Albuquerque Old Town
Albuquerque Old Town
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Founded in 1706 by Spanish Settlers, Old Town Albuquerque is a historical site in the city of Albuquerque. Built in a traditional Spanish colonial way, its quaint Plaza is anchored by the San Felipe de Neri Church. Today, the historic homes and buildings have been renovated into shops, art galleries, and cafes. You can stroll the district’s streets to discover stunning hidden patios and visit both the impressive Rattlesnake Museum and the history-laden Albuquerque Museum. Don't miss the Portal Market where local artisans sell handmade jewelry too. Join a food, historic, or ghost tour to dive into the city’s rich culture. – Tripadvisor
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  • WRBurks
    Lubbock, Texas5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Albuquerque Old Town is a beautiful respite.
    The park that is the central feature of the Old Town area was the venue for a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil. I was proud to sing there with The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus. My most recent visit to the area was with my daughter and her wife. It is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Carlos P
    San Antonio, Texas149 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Southwestern Art and Walter White swag
    Not sure what the weekends look like but on Friday afternoon it was pretty slow in the area. Each store does have nice items of either art or souvenirs. If you like Breaking Bad, visit the Breaking Bad Store for both the merch and the tour that goes from there.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Mavis B
    Tenerife, Spain1,015 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So so worth a visit
    Stayed jyst across the road. It's lovely to wander around the Plaza and shoos. Loved the chilli peopers hanging up. Shops all different selling their wares. Great for memorabilia.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • helensims61
    Wark, United Kingdom493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    Not far from the hotel I was staying in, you could walk or the hotel had a shuttle bus to take you there. If you rang the hotel they would also pick you up and take you back to the hotel. Lovely place lots of craft and gift shops, also places to eat and drink. Nice way to spend a couple of hours
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Beth S
    South Lake Tahoe, California490 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Minimal historic sights
    This was nice old town, but most of it did not open up until 11 am. Because it was hot we tried to get an early start on visiting the area. The church had some points of interest, but only kept our attention for 20 minutes. As with most old town areas, it had SHOPPING and FOOD.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Martina M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Old Town
    Old Town in Albuquerque is something else! It's vibrant, different, beautiful, simply perfect! My family and me are from Europe and we visited it during our southwest US road trip. We are definitely coming back some day. Make sure to visit a store with hot souces where amazing and friendly Renata works at! Candy lady store is also a gem, and all the patios are simpy gorgeous.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Rhi21
    Arlington, Virginia451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    My friend and I were in town for a friend’ wedding. We spent some time exploring Old Town. We enjoyed this charming town, did some shopping, and slowed down to take in the unique vibes of this town. Worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana2,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place to Visit
    We spent a few hours around the plaza before and after our trolly tour (recommended taking it). Beautiful area, clean and so vibrant in color. The beautiful church sits along side of the park as well. The Gazebo hold entertainment, at least on Saturday when we were there. Loved walking around and looking at all the stores and crafts. Make sure to see the hand painted tree stump on the corner by the church.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • rfharry85
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Town Albuquerque is a must!
    Old Town Albuquerque is a fun place to dine, shop and stroll. Many interesting shops, art boutiques and restaurants. Also it is right next door to the museum so it's a great place to round out a midday or afternoon visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Tomcat29
    Dallas, Texas227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming Town Square!
    Old Town Square was an interesting place and encourage you to visit when you are in the Albuquerque area. I was there to check out a few shops for souvenirs to take home and along the way, stopped in the square to admire the foliage and leaves that fell creating what I thought to be a picturesque moment. We strolled around and visited a few shops and outside vendors. Recommend for everyone - there is something worth checking out.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
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Karona R
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Our first visit was in the day time which was very neat since we got to see the cute little courtyards between the buildings. A lot of the stores had reasonable prices from local artisans which helped us indulge with our spending. We went back the next day in the evening and had an interesting time with our spirit box, especially at Church Street Cafe.
Written April 10, 2021
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Frances S
Seaford, NY71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Take a trip into Old Town. Make sure you stop at the church and go into the gift shop where you will be overwhelmed by all of the religious material on sale. Make special note of the hand wooden crosses that are made by a local artisan. There are restaurants as well as tons of gift shops selling typical western materials such as jewelry, clothing, blankets etc. the real jam is the locals who lay out their blankets and sell on the sidewalk.
Written January 5, 2020
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Raymond T
Cameron, TX38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
It is not every day that you meet a nationally acclaimed artist but that is exactly what happened the early days of June. I stepped into David Behrens Gallery and there behind the counter was the artist himself. We had a very interesting conversation and my impression of David is that he is a person of great Spirituality and Faith. We both agreed that God the Almighty Father knows everything and is Master of all and that we know very little, almost nothing in comparison. I was honored to meet David and he personally autographed a card to me and the way he signed it spoke volumes. I now appreciate his Native American artistry with the utmost esteem as I purchased one of his works which was a painting of 4 of the greatest Indian leaders of the 19th Century against a background of Mt Rushmore, it just makes you think about the past...
Written July 28, 2020
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BuddysArmy
Apache Junction, AZ834 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Spent time around dinner. Walked around for some souvenirs, took in some music in the town center, found a great place for dinner, and then some sweets for an evening treat. Most stores closed around 5pm - 6pm. Large inexpensive parking lot attached to the area that made it easy to park and start browsing.
Written July 17, 2021
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Wendy M
68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A few large "pay lots" are on the outside of the town square. $1/hr. Then you can walk everywhere within 4 block radios around the town square that offers everything from high end art to cheap souvenir shops with fun stuff. Restaurants, sweet shops, rattle snake museum. There was a nice band playing music in the town square where locals brought lawn chairs and listened in a nice park setting.
Written July 15, 2021
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Anita C
Lake Charles, LA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
There are certain merchants that we go to over and over because they are genuinely grateful for our business. Unlike SantaFe where people act entitled, snobby, over-inflated values, and sometimes downright racist. Back to the positive - Enjoy excellent wines from Sheehan Winery, have an incredible meal at the High Noon Restaurant and Saloon, get incredible quality and service at Old Town Olive in addition to the owner's next door two very fairly priced Native Pottery and Jewelry Stores. So many GREAT art galleries I cannot narrow down to a favorite.
Written September 6, 2022
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Chris P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
An amazing treasure of history hidden inside of regular Albuquerque. Old Town is a fascinating labyrinth of tiny streets, alleys, cozy nooks,and surprises around every corner! The history there goes back over three hundred years with countless tales to be told. The shops are fun and beautiful with that special New Mexico flavor. And the food! Restaurants and saloons are tucked away with inviting fireplaces and art inside. While strolling, look for amazing, unique, colorful doorways that invite exploration beyond the threshold...
Written November 9, 2020
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WBJM2009
Little Rock, AR797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We stopped here to walk around the shops, see the rattlesnake museum, and have some ice cream. After seeing reviews about safety, we came here during the day - paid parking lot available right off of the square. There were people driving through, revving their engines and others playing music, but I never felt unsafe in the afternoon.
Written March 28, 2022
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Nikkie E
Wright, WY81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
This place is so awesome. I love that the people will sit on the sidewalks and sell their handmade jewelry. Very beautiful jewelry as I may add and very inexpensive and well worth the money. I will definitely be going back too this place again.
Written December 13, 2020
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MMS_BBB
Paris, France223 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Old town was cute, quite small
and had many tourist shops. Fun to walk around, have a coffee, see some local craftsmanship and get some souvenirs along the way. Too bad some of the tourist shops had scam prices that were really high, and on the other hand, some of them has bunches of sales going on. Fun to see the Breaking Bad parts too.
Written February 22, 2020
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