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“Charming, Definitely Worth a Stop” 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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“Charming, Definitely Worth a Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Old Town is charming... beautiful architecture, a relaxing Plaza with benches in the shade, friendly people, talented native craftsmen, lots of art, plenty of side streets and nooks and crannies to explore. A mecca for artists like me, or those who like to mingle and shop. It is a bit touristy, but it's still fun. One of the days we went to Old Town ABQ was celebrating it's anniversary and there was a parade, music and lots going on.

If you are a fan of Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul, the tour departs right off the Plaza. The church is beautiful. Venture inside and enjoy the spirit filled high arches. Several museums are conveniently located nearby too.

Visited April 2015
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“The real taste of New Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

A small plaza with trees and kiosk in the middle, and shops all around, as well as open air Indian market. Too much craftworks exposed by the way. It is necessary to compare and to negociate. Also necessary to enter the streets in the vicinity if you chase turquoise. Mexican food available very close. We were lucky to see preparation for a family celebration.

Visited July 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I loved the history and architecture of the area. The diversity of the little shops is superb. You also have the opportunity to buy directly from some of the artists on site. luv it!!

Visited April 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Beautiful old adobes, perfect for a leisurely stroll.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This is the oldest part of Albuquerque. Shops, cafes, and restaurants abound, but there are still small residences. Relax and enjoy the flowers, or admire the art and fine pottery in the many galleries.

Visited March 2015
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“Even with a short time spend time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This is a tourist location - no doubt about it. However, if you go at a time when the crowds are smaller, it is fun to talk to the merchants - especially when the sellers are also the artists that make the merchandise. Values for original art pieces is good, but the real fun is interacting with people who want to tell you about what they are selling and where they got the material. The stories were interesting. Secondly - with the smaller crowds - it is interesting to look closely at the buildings and the building. So go early or on a week day in the spring.

Visited April 2015
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