We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Worth seeing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
Book In Advance
More Info
$15.00*
and up
Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Ranked #9 of 217 things to do in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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!
Edmonton, Canada
Level Contributor
41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

It was my first time to a city with Pueblo style housing. I spent a half day walking around and taking pictures and poking around the shops. I wouldn't make a special trip to see it, but if you're in Albuquerque it's worth seeing

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank cdnmint
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,452 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,483
    1,282
    554
    114
    19
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Durham NC
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice shopping area with crafts and art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

Neat area of a few blocks with lots of craft and art shops with mostly local articles. Great people. Beautiful buildings and colors. A must in Albuquerque.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
Thank Balanced_Traveller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Silver City, New Mexico
Level Contributor
30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not what it used to be ...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Typical tourist area ... very quiet, nothing to remember. Lots of schlock being sold in stores and by outside vendors. Not what it used to be.

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank jake-106
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Stepping back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Walking around this historic area, you feel like you've stepped back in time. I can just imagine the gunslingers wandering around. Lots of interesting shops and people selling things on the sidewalk. make sure you look down the side streets, there is more to explore there.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
Thank Aus_Pete_N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Mexico, United States of America
Level Contributor
47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Old Town in an old city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Old Town Abuquerque is a relatively small area with many great shops and some very decent places to eat. It has been around since, if I remember correctly, the early 1700's. Well worth a visit. I have been there numerous times over the last 8 years +. In addition, a couple of excellent museums are almost next door to the northeast , within walking distance for many, a short drive for the rest.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank nixster
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Old Town Albuquerque? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing