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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 28, 2009

We went to Old Town twice while staying in ABQ for a week. It's small, just a couple of blocks. Santa Fe is blocks & blocks of shopping, but Old Town was quaint and you could easily stroll, eat, and relax at the gazebo for a few hours. The people were very friendly. We enjoyed ABQ more than Santa Fe and Taos.

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Reviewed July 25, 2009

On this road trip we went through Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque pueblos/plazas/historic shopping sites. We enjoyed this one the best. We found the other 2 to be overpriced tourist spots, especially Taos Pueblo. In contrast, Old Town Albuquerque had something to hold all of our interest, including music on the sidewalk and decent prices compared to the other 2. While admittedly, a few of the shops were pricey,we all found other shops with plenty to buy here compared to Taos and Santa Fe. On a side note, if you are Christian, in need of spiritual or physical healing, look up El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo near Santa Fe.

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Reviewed October 5, 2008

We visited Old Town on a Saturday afternoon, when the place was really hopping. The bandstand in the central plaza had some great entertainment. There was a six member Mariachi band that was fabulous, followed by a huge group of flamenco dancers. The group was very talented and the little girls were amazing.

There was also an arts & crafts fair going on, with lots of very interesting things for sale, created by local artists.

San Felipe de Neri Church is beautiful. The museum and gift shop were open, and sold lots of interesting items. We also went inside the church, and it's quite beautiful.

We didn't do a lot of shopping this time, but we have visited here before and enjoyed the many shops in this area. When visiting Albuquerque, you really need to visit Old Town to see some of the history of the area.

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Reviewed October 2, 2008

We lived in the Albuquerque area for 20 yrs and Old Town was always a favorite place to go and watch people, see some interesting art, do some shopping or enjoy a meal. This is the place to go on Christmas Eve as the Plaza and surrounding streets are lined with luminaria, a true NM tradition.

You can barter with one of the Native Americans along the portal or check out the small side streets for interesting dining experiences or shops. You might even see a newlywed couple having their photos taken in the gazebo in the center.

On weekends a long club enacts gun battles in the streets, some fun for the kids.

San Felipe de Neri Church is a good example of Spanish Mission church and they have done some recent restoration work. It too makes a great photo backdrop.

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Reviewed September 29, 2008

Ok to be honest I may have missed the guided tour and it may be that I took my self-guided tour at the wrong time - and thus missed somethings but I found the Old Town to be anything but fascinating, during my visit here on a Sunday morning.

Very nice adobe houses, but it's difficult to distinguish the old houses from the never ones. Either restaurations have been carried out just a little too well or the houses are not really that old. But then again being European old is a relative term. If its not older than 14th century it's not old...

Furthermore the entire area is riddled with lousy souvenir shops who sell more or less the same more or less authentic things. This gives the whole thing a smell of being just a commercial idea rather than an authentic, old pueblo...

Sorry - otherwise I did like Albuquerque very much...

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