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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...

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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Well worth the time to walk this little (but jam packed) area. Plenty of shops and restaurants. Very good vib to the place. We enjoyed our evening in the Old Town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Raymore, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 NEW

Went to old town several times during our stay. It really comes to life with music and local artists. Lots of shops and dining places.

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Laughlin, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 NEW

Old Town has some very old architectural structures. The High Noon Restaurant is a very neat place. Of course, there were many other vintage shops and places to eat.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours walking around Old Town Albuquerque and enjoyed it. It was a bit too "touristy" for us, but everyone recommended we see it, so we did. The shops all seemed to carry the same products - t-shirts, jewelry, pottery. Most everything was overpriced. Lunch at the Quesadilla Grill was good and the entertainment in the gazebo... More 

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Raymore, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

Well worth the time to walk this little (but jam packed) area. Plenty of shops and restaurants. Very good vib to the place. We enjoyed our evening in the Old Town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

Pretty shops and friendly merchants. Unique gifts, art and color everywhere. We loved spending a Sunday in old town. Dancers and music on the plaza, Navajo WWII Code Talkers, and all kinds of foods; who can ask for more?!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

We stopped in the city for three days and must admit, it's really uninteresting. It has the feel of one of the many little towns in NM, just a lot bigger. The area in the old town where little shops, Indian art and similar things are - not sure what's called, it's where the hacienda del rio restaurant is and... More 

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

A walk back in time. Albuquerque is this amazing melding of Indian, Mexican and American cultures. Each culture is treasured and honored in Old Town. The crafts and restaurants were unique and offered an incredible array of items to interest all visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

Nice area with a great mix of shops, restaurants and a beautiful church. Perfect for souvenirs, lunch or dinner and relaxing strolls. Great vibe, and perfect for romantic evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW via mobile

The old town of Albuquerque is a cute little area. A good walking time with many cute, little shops.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 NEW

What an interesting place to visitwith so much history and so....much shopping! We enjoyed the area so much, that we went back twice! The local crafter's wares were beautiful and reasonably priced.

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