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Address: OLD TOWN, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point...

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!

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Nice plaza, wide arrange of local and quirky shops and good small restaurants

This was my first visit back to old town is over 25 years, and I was very pleased to see all the shops open, good restaurants, buskers, and plenty of plazas and park areas to hang... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Johnson City, Tennessee

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first visit back to old town is over 25 years, and I was very pleased to see all the shops open, good restaurants, buskers, and plenty of plazas and park areas to hang out.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love Old Town and it is so easy and convenient. This past weekend some family came to visit. They're originally from here but wanted to take in the local flavor and spend the day in Old Town. My visiting family were familiar with Breaking Bad but have never experience the mass hysteria residents here experience on a regular basis.... More 

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Modesto, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Touristy but a nice area. Lots of Indian Artifact shops and artist shops. Architecture is interesting. Easy to walk through and lots of restaurants. History is well described and the church was very interesting with unique style. Thought the tree with the sculpture of the Virgin Mary was quite unique.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like shopping this will be fun. There are lots and lots of interesting little shops, and a few restaurants here and there. If you don't like shopping take a quick look and head over to one of the museums.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We drove along old Rt. 66 west from the mid city area and on the north of 66 was Old Town. We parked, $2 per hour, but unless you go the the Museum, you will most likely be done in 2-3 hours. Interesting craftspeople around the plaza. I understand that they are the authorized indigenous craftspersons for souvenirs.

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Philadelphia, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a very enjoyable spot on our trip to Albuquerque. Many interesting shops and great food at Haciendas. Gabby Soap Shop was amazing and well priced items. Parking is easy and cheap! Spend the day and enjoy the

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked through this part of the town on a Sunday morning, so church was still going and most of the shops were not open yet. There was an abundance of birds, kitties and quaint shops

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Hanford, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We always enjoy going to the Old Towns in large cities it gives you a feel for what the cultural is really about. We enjoyed walking around shopping and eating lunch.

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Gallup, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can call it a tourist trap or just a fun experience while in vacation. Visiting ABQ, go here is it is fun, nice stores, decent food, a good ABQ experience.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There is something for everyone! Entertainment in the park on the weekends. Plenty of places to eat or grab a sweet treat. Young and old will enjoy!

Thank Anjanette P

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