Albuquerque Old Town
Albuquerque Old Town
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Founded in 1706 by Spanish Settlers, Old Town Albuquerque is a historical site in the city of Albuquerque. Built in a traditional Spanish colonial way, its quaint Plaza is anchored by the San Felipe de Neri Church. Today, the historic homes and buildings have been renovated into shops, art galleries, and cafes. You can stroll the district’s streets to discover stunning hidden patios and visit both the impressive Rattlesnake Museum and the history-laden Albuquerque Museum. Don't miss the Portal Market where local artisans sell handmade jewelry too. Join a food, historic, or ghost tour to dive into the city’s rich culture. – Tripadvisor
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  • Beth S
    South Lake Tahoe, California477 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Minimal historic sights
    This was nice old town, but most of it did not open up until 11 am. Because it was hot we tried to get an early start on visiting the area. The church had some points of interest, but only kept our attention for 20 minutes. As with most old town areas, it had SHOPPING and FOOD.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Martina M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Old Town
    Old Town in Albuquerque is something else! It's vibrant, different, beautiful, simply perfect! My family and me are from Europe and we visited it during our southwest US road trip. We are definitely coming back some day. Make sure to visit a store with hot souces where amazing and friendly Renata works at! Candy lady store is also a gem, and all the patios are simpy gorgeous.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Rhi21
    Arlington, Virginia532 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    My friend and I were in town for a friend’ wedding. We spent some time exploring Old Town. We enjoyed this charming town, did some shopping, and slowed down to take in the unique vibes of this town. Worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,198 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place to Visit
    We spent a few hours around the plaza before and after our trolly tour (recommended taking it). Beautiful area, clean and so vibrant in color. The beautiful church sits along side of the park as well. The Gazebo hold entertainment, at least on Saturday when we were there. Loved walking around and looking at all the stores and crafts. Make sure to see the hand painted tree stump on the corner by the church.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • rfharry85
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Town Albuquerque is a must!
    Old Town Albuquerque is a fun place to dine, shop and stroll. Many interesting shops, art boutiques and restaurants. Also it is right next door to the museum so it's a great place to round out a midday or afternoon visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Tomcat29
    Dallas, Texas275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming Town Square!
    Old Town Square was an interesting place and encourage you to visit when you are in the Albuquerque area. I was there to check out a few shops for souvenirs to take home and along the way, stopped in the square to admire the foliage and leaves that fell creating what I thought to be a picturesque moment. We strolled around and visited a few shops and outside vendors. Recommend for everyone - there is something worth checking out.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Jennifer G
    239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Experience
    We were there on a Friday afternoon and it wasn’t that crowded. It’s a nice area to walk around. They had a parking lot close by with plenty of spots and you paid by the hour. There were a lot of shops – some touristy and some unique. There were a few restaurants too. We ate lunch at the Old Town Café and it was very good. They had sandwiches and some local dishes. It does get hot there so make sure to go early!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 May 2024
  • Elizabeth L
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do go here if you're in Albuquerque
    The Old Town in Albuquerque is definitely worth a visit. Many curious shops, cafes, restaurants and the Rattlesnake Museum. The smaller more interesting side of this large town we would have said. You can find most things here you'd like to take home or as gifts. Picturesque. Good food with incredible selection at Sawmill Market nearby.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
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Tanya Z
Chicago, IL42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This place sucks! Arrived around 4pm on a Wednesday and just about all of Old Town was closed down. It was like walking through a ghost town. Trying to find a place to grab a bite to eat was not fun either. If planning a trip through here, use it as a rest area to just fill up on gas and then keep driving. If I never see Albuquerque again, I will be lucky!
Written 6 July 2024
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Clayton M
8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Don’t come here looking for charm or interesting history, especially if you have already been to the Plaza in Santa Fe, which is a far superior experience.

The only thing historical about the old town is the fact that some of the buildings are old. There is a church and a small park/plaza which was mostly devoid of life when I visited. There is a pair of replica howitzers in the square that are representative of the artillery used by the Confederacy when it attacked Albuquerque in 1862. Otherwise, I couldn’t find much worth mentioning and I was ready to leave in about ten minutes.

Everything else feels like a tourist trap. Lots of businesses selling cheap junk, T-shirts, and other kitschy nonsense. It has all the charm of a strip mall and you should not waste your valuable time here when there are other, much better sights, stores, restaurants, and experiences in Albuquerque.

The only redeeming thing about Old Town is its proximity to the Albuquerque Museum, which was actually quite a nice experience and I would recommend visiting if you want to learn about local history, while also seeing some notable artwork.
Written 19 June 2024
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Alisa H
Humble, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Great little local shops.very cute.friendly people.nice gifts.resturants,bars.we had a nice day.i would recomend
Written 18 June 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,679 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were there on a Thursday and I have no idea why we even bothered to drive through this so called historic district. What kind of history rundown houses, uneven sidewalks, closed restaurants and overall feeling of an unsafe and shady neighborhood are??? If this is history, then there is nothing to be proud of. Don’t waste your time and go to Santa Fe to understand where history is treasured, preserved and beautifully presented.

The only notable sight for me personally was the road sign pointing to historic Route 66.
Written 19 May 2024
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luc
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Albuquerque Trip
Went last week in April to first week in May. All sunshine and warm except one evening. Attended Pow Wow and it was spectacular. Best food at the Cultural Centre. Great good and experience at the Pharmacy, Frontier Restaurant and Church Street Cafe. Went on the tram. Super high. Restaurant was way over priced. Great trip.
Written 16 May 2024
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Elizabeth L
78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Old Town in Albuquerque is definitely worth a visit. Many curious shops, cafes, restaurants and the Rattlesnake Museum. The smaller more interesting side of this large town we would have said. You can find most things here you'd like to take home or as gifts. Picturesque. Good food with incredible selection at Sawmill Market nearby.
Written 16 May 2024
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Jennifer G
Frisco, TX239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We were there on a Friday afternoon and it wasn’t that crowded. It’s a nice area to walk around. They had a parking lot close by with plenty of spots and you paid by the hour. There were a lot of shops – some touristy and some unique. There were a few restaurants too. We ate lunch at the Old Town Café and it was very good. They had sandwiches and some local dishes. It does get hot there so make sure to go early!
Written 16 May 2024
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G M
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Could not believe souvenir prices. A cap with NM zia symbol...$20.00. The hiking store NM caps were $36.00. Every shop all souvenir prices wers unbelievably high, on everything. This made the Old Town trip a big waste of our time.
Written 9 May 2024
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Susan
Albuquerque, NM8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Fabulous Old Town! It’s a plaza with interesting local shops, delicious New Mexican food and the Albuquerque Art Museum with its treasured shows. Love the place!
Written 16 April 2024
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scouser1077
Jensen Beach, FL1,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A really quaint sector of Albuquerque, nice restaurants and sights. A very walkable experience which is a bit of a blessing as the altitude can be a bit of a restriction. Nice to be able to see so much in a short distance.
Written 6 April 2024
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