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“Colorful, Historical, Delightful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
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Ranked #9 of 217 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!
Nashville, Tennessee
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“Colorful, Historical, Delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

Old Town Albuquerque gives you a wonderful insight to the history of the city. Several blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the beautiful plaza where you can sometimes find live entertainment. The San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, is on one side of the plaza...quite beautiful. There were flowers all around. Saw some of the prettiest roses I've ever seen outside the International Rose Garden in Portland, OR. With a limited amount of time to be in Albuquerque, I went to Old Town the day I arrived...then returned the next two days. You'll find museums, delightful shops with locally made merchandise, typical "made in China" souvenir shops, street vendors and very good restaurants! I bought beautiful jewelry from the street vendors. They have to register and be selected each day before they can set up and sell their merchandise AND they have to make the items themselves. I liked buying for them and being able to see the hands that produced such beautiful work. Most of the shops close at 5-6 pm but restaurants are open later. I was able to find free parking all three days around the plaza.

Visited May 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

Love , Love , Love Old Town Albuquerque, fantastic shopping and restaurants. Breakfast at Church Street Cafe is a must for any visitor. Just a great town!

Visited June 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Walking Tour of Old Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

The 100 or so stores in Old Town offer items from inexpensive gifts and T-shirts for children, too the serious art and jewelry collector. Must are Romero House, and ask for Victors great hot dogs, they're the best. Plaza Gifts and ask for Val, the largest collection of T's. The jewelery on the Plaza is first rate, for best deals shop at 4:30 pm, when they are more willing to negotiate based on the days sales! Skip the Covered Wagon, he treats his employee poorly.

Visited May 2014
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Miami
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“LOVE THIS PLACE BUT WISH IT WAS OPEN LATER”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

I love this little town. I love the shops, walking down the historical streets, the haunted tour, the beautiful old church, etc. I just wish it was open later. I went at 8pm on a Thursday night and everything was closed except for the restaurants. Since this is really the only tourist area in Albuquerque you would think they would stay open later but they don't! I think the businesses would benefit economically from being open later.

Visited May 2014
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“A still down Old Town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

No need to pay for parking, if you do not mind walking. Plenty of street parking on 20th street, & quick walk to the center of activities. Lots of little alleys with plenty of unique shops. They all offer similar items to buy, so check around before you buy as the prices differ for the same items.
Closes early evening but you can stroll around & lots of places to eat!! The plaza is a nice resting place.

Visited May 2014
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