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“Fun, shopping, food & great entertainment!” 5 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!
Dallas, TX
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“Fun, shopping, food & great entertainment!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is such a nice area off downtown Albuquerque. If you're looking for Indian & Western jewelry & clothing, this is the place to go. The shop owners are so friendly & they'll give info for other shops if they don't have what you're looking for. Albuquerque is full of nice people! I love visiting there!

Visited October 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Yes it's a bit touristy and I'm sure it's super crowded in the warmer months but I really enjoyed strolling through this area. It's far less touristy and overpriced than comparable areas like Sedona, AZ. Everyone we spoke to was so nice and helpful and you can really find some unique items. I thought the prices were very reasonable (not to say there aren't overpriced items as well) but, overall, good value. I especially enjoyed the chili shop with the wall of hot sauces! I'm not a big shopper but if you're in ABQ - don't miss this.

Visited February 2013
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“Doable walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Lots of stuff to see and explore in a relatively compact area. The houses look like they were made as early as end of the 1800's and the 1920's-40's.

Visited February 2013
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white sands missile range
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“Nice shopping experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

I wouldnt go to ALB just for this but if you are already there it is definately worth checking out. The shopping isnt all that unique as most of the stores carry a lot of the same thing. However it is a nice place to spend a few hours walking from store to store or grabbing a bite to eat. There is paid parking nearby and even a trolly tour if that is thing. Some stores are MUCH better than others and offer some unique items. Semi touristy.

Visited July 2012
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“Cute Shopping District”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

We were passing through Albuquerque on a cross-country move, and we had a little time to take in something fun and local--so we went down to Old Town Albq. I am such a sucker for artsy shopping areas, so I really enjoyed looking around at all of the local artisan shops. Items weren't nearly as pricey as I thought they'd be, and we ended up taking home a few pieces that I'm really thrilled with. There were plenty of knick-knack shops mixed in, but I think that the reason to visit this place is really to get a look at local artists' work.

A lot of people seem to be talking about how crowded the place is, but we went there on a Monday night in January so I can't really relate. It was very sparsely populated, which made for a really great shopping experience. In fact, we'd only gotten there at 5pm and some things were already closing up shop. We ended up eating dinner at Church Street Cafe, which was one of the few restaurants still opened, and it was really delicious!

Visited January 2013
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