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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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Was in Old Town, Abq. in April and the weather was lovely. I am sort of happy at this place still exists as it takes one back to an older time in NMex's history. The street... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Damascus, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We visited on a beautiful, sunny day and enjoyed walking around, sitting in the plaza - people watching, listening to street singers and shopping for native American jewelry. Bought some very unique pottery - hand made and painted in Mexico - at the Tanner Chaney Gallery. Also visited the museum and art gallery the next day- a worthwhile activity.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Most of the places closed when I was there from 6Pm to 8PM on Memorial day.. Lot of tourist traps! Not much genuine. the History is awesome at how long it has been there!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Nice place to shop for souvenirs. We got lucky and there was a wedding in the center of town, so we saw the styles and customs of locals. Old style buildings and streets with all kinds of arts and crafts made by them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Did some serious shopping, very nice people everywhere! Got some decent deals.. wish there were more public bathrooms though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

my trip to old town was great loved every minute of it in fact I went back the next day!!!! will go again

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of fun things to see...native crafts, tourist shops, lovely church, a gigantic selection of restaurants, several museums. Once sort of run down, but much improved in recent years.

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Damascus, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Was in Old Town, Abq. in April and the weather was lovely. I am sort of happy at this place still exists as it takes one back to an older time in NMex's history. The street vendors are mostly artists and you can always negotiate priced items with them as they are happy to sell their art. I made the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Great place to collect all you souvenirs. Absolutely love this area. I'm a window shopping anyway, love just walking and looking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you like walking in a open park area with fun restaurants and shops, this is a good stop. It is not too touristy or overly busy. The church is the highlight of old town. The square has some good historical plaque reviewing different eras of history. Parking was not too difficult once we got to the old town section.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We love to walk around Olde Towne everytime we come to Albuquerque. We eat at Church St. Cafe, we shop, usually picking up some thing to take home to Ohio. We love the new Olive Oil shop, Must do that!

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