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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #23 of 123 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I visit here every year with my family and we always have a great time walking around the little area and looking inside the beautiful church. The wild west show they put on is a nice touch but parking is a nightmare. The shops are nice for souvenirs , we usually walk the whole area in about 2-3 hours. The... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

We moved to NM n February and visited Old Town each time a family member comes into town. The town is fun to visit for family members, but does get old if you have visited before. The best part she a few of the shops, church, and pretty plaza. I would visit at least once.

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Wow, where to start? The thousand crappy tourist shops selling junk jewelry, vases and Breaking Bad tee-shirts? How about "the original" "La Hacienda" restaurant that serves watery salsa and rancid-tasting chile con queso and fajitas with gray beef? My kid had a corn dog and chips for $6.95 and my other son had a quesadilla like the kind I make... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Nice shops, great jewelry and some art work. Wish there was a "fast food" type place where you could get a simple snack - not just a sit down meal. spent a few $$ and enjoyed it

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Maryville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Based on the reviews I thought this was a must stop while in Albuquerque. Yikes! Shops were all touristy jewelry and knick knacks. I'm not sure what I expected but this was not it.

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Yakima, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had the best time going through the shops.It was so fun to see things that we don't have around our city in Wa.I was able to bring home alot of neat gifts for family and friends.I didn't want to leave.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Old Town was really nice. It was very clean and had a decent arrangement of stores and restaurants. Some of the shops are upscale and quite expensive. But most were the standard souvenir and Indian jewelry fare. Nonetheless, it was a lovely place!

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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'd compare this to Santa Fe, and Old Town would win. Santa Fe seems to have a plastic, recreated feel to it. I'm sure Old Town is heavily recreated, too, but it just doesn't feel that way. Take the time to walk the town, don't fail to visit into and past the dinner hour. In Albuquerque for a week, we... More

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Erlanger, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Old Town is one of my favorite places to visit in New Mexico. It is quieter than Santa Fe, but full of similar history. The shops are nice and more reasonably priced than Sante Fe, and I love to buy from the Indian craftspeople who sell their creations from blankets on the sidewalk. There are great restaurants and a historic... More

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Sharpsburg, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My first time in Albuquerque with only a day to stay & play, I was taken to Old Town. I enjoyed looking around the town, doing some shopping, and dining.

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