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Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #29 of 227 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, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Very pricey. You could get the same items at wal-mart for half the price. The atmosphere was nice and the people were friendly.

Thank jack w
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"lots of shops"
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"church street cafe"
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"street vendors"
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"shop owners"
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"art galleries"
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"great shopping"
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"san felipe de neri church"
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"candy lady"
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"rattlesnake museum"
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"local artisans"
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"new mexico"
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"walk around"
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"for sale"
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"few hours"
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"native americans"
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"spend an afternoon"
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"breaking bad"
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

just walked around the shops. had some icecream and left. im not a big shopper but alot people go there to buy soveniers.

Thank amy c
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

If you have some time while in Albuquerque and like to see local artisans as well as kitchy Route 66 items, it's fun to stop and wander through the shops. It certainly gives the feel that it's a very important part of Albuquerque, not just for tourists, with its active church, San Felipe de Neri, and several restaurants.

Thank Ellen M
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

really a fairly unique experience well worth seeing.Very old world and very authentic if you get to Albuquerque this is a definate must do

Thank Del H
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

The old town is surprisingly small, and the surrounding city blocks are not particularly beautiful, but we loved the old church, the historic homes and scenery (it's not far from the Rio Grande), and some nice restaurants in the area. If you're driving through this area you should definitely stop!

Thank DixonsInLondon
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