. There is something for everyone... More

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Creel, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

All in all, it's a very nice area to walk about in with a lovely, shady plaza and some nice shops around with some unique crafts. Well worth spending a couple of hours exploring and visiting the shops.

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Ramona, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are familiar with the "old town" concept (keeping faithful to the original buildings and layout of a city while turning the area into a tourist destination), you will not be disappointed. The surrounding green areas are lush and full of flowers. The restaurants smell wonderful. There are many vendors selling locally-made jewelry and art pieces. And you can... More

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Dallas, Texas
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218 reviews 218 reviews
142 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Okay, shopping is not my idea of fun, but walking around Old Town is for the ambiance and feel for the area--adobe buildings, Indians, local crafts, and historic buildings and churches. Nice walk from the Capitol. Park by the Visitor Center and walk the few minutes rather than frustrate yourself in the center of Old Town. There is now a... More

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Burleson, Texas
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145 reviews 145 reviews
130 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Many nice shops and restaurants. Historic area with parking available. Just park and walk through the many shops. Great variety of merchandise but many of the shops have the same items. Street vendors have nice jewelry.

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