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“A walk through history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #26 of 125 attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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!
Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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“A walk through history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Old Town is a collection of some of the oldest buildings in Albuquerque's oldest neighborhood. Good restaurants, varied shopping opportunities & several museums make this area a pleasant place to spend the day when visiting Albuquerque. And everything is within walking distance.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Le Crepe Michelle is the Hidden Jewel in Old Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I really enjoyed the French Cafe, Le Crepe Michelle. They offer an authentic French menu, great wines, and great appetizers. This little cafe is intimate and a lovely setting for dinner in the Albuquerque area.

Visited December 2011
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“300 years and counting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Believe it or not, Albuquerque is over 300 years old, and Old Town is where the city was first founded and located. There's one of the oldest churches in the American Southwest, San Felipe de Neri, and some great restaurants and of course, the shops that sell souvenirs and jewelry. If you're up for walking, the museum and the BioPark are within walking distance as well. I suggest trying La Hacienda for a bite, but there's plenty of other great options around Old Town!

Visited February 2012
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Interesting stroll”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is a picturesque place to be. You can stroll along, going into the various shops, stop to shop, get something to drink & find a place to sit & watch people walk by.

Visited July 2012
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“Quaint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Great restaurants , cute place to shop and hang out. Lots of interesting shops in square. Good parking and easy to access

Visited November 2012
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