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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 point...

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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I really enjoyed walking around and shopping but my husband got bored about halfway through. It's a lot of jewelry and clothing with some native art/souvenirs mixed in. I did... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Blue Portal in Old Town is always a fun place to go. It is a gift shop run by Seniors. Hand made items and the prices are very reasonable. If you don't find something the first time, there is always the next trip. Located behind the church. Closed on Mondays. I always go at least five times a year... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed walking around and shopping but my husband got bored about halfway through. It's a lot of jewelry and clothing with some native art/souvenirs mixed in. I did really enjoy and appreciate the architecture of this old town but I don't think I would have enjoyed it during tourist season. The shops tend toward the small side which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was nice to be able to walk around the area. There are a ton of restaurants and stores, making for an interesting afternoon.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoyed walking around I defiantly felt like I was in a old town for sure and it was a nice place to visit over all.

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Holland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While RV camping in Albuquerque we took time to drive down old Route 66 to visit Old Town. We had an excellent lunch at the historical Church Street Cafe. The drive down old Route 66 was great too. The old motels were fascinating. Hope someone does something to save them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was nice to walk around the old town and see the crafts. It's not something I would see in Canada. I enjoyed my time in Albuquerque.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Charlie is this agile, quick witted character who 136 years ago in 1880 could have been a trapper just out of the hills with a great beard, body size that could lift buffalo hides with nary a hitch and a gift of story telling lacing the land of the ancients to the present in colorful style. This walking tour is... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed Old Town, but it was smaller with fewer people there than we had expected. I think that was because, when traveling in Europe, the "old town" is usually a thriving part of town. Not so, in the USA. We found a great restaurant and nice shops with friendly people. The atmosphere was wonderful.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old Town is a gem for locals and tourists alike. Fun shops nestled in adobe homes. The church anchoring Old Town is lovely. Don't miss La Crepe Michel for lunch of dinner - a true hidden gem. The foods is exquisite. And Breaking Bad??? you never know when you'll run into a cast member. Don't forget the Blue Ice (rock... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Albuquerque is always fun! Not sure if it's still there, but the Candy Lady's shop where she sells the blue candy from Breaking Bad fame is really fun. She's a nice lady. The other shops around Old Town are good also and offer a variety of shopping options for different budgets.

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