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“Don't Compare This to Santa Fe's Old Town” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
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Ranked #9 of 217 things to do in Albuquerque
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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!
Folsom, California
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“Don't Compare This to Santa Fe's Old Town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Old Town ABQ is quaint and very small. The shopkeepers are friendly and the prices are not as high as in Santa Fe. Some great eats there as well! Try the quesadilla restaurant that specializes in different types of quesadillas (the pizza quesadilla is delicious). Lots colorful doorways, windows, and benches abound for those who like to photograph such things.

Visited January 2013
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“Worthwhile diversion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Despite the bitter cold we very much enjoyed seeing and exploring this part of Albuquerque. Many shops of various kinds selling everything from trinkets to fine art. There are also a handful of restaurants and cafes. It's a little threadbare in spots and could use some sprucing up. We paid to park but arrive early and on-street parking (2 hours) should be available for free.

Visited January 2013
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“Very kewl and relaxing experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Just walking around Old Town Albuquerque is a trip into the past, the present, and the future. Relaxing and unique. Artists sell their goods on the sidewalk, as well as in the stores.

Visited November 2012
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“good experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We had two nights in Albuquerque and dove to old town on Sunday morning.We were pleasantly surprised how nice it was, we agree with most comments,a little touristy but a must see.

We spent a couple of hours and that was about it,better than some so called 'Old Towns'we had visited on our 6 week 9 state road trip.

Visited January 2013
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“Best Old Town in New Mexico!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

What a great Old Town. Nice shops and restaurants. Much more approachable than Sante Fe...and a lot less pretentious. On weekends they have a fair number of native craftsmen selling wares streetside. Even the quirky Rattlesnake Museum is worth a peek.

Visited December 2012
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