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“Good history and culture”

Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #26 of 174 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the beauty and charm of Old Town Albuquerque! Founded in 1706, Old Town centers around the Plaza and San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793. Surrounding historic homes and buildings have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants. Stroll the Plaza, dine at great restaurants, stay at a bed & breakfast or nearby hotels, take a bicycle or trolley tour, visit museums and shop at retail shops and galleries for handmade gifts. Hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and fountains await your discovery. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos welcome you to relax in the shade or enjoy our wonderful New Mexico sunshine. Savor traditional New Mexican dishes prepared with red and green chile, great steaks, and even classic country French cuisine. Old Town is located south of Interstate 40 (take Rio Grande Blvd. at exit 157 and head south).
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a lovely area with lots of shops--I couldn't figure out why I didn't see more people there--or why they closed so early in the evening. Good food, shops, history--artisans with their beautiful handmade items--where was everybody?

Thank Judy W
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"lots of shops"
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"church street cafe"
in 93 reviews
"shop owners"
in 54 reviews
"street vendors"
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"art galleries"
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"great shopping"
in 60 reviews
"san felipe de neri church"
in 87 reviews
"candy lady"
in 65 reviews
"rattlesnake museum"
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"local artisans"
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"new mexico"
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"t shirts"
in 79 reviews
"catholic church"
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"walk around"
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"for sale"
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"few hours"
in 115 reviews
"native americans"
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Pro: it was clean, the employees seemed friendly, and parking is free.
Con: it is, after all, a tourist destination, so don't expect much more than that. There are some quaint shops, some higher-end (by touristy standards) local artwork, and the usual gaggle of blankets, pottery wares, and t-shirts. If you need to purchase evidence of your trip to Albuquerque, look no further!

Thank Eric J
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Nice to stroll and spend an afternoon. The shops do not open until 10:00 so don't go early .

Nice park , lovely church, great restaurants, and tons of shops , mostly jewelry, and souvenirs

I liked the Indian market , however I can't bend down very well so could not see a lot of what I wanted to as they set up on the sidewalk

Thank shelby b
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

You've read reviews of Old Town Albq being a tourist trap. This isn't one of them.

You can find Asian imports here, but there's so much more that if you can't find it you're not really looking. There's good, authentic cooking as well as fast food. There are antiques as well as souvenirs. I was able to pick up some good Zuni jewelry for my wife as well as some things for the folks back home. There's music in the park and in the historic church, and flowers around the square. What's not to like?

One of my favorite things is that if you get off the plaza the side streets have lots of hidden gems. I don't know how many conquistadors rode here but the neighborhood's been around a long time and has the feel of a real town.

That's the kind of place I like to be.

Thank DavidCardy
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I know this place would be loved by a lot of people but to me my husband and kids it was kinda boring. The shops all are very similar in style not a lot of variety. We are from a region of CA where the old adobe shopping areas are a lot nicer and more diverse then this stop. The one shop that stood out and the kids loved was the candy lady.

Thank jfoxworthy
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