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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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My family consisted of 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 3 children. It was a nice area to walk around for a bit. Lots of little shops for those that like souvenirs, knick-knacks and... read more

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My family consisted of 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 3 children. It was a nice area to walk around for a bit. Lots of little shops for those that like souvenirs, knick-knacks and beautiful hand- made jewelry. The old church is beautiful. We visited the Rattlesnake Museum which we all loved. Enjoyed an early supper at Backstreets Grill. A few... More 

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We recently visited the Historic Alburqueque area was better then expected. Lovely shops and historic site seeing. Food was good, museums close and easily walkable. Would recommend shopping there if looking for silver and turquoise jewelry.

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

In a short time I was able to buy not only for myself but also gifts for family members at such a great deal! Turquoise earrings and bracelets were so appreciated by all who received them! I will keep coming back!

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Revisiting an area we love and enjoying the resturants. Love visiting the chapel and Candy Lady. The culture and historic atmosphere are alive and well.

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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the lovely history and charm of old town. The shops were varied and nice, the music great!! Loved the town center with dancing and music and people and dogs milling about. Just wish there were more outside eateries.

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We had a very nice time touring the old downtown portion of Albuquerque. A lot of history to be seen and pleasant local people.

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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Alot to do and see. Kind of touristy, but that's ok. Visit the Candy Lady who made the "blue ice" for Breaking Bad!

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Cute little area. Jewelry stores can be pretty expensive, but we the 1st one we went to was reasonable. He have my 3 girls free stone bead bracelets and offered free bottled water. It was called Onyx Expression. There were some other interesting shops too. Our husbands bared through the shopping for a couple of hours. We are going back... More 

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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We had a great time shopping here. Everyone was very nice and polite. Some unique finds. Jewelry was the best on the street. We ate at Church Street cafe and had very good food.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

What a great visit to the old origins of Albuquerque. A walk around the plaza, and popping into various shops was a delight. We hit it fairly early in the morning, so we beat the crowds and the heat. It was a wonderful stroll.

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