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“fun and unique shopping”

Old Town Albuquerque
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Ranked #9 of 222 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!
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“fun and unique shopping”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

It was a unique area for shopping and finding lots of treasures. Lots of jewelry, native American pottery, etc.

Visited June 2013
Thank Nancy K
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Must see in tour of Albuquerque things to do”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I love taking visiting friends and family to Old Town. It's a delightful stroll. Definitely recommend including a visit to the Church Street Cafe while you're there to experience some of the best authentic food in Albuquerque! (It's on the Church St - right behind the church on the plaza). What not to see: Avoid the Candy Lady if you have children with you but otherwise old town is delightful.

Visited November 2012
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Palmdale, California, United States
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53 reviews
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“A Step Back In Time”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We visted Old Town and were transported back into time. The buildings have been maintained and restored somewhat, but, still had the "old" feel to them. There are several shops and restaurants. We were there on a Saturday night and there were several ghost tours taking place, but a lot of the shops had closed early due to the storm the previous evening. We will go again, as there are tons of shops we want to investigate. We had a late dinner at the High Noon Saloon and it was great!!

Visited July 2013
Thank Sue H
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Time Well Spent”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Even though we live in Albuquerque now, I enjoy going to Old Town when I want to immerse myself in New Mexico's history. Parking is usually easy. There are lots of little walkways, courtyards, and narrow streets full of shops and restaurants. You can shop for anything from T-Shirts and horny-toads to fine pottery and art. Kids may be interested in the Rattlesnake Museum or the shoot-outs on the streets. There can be musicians playing under the gazebo, or farmer's markets, or festivals. Even on quiet evenings, if there's a Rosary at St. Francis de Neri church, step into the back of the church and you may hear a Mariachi band playing songs between the glorious mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Favorite restaurant is Church Street Café, directly behind the church. It has a very tiny front with a couple of tables, but LOTS of seating indoors. Outstanding food.

Visited June 2013
Thank Lyn O
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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“A Walk into the Past”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Santa Fe may get all the hype, but Old Town Albuquerque is just as scenic with terrific restaurants, wonderful shops, the old church and plaza. Prices are much less expensive than Santa Fe also. Don't miss Old Town if you are visiting Albuquerque!

Visited March 2013
Thank Don O
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