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“Wine and Bistro”

Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #11 of 222 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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Haines City, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Wine and Bistro”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Delicious place, beautiful décor, awesome food at reasonable prices ! Chicken Masala $12. and it was yummy !!

Visited February 2014
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“Revisiting favorite place”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

I used to go to Old Town alot when I lived in Albuquerque so I decided to visit again. We got there late in the afternoon on a Saturday. Looking for the sellers sitting outside we only found 2 set up. The quality of the jewelry was junk, like what you would find at a flea market. There are some nice stores but very expensive, alot of stores where closed. Didn't end up buying anything.

Visited January 2014
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“Old Town ABQ is looking great these days!”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Lots of parking nearby so pedestrians can have the streets and sidewalks with minimum hassle to visit the many artist occupied studios and shops. Very few empty store fronts, good restaurants, be sure to find the bakery, and stop into St. Philip Neri Church gift shop - it's excellent!

Visited January 2014
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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“Some very nice stores but lots of empty stores, too”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

We had a couple hours to burn and wanted to enjoy some local culture. We stopped by the stores at Old Town and wandered thru the streets. There are definitely some treasures to be seen purchased. But there are also many empty stores and touristy shops as well. We went during a week day in January, so there were a few stores that were closed as well.

The Plaza was empty but the church was beautiful. We sat in the sun in the park and enjoyed the moment.

One caution for visitors from other locales. There are 2 parking areas south of Old Town. While the smaller of the two was marked as pay parking, the larger one wasn't. We parked there and got a $10 ticket. It seems like sort of an underhanded way for Albuquerque to collect extra money from tourists.

Visited January 2014
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Salem, Oregon
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“Nice shops and restaurants”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

The Old Town square is built around a lovely park with a gazebo and the old San Felipe De Neri Church was lovely with many shops and restaurants, etc. Very nice place to reander and shop!

Visited January 2014
Thank Carla A
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