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“Cute place to visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #23 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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“Cute place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I love all "Old Towns". No matter what state I'm in.
The old buildings are cute and fun to shop in.
Good place for souvenirs and a fun place for your out of town guests.
Plus they usually have good music in the courtyard.

Visited June 2012
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“Great place to bring visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

When visitors are in town, this is a great place to bring them. There are great little shops, nice places to grab a bite and stroll around the plaza, remembering times of the past. Stop in San Felipe de Neri Church for a little spiritual renewal and chat with the local Native American artisans (and buy a piece of their work).

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

So much to see here. There's everything from work by local artists, local products, home goods, souvenirs, christmas; which each shop is happy to tell you about. Some great little places to eat, grab a snack, grab a drink. One of the good things about Old Town is you can be there for a quick visit or you could be there for hours. I'd suggest allowing plenty of time to stroll around and poke around in lots of stores, cafes.

Visited January 2013
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“A must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I was there twice with my cousins and loved it! It's picturesque! You can walk around and go shopping, eating and sightseeing. The arquitecture is rustic and of adobe. It was winter but sunny and colorful! The people are very friendly and helpful. Several museums and points of interest. We visited the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. The first time I ate at Church Street Cafe and the second time at Old Town Pizza Parlour. Great food at both places! I bought a turqouise at Art Tafoya. I highly recommend going to this area of Albuquerque!

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“It's just fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I've lived in Abq nearly all my life, but I never pass up a chance to come to Old Town. I don't go in every shop, but window shopping and specialty shops keep me occupied for a long time. I can always find new bottles of chile sauce to try, and I especially enjoy the Christmas tree lighting in December. There is plenty of restaurants to eat in. In 40 years it's changed a lot, but I never tire of Old Town!

Visited December 2012
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