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Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
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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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If you have a day in Albuquerque, be sure to visit the Old Town. It retains some of the charm of the old southwest. Be sure to viisit San Felipe de Neri Church and sit in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you have a day in Albuquerque, be sure to visit the Old Town. It retains some of the charm of the old southwest. Be sure to viisit San Felipe de Neri Church and sit in the sun in the square. If you like to visit gift shops, you'll have plenty of choices.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed our brief visit to this area on Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015. We ate a late lunch at the New Mexican restuarant just across the street to the east of San Felipe de Neri Church and then strolled around the square, taking numerous photographs and browsing in several interesting shops. The mid to late afternoon sunlight... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It was interesting to see the area. A nice square with a historic church. But most everything else is gift shops - not my favorite thing. BUT - if you like gift shops, you'll love it!!!

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Levelland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Had a great time. Everyone was so friendly. Really enjoyed it, especially The Candy Lady and the Breaking Bad limousine tour.

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Southlake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Old Town is a collection of irreplaceable memories. Many of the buildings in Old Town are 300 years old. You can look around you and imagine what life must have been like at that time. There is an historic church that is a must-see. The stores themselves offer a delightful shopping experience. Vendors outside of the shops create their jewelry... More 

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Gainesville, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

There's not much to see here but there are plenty of shopping opportunities. It's a great place to stroll around and shop. Allow at least three hours...there are lots of stores. And there are plenty of benches in the shaded square if your spouse gets tired.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you have some time walk around this old part of Albuquerque. During the week be sure to wait until after 10am. Most of the shops are not open before then. A lot of the shops are your typical souvenir stores. But there are some really interesting boutiques and art stores around the plaza, not to mention some very good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We go about once a month. The walk is great and we love all the stores. I love the sound of the 100 year old wood floors. And the smell. It is a great way to spend half a day!

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Denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is my 3rd or 4th trip to Old Town. This time we took a historical tour which was very enlightening. Not sure of the veracity of the info but it was interesting. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the tour guide but it was a lot of fun. On Saturday there were lots of musicians playing and some... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I love strolling around Old Town because of the history. There are Native American displays of jewelry and other items for sale (always interesting and fun) and often there is Native dancing and drumming. It can be a bit "touristy" at times, but always fun. The lights and decorations at Christmastime are a must see.

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