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Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point...

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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Many shops to visit with local crafts, Saturday evenings there is entertainment is the village square. There are restaurants that serve local fair. The square is a nice place... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many shops to visit with local crafts, Saturday evenings there is entertainment is the village square. There are restaurants that serve local fair. The square is a nice place to sit in the evening and take in the local activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seriously, if you come to Albuquerque and don't visit Old Town, what's the point? It is quintessential New Mexico and so representative of all that ABQ is. From the beautiful adobe church and historic plaza to the Indian market and all the great shops, you could easily spend a day wandering around here. Plus, there are many great restaurants for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is always a nice time going to OldTown. Shopping to do, sights to see, good tho eat and sight to see. You can't go wrong visiting here. History is plentiful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wandered around Old Town mostly looking at the merchandise for sale. I did buy an inexpensive belt. This place is definitely for people who like to shop. Jewelry, western gear, and souvenirs galore.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old town is always a nice afternoon of strolling the old square, checking out art work, and eclectic shopping. From the Candy Lady to the Balloon store, or the Christmas shop, to all the eclectic New Mexico shops and jewelry stores there is a little something for most people to find something interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must see, there is the San Felipe de Neri Church plus its surrounded by shops that sell antiquities and other things. Must visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed walking the sidewalks of Old Town & especially eating in Old Town. Many shops to explore; however, I was disappointed that many of the folks that had set up shops (in buildings & on the street) were not locals but were from various places I.e. Florida, Nadhville, etc. people just selling souvenirs at a higher price. Again, I did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to go. So much shopping, eating, music in the park. All people were very friendly, too. This area is an excellent place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Favorite stop was the church at town center. Lovely shops with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Prices more competitive than Santa Fe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent a morning walking through Old Town since we were staying near by. It is primarily t-shirt shops and art galleries but we did happen upon the Albuquerque Museum which was an unanticipated pleasure. Teen did buy a Mexican sweater in a shop which we found for half the price at the airport going out of town. Go figure... More 

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