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“Don't miss this old town!”

Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #9 of 223 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the beauty & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The center of community life in the city. Founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez, Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern with a plaza at its center and a church surrounded by homes and businesses. Most of the historic homes are still inhabited and many have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants. Stroll the Plaza, dine al fresco at our many restaurants, stay at our hotels and B&B’s, visit our museums and shop at over 150 fine retail shops and galleries for handmade gifts from the Southwest and around the world. Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, vibrant flower gardens and dramatic balconies await your discovery and selfies. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos welcome you to relax in the shade. Watch the tumbleweeds blow by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine. Shopping in Old Town is an incomparable ethnographic experience. One of a kind handcrafted treasures from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in so many fabulous shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios. When in New Mexico, you should eat like we New Mexicans eat! Enjoy the spice & flair of New Mexican traditional cuisine. Savor complex dishes prepared with red and green chillis. It comes in red or green based upon its drying time and genetics, and is incorporated into recipes that have evolved from the local Native American & Spanish cultures. Enjoy one of the many restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the famous bacon green chilli cheeseburger to ambient fine dining. For over three centuries Old Town has been the heart of the Southwest. It is the most important Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose brave ancestors founded the city. Old Town is found off I-40 (take the Rio Grande Blvd. Exit South).
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Fort Collkins, Colorado
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“Don't miss this old town!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Live music & artists, crafts, shops, restaurants, and a great feel for the "old" part of Albuquerque, steeped in history & charm.

Visited October 2012
Thank Marilyn H
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Beautiful historic shops,restaurants,and church. Great to sit in the plaza and relax or shop from the native vendors on the patios. A wonderful afternoon or evening stop. Too bad the stores close in the evenings.

Visited November 2012
Thank Robert_Mark
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Murrysville, Pennsylvania
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“All that Glitters!!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Traveled to Old Town to shop! WOW! What a shopping extravaganza! Silver, Silver, SILVER!! Tee shirts, blanket shirts, silver, silver, flowers, necklaces, umbrellas, hats... Quaint old shoppes with everything imaginable from apples to zebras! Literally! Lots of variety and prices are pretty fair. Food available...we tried some street tacos...yum! Only down side is for some reason the meters will only allow 2 hours..otherwise it was fun. A cute touristy place to visit, with a museum practically next door...(down the street). Had fun..remember to bargain with the street vendors...prices are NOT set in stone or silver! LOL!

Visited October 2012
Thank Rosemary V
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
“Beautiful historic venue”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Go during Christmas time for a great cultural and spiritual experience. Spend some time at Antiquity restaraunt and enjoy the wonderful arts and crafts.

Visited September 2012
Thank s c
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San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Nice but everything begins to look the same”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

We visited Old Town in Albuquerque while there for the Hot AIr Balloon Festival. It's a nice area with lots of shops from jewelry, chocolate, restaurants, tee shirts, etc. The vendors along the side walk are really expensive. I get that some of them are Native American, which I can appreciate the culture and work they put into handcrafting the jewelry, but some of it was a little outrageous. If you are looking for one of kind jewelry, you might want to buy from them, but expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. We purchased some nice earring from a shop where the lady actually cut a deal right off the bat. We also got some good deals from a place towards the back that sold tee shirts and hot air wind spinners. I got several for gifts. Everywhere else they were $22, I paid $13. The little gazebo in the middle of Old Town is nice and they usually have singers and dancers. The church is nice to take a picture of from the outside. It's a good "stroll around" kind of place if you are looking to kill time or looking to purchase a few gifts for yourself or friends. After a while and visiting a bunch of stores, everything begins to look the same, so that is why I rated it a three. It's still nice to visit, especially with girlfriends. May not be a guy kind of thing (at least for my husband it wouldn't be, which is why I went with a girlfriend). :)

Visited October 2012
Thank Jameziemom
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