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Old Town Albuquerque

OLD TOWN, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104
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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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OLD TOWN, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Parking was easy and the park offered some shade on a very hot afternoon visit to old town. The visitor center was helpful and had cold water! We did a little shopping, found some good deals on pottery and blankets, and enjoyed dinner at the...More

Thank Zhyla
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The Albuquerque Old Town offers wonderful experiences for people of all ages, locals and tourists alike. There are several restaurants, with both New Mexico and national/international emphasis, as well as cafes and ice cream/frozen yogurt stores. In addition the Old Town is full of unique...More

Thank msm092015
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Walked around the small downtown area, mostly tourist-oriented. Museum was closed, but the sculpture garden was worth seeing.

Thank gwyn923
Reviewed 26 July 2016

If your into live music you'll have a good time. Lots of indian crafts and jewelry. Some interesting history. Worth a visit

Thank Tim U
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had the great opportunity to stay near Old Town for three weeks this summer. We found our favorite restaurant to be the Church Street Cafe---don't miss it---great food and service in a beautiful setting. The best-value is the frozen yogurt bowls at Yay across...More

Thank dela
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We visited Old Town one day while in town on vacation. It's a fun place to shop. Lots of little souvenir shops and quirky items. Prices are reasonable and parking was close by (but we did have to pay $5 for it). All in all,...More

Thank erpica
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Old Town of Albuquerque is where you should go to see and understand Albuquerque's rich cultural heritage. You can buy tortillas, ristas, and turquoise jewelry here. You will be able to meet Native Americans and Hispanic people.

Thank wfdanieljr2011
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Old Town is great for just wandering around checking everything out. The old church on the square, all the different shops and just people watching!

Thank Bonnie M
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

There are fun shops throughout Old Town, as well as excellent restaurants, so it's a great place to just wander. On weekenfs, there's almost always entertainment on the plaza: tango or traditional dancers, bands, etc.

Thank Brenda P
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This square is really nice and not as touristy as Santa Fe's square. They have some great shops and dining opportunities.

Thank Eric H
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How far is Menaul Blvd from Old Town?
31 May 2017|
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Response from antchin8888 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay, was away... Menaul runs parallel to I 40, and about a mile north of Old Towne.
Barbara T
Are dogs allowed to walk with you in Old Town Albuquerque?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Aileanae B | Reviewed this property |
Yes on leash but they won't be allowed in the stores unless they're service dogs. There are some places you can sit outside to eat in the courtyards off the main square, I don't think they'll be allowed into the church... More
Sheila B
How far is ysleta casino from old town?
9 February 2017|
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Response from Adoloh52 | Reviewed this property |
If your question was from the Old Town area and you want to drive direct, go south on BROADWAY (hwy 47) and that's the road that will eventually take you to Ysleta, right by IH25