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Old Town Albuquerque

OLD TOWN, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104
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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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OLD TOWN, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a good spot to stroll around and look at the buildings. The stores are on the touristy side but that's ok if you are looking for gifts or souvenirs of any price range to take back home. Enjoyed the music and street performers....More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time walking around and going in different stores. Found 1 store that has beautifully hand painted planters of all sizes, along with hand painted sinks.

Thank pmdtaxi
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots of shops and local artists' studios. Fun adventure and stroll though the plaza. Some local musicians playing in the gazebo in the park and live gunslingers and sheriffs battle it out in outdoor performances.

Thank directorofmusic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very neat little square with gift shops, dining & sightseeing. Great area to get all of your souvenirs in one location 👍. Loved the little shops & listening to the mariachi band in the park.

Thank Carol L
Reviewed 2 days ago

LOVE Old Town, something for everyone and we find something we haven't seen before we visit. Could spend days and days looking at things there , awesome eating spots, just love it

Thank Cora P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Bookstore is one of my favorite shops! There are some great places to eat around the plaza and seems like there is always some sort of buzzing activity which is great!

Thank Spencerfe
Reviewed 2 days ago

Old Town is always a great place to wander around while in Albuquerque. Lots of shops and restaurants to visit.

Thank Sherry M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The music at the gazebo in evenings during summer is nice. Some good restaurants and shops, but very touristy.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Some very interesting architecture in this old part of Albuquerque which gives an indication of the lifestyle in the early days. It is very much a "tourist trap" with a multitude of gift shops and Indian artifact stores.

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The square, church, shops, it's all good and will give you the flavor of Old New Mexico and it's free.

Thank Lloyd M
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How far is Menaul Blvd from Old Town?
1 June 2017|
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Response from antchin8888 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay, was away... Menaul runs parallel to I 40, and about a mile north of Old Towne.
Barbara T
Are dogs allowed to walk with you in Old Town Albuquerque?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Aileanae B | Reviewed this property |
Yes on leash but they won't be allowed in the stores unless they're service dogs. There are some places you can sit outside to eat in the courtyards off the main square, I don't think they'll be allowed into the church... More
Sheila B
How far is ysleta casino from old town?
10 February 2017|
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Response from Adoloh52 | Reviewed this property |
If your question was from the Old Town area and you want to drive direct, go south on BROADWAY (hwy 47) and that's the road that will eventually take you to Ysleta, right by IH25