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“Souvenir Central” 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!
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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“Souvenir Central”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Mostly all gift shops targeting the tourist selling basically the same type of souvenirs but there is history to be found and it's a nice area to putter around for a lazy afternoon. The Plaza is a nice central area to relax in. While I was there, I noticed they had a tour group with the guide detailing the history. We parked just north where Rio Grande Blvd and Romero meet for a leisurely walk - even tho' it was drizzly. It all made for a decent afternoon.

Visited October 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Very cool part of town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love visiting the Native Americans who sell their hand-made jewelry in the town square, and the cute little shops.

Visited June 2014
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Napier, New Zealand
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“Gift & Foodies Dream”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A wander through the streets of Old Town has one discovering a treasure of art and antiques.
Indian art is, naturally, plentiful, and suiting everyone's pocket, ranging from the mass produced to the limited copies to an original one off.
The colours are vivid and styles exciting, and we chose two limited prints from Daniel Ramirez who has Studio 13.
Lunch was at the Hacienda del Rio on San Felipe SW., and the shared platter was to die for. It is a quaint adobe building and as it was a lovely warm day we sat outside and watched the world go by as we ate. Service was friendly and quick.
The day was capped by going to the balloon shop and purchasing a lovely couple of mini balloons to decorate the porch on our home. One could simply not buy a hot air ballon of some sort as that is truly Albuquerque. This place is a must.

Visited April 2014
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“You can go if you have extra time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I did not think the old town was very interesting. the old church and some of the art gallerys were fine but the restaurants were not good. There were many trinket stores but no interesting finds. I would head to Santa Fe to see the real deal.

Visited June 2014
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“truthfully the pawn shop across the street is better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you visit the church and walk the narrow lanes, you will enjoy OT Abq. The tourist office is helpful and staffed by nice volunteers. Don't shop there unless you need stuff for the trip home. There is a jewelery repair/pawn shop across the street from the pay parking lot. Shop there! No trinkets but nice stuff and a competent jeweler. Adjacent to OT is a nice restaurant of long standing. Great stew!

Visited March 2014
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