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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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Quaint little plaza

Charming plaza with variety of restaurants and little shops. Artsy town, so lots of interesting sculptures, patios and galleries. San Felipe de Neri Parish is also here. Saw a... read more

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Charming plaza with variety of restaurants and little shops. Artsy town, so lots of interesting sculptures, patios and galleries. San Felipe de Neri Parish is also here. Saw a wedding and prom photo shoot while we were there. Interesting to say the least😉

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A great place to just kick back or to shop to your hearts content, lots of small shops with lots of good and great art, books, souvenirs, and just fun stuff. Parking during all this construction was a challenge but doable.

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Lisle, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of little tourist shops. Nice ambience. Very walkable. Everyone was quite pleasant and helpful.

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Monroe, Connecticut
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It's a great place to just stroll along and people watch. Most of the shops are just touristy stuff and a few galleries. I don't know if we would go back - maybe to try a restaurant.

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Parking can be a challenge here but if you keep looking, you will find some lots tucked away on the side streets. We enjoyed walking around and visiting the shops.There are courtyards with lovely landscaping and places to sit and enjoy the scenery. Very low key vibe and apparently several community cats hanging out. Eat at the Church Street Cafe... More 

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Sun City, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rattlesnake museum worth seeing and all the shopping was great. A lot of restaurants and great food. A must see for the day

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Marco Island, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just another plaza with shops, restaurants, a plaza and a church. Nothing special in my opinion. My favorite store was the tea shop. They had a large amount of teas and also local honey.

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Windsor, Canada
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Tourist trap for sure but fun. Some street vendors along the sidewalks but none pushy or aggressive. Very passive. Lots of souvenirs for sale. Lots of jewellery. Also lots of closed shops. Quaint. Good for a 1/2 day afternoon stroll and flavor of Albuquerque. Ate a great lunch at the Backstreet

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Aiken, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I arrived Friday around noon from the east coast, walked old town, then ate amaxing southwest meal forunch and shopped. Everyone here is kind and interesting to talk to. Lots of high quality art, jewelry and anything and everything southwest.

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Butte, Montana
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We came during a time when there were not too many people around. The church is definitely worth going to (free). Lots of little shops (even an Irish store). There is a post office, lots of little shops. Really a nice area to people watch!

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