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“Old Town Albuquerque”

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 August 7, 2014

When I lived in Albuquerque (1955-1963) two of our favorite restaurants were in "Old Town) "LaPlacita and LaHacienda - going to be in Albuquerque for a reunion of our 1962 WAC Championship football team. Hope to get to "Old Town" - I also graduated from Highland High School where played (and lost) in two Championship football games. And was a member of two state championship wrestling teams.

Thank Chuck C
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

I am a local now and have frequent visitors. Depending upon the length of the stay and other considerations, ABQ Old Town is something that should be on the list.

Sure everybody likes to say that they experienced SF during their NM visit, but ABQ Old Town has much of the same history without the high priced, foreigner run shops fed by pawn shops such you find in Zuni.

Bundle this with a Breaking Bad tour and you beat a day in SF by a mile.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Historical Sites and Authenic Southwest Cuisine to be found in the surrounding plaza. Shopping is also fun and the museums and hotels have the historical feel with a modern flair as well. In addition, the Japanese Spa is not far from the plaza if you choose to schedule an appointment.

Thank Gloria P
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

You go to Old Town for two reasons; taking in the old time atmosphere and shopping. I am a girl who hates shopping, but I really loved this. I was very impressed with the quality of the items in most of the shops. So many handmade goods! How to decide! I especially loved the Artist Market where the middle man is cut out, and licensed craftsmen have their goods displayed on blankets. There is a special connection you make when you buy an item straight from the creators hand.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very quait little shops, All the little shops had a lot of different things to offer any shopper. From jewery, t-shirts, pottery, clothing, candy and many other products. Stop for a bite to eat in an outside patio area. very good fried Ice cream and smoothies.

Thank B J
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