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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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Lots of T shirt shops with chinese trinkets sold as NM souveniers. Nice jewelry and art shops that are worth the trip

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Corrales, New Mexico
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Old Town in March 2016. The weather was a little cool but the sky was blue and it was perfect for taking photos. They do have a Pedi-Cab for hire if you do not want to walk but it is a nice place to just walk and go in/out of the little stores and shops.

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Corrales, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of T shirt shops with chinese trinkets sold as NM souveniers. Nice jewelry and art shops that are worth the trip

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great area to explore historic areas; classic NM food; and fun tourist shops. Tree-lined streets; local artists; and often live music on the streets.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Historical Albuquerque at it's touristy best. Nice restaurants. Some gorgeous art. Town square with gazebo and frequent entertainment. Very old Catholic church. Old Town can be VERY crowded at times, but worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went there to get lunch and spend our afternoon to go around some historical place and museum. It was a great time for us!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the square there were replica cannons from the Civil War (I didn't know it made it all the way to ABQ). Many shops with touristy things to buy. My favorite was the Santisima Art Gallery - it was a little hidden and we stumbled upon it. Also a few eateries; but we didn't try any.

Thank Rob R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited the Old town on a Saturday afternoon since I was in town. I expected to see my bustling and I was told sellers actually bring their wares where you can haggle but I didn't get to see all of those the day I went. I strangely snowed the day before so the days were icy and it was... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first time in Albuquerque and we decided to spend the afternoon in Old Town Albuquerque. What a great time!! So many shops, dining choices, souvenirs, jewelry vendors, and a rattlesnake museum. The honey and tea shop was great and we enjoyed peanut brittle with green chili and jalapeno flavoring. The church on the plaza was built in... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Whoever said it was awful and only a tourist trap didn't read about or look into the history of Old Town. It has an amazing history and the architecture is fascinating! Absolutely great restaurants and some of the best Native American rugs and pottery in the state. Albuquerque is my home town and I come to Old Town everytime I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tasty and amazingly LARGE. Sit by the fountain outside in the back! Tons of space to sit although deceiving from outside. Staff are friendly and you are in the middle of old town easy walking everywhere.

Thank Annette M

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