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Address: Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: +1 505-246-8677
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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A Must-See in Albuquerque

We never spent time in Albuquerque without a stop in Old Town. The shops always have something of interest, and the Native American artists market it a good source for special... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We never spent time in Albuquerque without a stop in Old Town. The shops always have something of interest, and the Native American artists market it a good source for special items as well. We have some favorite shops that we seen to visit every trip, especially the Weems Gallery. We have brought a lot of items home from this... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like to shop for overpriced Southwestern souvenirs (most not made locally),then go to Old Town. Old and tired buildings, shopkeepers, locals. Very few smiles on faces. Courtesy is rare. Same bland menu in every restaurant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a cold November Day but that did not deter. We found shops, museums, locals with wares to share, and a great little shop with a waiting cup of hot tea. The New Mexican Adobe buildings, with their hanging bouquets of dried New Mexico chiles were everywhere. A delightfully spent afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Old town Albuquerque is a really neat place. I really enjoyed walking in the various different shops, looking at art and other handcrafted items. We started in the center of town near the gazebo and made a big circle. I recommend going in the shops that suits your fancy and every once in a while visit a shop that you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice to walk around this Old Town area Heaps of shops nice Christmas tree and City of Lights at night a Christmas treat for families who venture out in the cold! Great to see

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a cute area, mostly kept up for the tourists. There are a lot of small artsy and souvenir shops around the square. We did not have any issue with finding parking. There are a few restaurants and bars. Several tours start from this area, if your interested in learning more about the history or movies/shows. Worth a stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice pueblo feel and plenty of small shops and items to find for self and family. Easy to navigate and not to large. Easy walk to river of life too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Oldtown is a must see for travelers. There are tons of places to eat and shop, while supporting the local economy. Picturesque and full of culture and history! Some of the highlights for us were the old churches, Q Chocolate Cafe on Romero St(AMAZING CHOCOLATIER!), The Breaking Bad Candy Lady, and the Amapola Gallery and Artist Co-Op. There are lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My stay was quite pleasant and the venue definitely captures the history and culture of the region. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and offer to assist at every turn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister lives around the corner from OT and when I visit from Michigan, it's a great place to walk every night, shop, and experience the people. I walked by myself every morning after coffee when the streets were quiet. It's an amazing place. When it is busy its not so much that you still can't shop, have some drinks... More 

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