We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number:
+1 505-246-8677
Website
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

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!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$15.00*
and up
Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 3,360 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1383
    Excellent
  • 1191
    Very good
  • 522
    Average
  • 112
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Great shopping and lots of history

It's small enough that you can do it in a day. We took the old town by "Food Tours of New Mexico" which we highly recommend. The church is beautiful.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Kathy G
,
Columbus, Ohio
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

3,360 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 3,226: English reviews
Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's small enough that you can do it in a day. We took the old town by "Food Tours of New Mexico" which we highly recommend. The church is beautiful.

Helpful?
Thank Kathy G
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quaint area with lots of good shopping, easy parking, restaurants, entertainment. Nice was to spend an afternoon or the whole day.

Helpful?
Thank Rebecca M
Abbeville, Georgia
Level Contributor
212 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our walk around old Town. Old style decor. Loved the architecture of the buildings. Felt Safe. Lots of trinket shops.

Helpful?
Thank BeBeReeves
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are here for shopping, it's just okay... if you are here for the atmosphere, you'll be pleased! The little town square was bustling with people, music was being played and people were sitting around enjoying a laid back day! The large park on the far end of Old Town was a fabulous park!! My three year old had... More 

Helpful?
Thank Raegan K
Medford, Oregon
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I didn't realize I was there for the 200th anniversary of Albuquerque. It was a festival in old town and a lot of fun. Ethnic singers/dancers. Fun shops around the square. Great food.

Helpful?
Thank Paula B
West Jordan, Utah
Level Contributor
68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been here once before and still love it! Lots of shops to see and buy from. Foods to eat and photo opportunities too, you'll love visiting here! Get there earlier in the day to have enough time to see everything! Parking is minimal cost.

Helpful?
Thank Michael H
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful Architecture! Many little shops were neat and had unique/local items. Pottery was Amazing and we bought a few item. We just couldn't resist.

Helpful?
Thank tammymul
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I usually go there to hang out when ever I am in town. Always something to see and taste. If you spot something you want to buy then try a little bargaining. Always seems to work for us.

Helpful?
Thank myscha
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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.

Helpful?
Thank CurlyRocks
Corrales, New Mexico
Level Contributor
317 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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

Helpful?
Thank Mickey6448

Travellers who viewed Old Town Albuquerque also viewed

 

Been to Old Town Albuquerque? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Old Town Albuquerque and other visitors
14 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (14)

Questions? Get answers from Old Town Albuquerque staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?