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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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Super cute tourist trap

This is definitely your go to for any tourist items you need to purchase on your trip, a lot of the little stores around here support local native artists and their crafts and I... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is definitely your go to for any tourist items you need to purchase on your trip, a lot of the little stores around here support local native artists and their crafts and I really appreciate that. My only complaint is that a lot of the shops didn't open until 11am, and I did not have time to wait around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a fun activity for the whole family. Nice Shops and Good places to eat. Easy walking tours that show what Albuquerque used to feel like and shows how it has grown into the city it is today.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some lovely stores - quite a few were the normal souvenir type, but many had very unique items and gorgeous southwest jewelry. Some beautiful clothing stores as well - do make time to visit The Wild Rose where you'll find a stunning selection of one of a kind women's clothing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's fun, quaint, and touristy. Enjoy the atmosphere, and look carefully for some very special shops that sell beautiful art, jewelry, and unique clothing. It's all GOOD!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some cool shops but most are selling the same thing, restaurants suck, very dirty and overpriced. Shop owners don't keep regular business hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited on a Sunday and a few stores were closed.Several open but not many tourists.Took in the pueblo style buildings and toured the old church.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes it was slow season, yet there were specials to be had especially at Gallery 8. Yet for the missus and I, if you have the time take the 45 minute drive to santa fe. Selection is broader, and the vibe of the place a lot more fun. In many of the shops we saw the same items, making the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The plaza in Albuquerque is gorgeous. There's almost always something going on (music, dancing, etc). The surrounding stores suit everyone's needs from tourists to high end shoppers. There are great restaurants and parking is pretty easy to find.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent 5 nights here and discovered Albuquerque with many thanks to the wonderful staff at the hotel and there recommendations. The in house restaurant is a gem-a chef who obviously knows their business and a wait staff that was on their toes. Actually the entire staff-maids, maintenance, wait, desk-were some of the best trained and attentive we have encountered.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Was in Albuquerque for a short time, so figured we check out Old Town Albuquerque. It's filled with alot of unique shops, galleries & clothing stores. Easy to get around, even for those who have difficulty walking. If in Albuquerque, I would recommend going to Old Town Albuquerque a must see.

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