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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  • BethC
    Albuquerque, New Mexico21 contributions
    For over 300 years a must visit in New Mexico!
    I've been living here since July of 1983 - born and raised in Boston area of Massachusetts. In Old Town there's lots of historic places - as are most of the buildings in pueblo-Spanish style adobe or later Victorian era. There's lots of fun shopping and art and cultural activities and lots of great places to eat. I take visitors there all the time and I still like to go on my own. Very walkable and quaint. Less commercial and less overpriced than Santa Fe's old town. Some highlights are the San Felipe de Neri church, Church Street Cafe, Rattlesnake Museum, The Albuquerque Museum, Explora (children's science museum), New Mexico Museum of Natural history, and there are often music events during the warmer months in the bandstand.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 16 January 2023
  • AdventureEveryday
    Tampa, Florida229 contributions
    A lot of history, but not a lot currently
    Lots of shops and food places, but not a ton to do. It’s got a lot of history and character, of course, but it’s not somewhere I’d plan to spend an entire day at. I had coffee, did a fantastic history tour, bought a couple of souvenirs, and had some lunch. Great to see how much history is still there several hundred years later, but a museum wouldn’t hurt!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 January 2023
  • cvmillers
    16 contributions
    Quiet in winter
    This was very quiet on a January weekday when we were there. Nothing too special. Had a nice lunch. Visited a great tea shop and the Breaking Bad store. Most the shops in the area near the plaza were touristy full of requisite hanging ceramic peppers, balloon stuff and tshirts.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 16 February 2023
  • WRBurks
    Lubbock, Texas5 contributions
    Albuquerque Old Town is a beautiful respite.
    The park that is the central feature of the Old Town area was the venue for a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil. I was proud to sing there with The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus. My most recent visit to the area was with my daughter and her wife. It is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Carlos P
    San Antonio, Texas149 contributions
    Southwestern Art and Walter White swag
    Not sure what the weekends look like but on Friday afternoon it was pretty slow in the area. Each store does have nice items of either art or souvenirs. If you like Breaking Bad, visit the Breaking Bad Store for both the merch and the tour that goes from there.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Mavis B
    Tenerife, Spain1,014 contributions
    So so worth a visit
    Stayed jyst across the road. It's lovely to wander around the Plaza and shoos. Loved the chilli peopers hanging up. Shops all different selling their wares. Great for memorabilia.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • helensims61
    Wark, United Kingdom492 contributions
    Lovely place
    Not far from the hotel I was staying in, you could walk or the hotel had a shuttle bus to take you there. If you rang the hotel they would also pick you up and take you back to the hotel. Lovely place lots of craft and gift shops, also places to eat and drink. Nice way to spend a couple of hours
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Beth S
    South Lake Tahoe, California478 contributions
    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
    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, Virginia451 contributions
    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
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Tomcat29
Dallas, TX227 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 28 November 2023
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WildHaireAdventures
Tyler, TX1,523 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Went to Old Town while visiting Albuquerque and it was my favorite part of the trip. There are various restaurants and shops to visit and there was musicians playing in the park. This is a definite must see if in Albuquerque.
Written 14 November 2023
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rfharry85
6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 2 November 2023
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IRSHMN_99
Boston, MA121 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited old town on a Monday afternoon. It was relatively quiet,run down and in need of renovation. Perhaps 30 or 40 years ago it may have been different. If you want a t-shirt this place may be for you. Big disappointment.
Written 16 October 2023
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RNH
Murphy, TX91 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great place to visit when visiting Albuquerque. Should not miss visiting this place. The location has many shops and cafes that you visit. They also has some shops that sell traditional souvenirs. Overall worth visiting.
Written 12 October 2023
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Christina B
Louisiana2,712 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 9 October 2023
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Rhi21
Arlington, VA451 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
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!
Written 5 September 2023
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Martina M
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Family
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.
Written 21 August 2023
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Beth S
South Lake Tahoe, CA478 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 2 August 2023
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CaliCanuck3
San Diego, CA183 contributions
Jun 2023
A quaint little plaza with a lot of shops. A number of them all were selling similar things but there were a few unique places, one that caught my eye, a photography place, Albuquerque Photographers Collective I believe. That place was the highlight of Old Town for me!
Written 17 July 2023
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