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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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I have been here perhaps 100 times over the years and it has changed a great deal. You must shop carefully, and remember they do not "give away" authentic Indian silver/turquoise... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just would like to say that Old town Albuquerque is truly the heart of the city. It encompasses what the city is all about: the old Pueblo (Native American) style, with the Spanish style. It makes for a good stroll amidst all the stores. It is particularly beautiful during Christmas time when all the Luminarias are lit. It gives some... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The old town square and adjoining church area really have the feeling of authenticity. Lovely. We felt very safe walking around the area at night.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here perhaps 100 times over the years and it has changed a great deal. You must shop carefully, and remember they do not "give away" authentic Indian silver/turquoise jewelry. I have no doubt a great deal of the cheap stuff you will see in many shops comes from China. The history of the area is unique. Restaurants... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old town has lots of great shops with local art, pottery and jewelry. Some good places to eat and the church in the square is a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 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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