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“Going back in time!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #28 of 197 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!
Lawndale, California
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“Going back in time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a beautiful Park surrounded by shops and eating establishments.
They have musicians placed throughout the streets and court areas that play different types of music(mexican, modern, etc.).
I myself had lunch and enjoyed the park.
This will be an enjoyable place to visit for most people. About 2-3 hours.

Visited June 2014
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Flowery Branch, Georgia, United States
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“Old Town Albuquerque”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

When I lived in Albuquerque (1955-1963) two of our favorite restaurants were in "Old Town) "LaPlacita and LaHacienda - going to be in Albuquerque for a reunion of our 1962 WAC Championship football team. Hope to get to "Old Town" - I also graduated from Highland High School where played (and lost) in two Championship football games. And was a member of two state championship wrestling teams.

Visited September 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“A bit more on the REAL side”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I am a local now and have frequent visitors. Depending upon the length of the stay and other considerations, ABQ Old Town is something that should be on the list.

Sure everybody likes to say that they experienced SF during their NM visit, but ABQ Old Town has much of the same history without the high priced, foreigner run shops fed by pawn shops such you find in Zuni.

Bundle this with a Breaking Bad tour and you beat a day in SF by a mile.

Visited July 2014
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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“Great Sight Seeing/Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Historical Sites and Authenic Southwest Cuisine to be found in the surrounding plaza. Shopping is also fun and the museums and hotels have the historical feel with a modern flair as well. In addition, the Japanese Spa is not far from the plaza if you choose to schedule an appointment.

Visited December 2013
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Columbus, Texas
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“Non-shopper Loved it Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

You go to Old Town for two reasons; taking in the old time atmosphere and shopping. I am a girl who hates shopping, but I really loved this. I was very impressed with the quality of the items in most of the shops. So many handmade goods! How to decide! I especially loved the Artist Market where the middle man is cut out, and licensed craftsmen have their goods displayed on blankets. There is a special connection you make when you buy an item straight from the creators hand.

Visited July 2014
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