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“Fun to wander around here!”

Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #10 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, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 13, 2014

I had a nice time on a warm winter day walking around and browsing the shops. Shop-keeps were all friendly and I found some nice souvenirs.

Thank Splanky
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

This was a great way to spend a few hours wandering. Spend time looking, eating and taking it all in. Pop in and visit guerrilla graphics (t-shirt shop).

Thank Sc E
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

A lovely area of Albuquerque that is so old world New Mexico and picturesque. We were there when the decorations for Christmas were still up and the weather was warm but not hot. Strolling around old town was relaxing and visiting the old mission church, gift shop and restaurants is worth a visit. Be sure and go to the Church Street Cafe right behind the mission church for great New Mexican food. The whole area is a treat. Bring a book for a sunny warm day and enjoy the park or one of the many patios.

Thank CM W
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stopped here a couple of times during our ABQ trip. The first time was dinner time and many of the shops were already closed - so be sure to get there early as this is in no way a night spot (or even evening time). We held up our TripAdvisor app to a shopworker and asked "which restaurant in Old Town is better?" His advice was to leave Old Town for the best restaurant (we took his advice and were VERY happy with our dinners).

We returned the next afternoon just after lunch time. This time the shops were open and the sidewalks more busy with visitors. Some of the shops were more touristy than others. We like a shop where everything was hand made by seniors and the $ goes to a charity. we found a handmade dreamcatcher there that was more artistic than anything we saw for the entire trip.

We also saw the jewerly artists selling their stuff. I appreciated that in Old Town they actually put price tags on their jewelry. In Santa Fe the sellers do NOT have price tags and seem to make up prices depending on what they think you'll pay. The sellers in Old Town seemed much more honest.

Also found a great shop for cowgirl boots where the staff were very sweet and helpful. We only ate little sweets and snacks as the locals didn't recommend any of the Old Town restaurants.
Overall - fun place to walk around, eat dinner someplace else.

Thank TDOK
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is barter and feeling like a good deal only got better. I had soo much fun doing that here and got amazing deals on traditional New Mexico items. Enjoy your time here.

Thank Mike C
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