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Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
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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We come to Old Town several times a year. We just love all the unique shops and sights and sounds of the old city.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Farmington, New Mexico
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Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We come to Old Town several times a year. We just love all the unique shops and sights and sounds of the old city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This small section of Albuquerque is rich with gift shop, bars and restaurants all accessible with a short walk. While we were there on St. Patrick's Day a pub crawl was in progress. The Albuquerque Museum of Art History is also within the Old Town mix. Very eclectic with something for everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We roamed the town area prior to dinner in Old Town and found it to be a great place to just wander around. Like any heavily travelled area it had to obligatory touristy shops selling rubber tomahawks and tee shirts but mixed in you'll find unique place you cannot find elsewhere. Go for the eclectic artwork, jewelry and others shops.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I lost count of how many attractive, peaceful, pleasant courtyards I stepped into. I'm not the world's greatest shopper and I just had a blast walking into all of the courtyards in and around Old Town. Sat in a lot of them daydreaming about what it would be like to live in one of these...

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The area was very clean and the people very friendly. The stores all appear to sell the same items but prices were different. If you are in to jewelry, this is the place. It was worth the stop to see the old buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The local artisans on display in all these shops is awesome lots of history in the "old town" just park and walk neat shops and restaurants on every corner.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Old Town Albuquerque is a great stop to take a walk around the square whether you shop or not. The stores are primarily the typical tourist places offering trinkets, T-shirts, and jewelry, but there are a few nicer ones in the area. Also some cafes. Some local vendors spread their wares on the sidewalks so you can get a bargain... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Interesting to walk around and see the architecture and imagine what it might have been like years ago, when the stores were selling things people actually needed. Gift shops, art galleries, etc. are just not my scene, esp. with teens along. Probably would be better if on a weekend NOT during summer when there are more likely to be other... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We have always enjoyed visiting old town and had another wonderful visit. Visit several places before you buy anything in order to find bargains.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Old town is amazing with a lot of culture spent the whole day there without getting bored. So many things to do and I even got to see a flamenco performance!

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