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“Great place to shop” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #28 of 199 things to do in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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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!
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“Great place to shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We enjoyed the many stores that Old Town had to offer. this is also where you can take the trolley tour. Would recommend as a must stop.

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Champaign, Illinois
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“Wander a bit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

No need to buy anything if you don't feel inclined. The people were lovely and it was a lot of fun to wander through on a wonderful day.

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“Nice for an evening stroll”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

There are a number of shops and restaurants. Gives you a sense of the Old Town. Great for a late afternoon/early evening stroll and dinner.

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“Shopping Anyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I really loved Old Town. There is something here for everyone. I was able to talk to some of the vendors. There are some great stories if you take the time to listen. I love the people!

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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“Old Tourist Trap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

I love the old parts of town, and when traveling in Europe try to find them and why they were there. Lucky I booked a walking tour as all that is there now is the shops that you find in every tourist trap place. Tshirts, art, people hawking stuff on the street, restaurants, and ice cream. Nothing says it better.

If you are in Albuquerque go, but do not be fooled it was a ghost town until Route 66 came through and the city elders decided to try to get you to stop there.

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