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Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #30 of 233 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Old Town, great food (Church Street Cafe is the best), benches under the big, old shade trees, the Treasure House book store stuffed with selections about New Mexico and the southwest, even the South American flute players are great!

If you are looking for Native American jewelry at fantastic prices, go to Tanner Galley. You will find both sterling silver and gold, the best artists and contemporary as well as traditional pieces.

Depending on when you visit, there may be bands playing on the plaza, processions of different organizations, celebrations of feast days and more. Old Town in ABQ is New Mexico history made new every day.

Thank Michaela H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you are in Albuquerque you have to stop in old town. great old town fell good deals buying jewelry from the local indians. lots of shopping and restaurants

Thank Bart N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finally Old Towne supports local artists. For awhile it was mostly Made in China stuff. So excited to see local artist shops. The Old church and square is awesome

1  Thank Bpopeorders
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been going to Old Town for years, and we always make a point to get down there when we are in Albuquerque. There's a variety of shops as well as an area reserved specifically for local vendors selling handmade items. My personal favorite place to visit is the hat shop - they have a large variety of hats and accessories, often times in hard-to-find sizes.

Thank Dave K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wish we had had more time to spend in Albuquerque’s charming old downtown, as one hour was not enough. We were driving through and needed desperately to find a yellow New Mexico T-shirt and silver earrings. We found both, wandered through several boutiques, admired the town plazas, and spoke to many locals who were selling their own jewelry.

The downtown area isn’t huge, and there is public parking, so this is an area you can visit in probably 2 to 3 hours.

2  Thank Cherry_Wonderdog
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