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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Ranked #24 of 125 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Its a great place to walk around , also there are a lot of native american jewelry makers here in addition to all the shops. We spend a few hours walking around and exploring various shops. You are going to get tourist prices here but its worth it. The chile shop is pretty awesome with over 500 hot sauces and... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Nothing amazing here but definitely worth visiting! It's a very cute little area to walk around. A lot of stores and restaurants to go to. The church in the center is absolutely beautiful so make sure to go there too! It's a nice way to spend a few hours of your day!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

nice central plaza and local history we enjoyed walking and discovering that old town the people were laid back friendly and welcoming

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

Great way to spend some relaxing time stroll plaza, mission, shops and restaurants. Native American selling jewelry on plaza was interesting talking to the person who make the item. Host of different restaurants. Having margaritas outside on plaza is always fun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not a lot to do in Albuquerque, and we were very disappointed at Albuquerque Old Town, The local tourist board give it such a good write up, but it’s actually very poor with no thought put into the tourist part of the town. The bus service was a cheap reliable way of getting around the city, if you don’t mind... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We have been coming to Old Town for over 40 years and it has been hard to see it change into a parody of it's old ethnic and bohemian atmosphere. HER: I went to school here in the 60s and Old Town was a wonderful oasis of artisans both Indian and hip. As time went on and we visited Albuquerque... More

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Comox, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you only have one vacation day and enjoy shopping and walking through quaint historic areas, this is the place to come. A range of artisan to clothing boutiques, a price range from very inexpensive to a few higher end shops. Good restaurants, accessible parking. The fellows in the Visitor Information Centre were terrific, full of great information and just... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Was looking forward to strolling around here but when we did, we found so many shops carry the same merchandise. Was still nice, though. Parking is on the street or in some lots. One plus is that the sellers aren't pushy or watch over your every move. Stopped in the church, too. I'd give it another shot the next time... More

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

beautiful place for a wedding at Albuquerque hotel. then tour of old town with the shops and everyone was friendly and helpful. Love the museum of natural history as well as the Albuquerque museum. recommend it to all who come. Come in the fall its cooler about October

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love Old Town to take out of town visitors or just to go to see what's new and happening! Christmas Eve has got to be the best time to visit. It is an experience not to be missed!

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