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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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A great family outing!

We love going to Old Town! We live in Albuquerque and enjoy taking a stroll around Old Town plaza on the weekend. Tiguex park is right there, too, and it's a great spot for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We only saw the area around the small square park. Several tourist junk ships and art galleries and one church and a few restaurants. If you are nearby it's worth an hour but I would not go out of my way to see it. Close to airport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful and authentic pueblos and fun to shop and see different items in each store. Pleasantly surprised that each store was different.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We love going to Old Town! We live in Albuquerque and enjoy taking a stroll around Old Town plaza on the weekend. Tiguex park is right there, too, and it's a great spot for the kids to run and play! If you're going to Explora or the Albuquerque museum take the time to travel around Old Town, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Go before everything shuts down and dont forget to stop by Antiquity Restaurant. There are so many shops to window shop from and many musicians play music throughout the Old Town. Def one of my favorite places in Albuquerque!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Whether going downtown to walk in the footsteps of "breaking bad " or just seeing the historic sites there is alot to do and public transportation is very good, try to plan where you want to go and what to see. Time has a way of getting away from you on this destination.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of souvenir shops and trendy bars and restaurants. Worth the visit if you're looking for Native American Crafts, turquoise gifts, pottery, moccassins, etc. Live music on the weekends, and more, right in the square. Parking is free on the streets!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Be aware....many shops close around 5 pm. Would have enjoyed the area more if more shops were open for browsing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Old town was a great place to spend the day, the people were all so nice. At one point i lost my phone in a store and the whole staff pulled together to find it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Old Town Albuquerque has a 'flavor' all its own. If you have an hour, or an afternoon, Old Town is a 'must see'. There are the usual souvenir shops along with hand made jewelry offered along the sidewalks. There are several good restaurants, as well as the 1700s church. The plaza has many events that occur there and has many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

loved old town. got everything I needed for gifts back home. loved the church and look of the area. a must see in albuquerque.

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