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“Fun and unique”

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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Oakley, California
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78 reviews
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“Fun and unique”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I love the historic feel of the shops and square. We were there at Christmas and they had a high school band playing in the park. The candy shop was great and the homemade soap shop was my favorite.

Visited December 2012
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Arlington, TX
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

old town old times great mood elevators place you have to see it if you can its well worth the time spent

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New Mexico
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“A fun place to pass an afternoon”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I enjoy Santa Fe's plaza area, but I actually prefer Old Town in Albuquerque. It has more variety, and a lot more stuff for people with real-world pocketbooks as opposed to platinum credit cards. It's fun to wander around and look at the offerings of local artists and artisans, tourist stuff, all the pretty little courtyards, nooks and crannies, and admire the ambience. If the weather isn't perfect, there are several lovely restaurants and cafes right in the area - Church Street is one of my favorites. Some of the shops come and go so it is hard to pick favorites, but last time a tiny little soap store (Gabby's Handmade Soap), and Onyx Expressions, a store selling lovely carved stone lamps, sinks, dishes, and sculptures, were among my high points. Amapola, an art cooperative, is another long-time Albuquerque gallery. Finally, if you're tired of shopping, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the NM Museum of Natural History are both nearby and definitely worth a visit. Plan on spending at least half a day in Old Town, and more if you go to a museum. Parking is generally paid - there are several public lots nearby.

Visited September 2012
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“Quaint, Fun, Entertaining”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Old Town was great. Lots of great little shops. Definitely touristy, but there was so much to see. The restaurants were tasty, and there was alot of activity on the green and people watching! It was a little crowded when we went, but defintiely worth the experience.

Visited October 2012
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Folsom, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't Compare This to Santa Fe's Old Town”
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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