Take a walk through history around Albuquerque's original central plaza, the serene village that has been the focal point ... More
Old Town Alburquerque
Take a walk through history around Albuquerque's original central plaza, the serene village that has been the focal point of community life since 1706. You can explore the historic buildings, museums, restaurants and bars. Wrought iron and adobe bancos (benches) beckon you to rest in the shade and watch people stroll. Unique items from around the world, as well as those distinctively Southwestern, can be found in more than 100 shops and boutiques.
Old town in abq is a boring dump. I don't think you should visit this place. I went there recently and some of the restaurants have their dumpsters right next to the door. I lost my appetite. There's also no place to park.
Old town is a good place to take your out of town guests. Sometimes my wife and I go there after church on Sunday mornings. I gets boring after a while. Shops never really change what they are selling.
The parking is horrible and it was way too crowded. Many of the shops were over priced and we were able to get a better deal in Santa Fe.
We took the "Ghost" tour and found it to be okay. the guide was hard to hear and wasn't very knowledgeable about the paranormal outside of the script that she had obviously memorized. it got boring towards the end.
Driving home from Santa Fe went out of our way to check out Old Town. This is the kind of place that great things could be done with, hope that they do. People were very nice, parking ok some nice galleries and resturants over all seemed like a thired of the shops were empty and some area need cleaning up. The rest of the city looked nice but not enough to stay over.
I loved the old Hispanic feel, boutiques and photo opps, crafts, and shaded porches and patios of Old Town. I'd suggest more entertainment available to bring people in - but the daily Bolivian ensemble was great. Safe to walk around days, and near the other museums for a family break.
We asked and were told about a good Mexican food restaurant in old town Albuquerque. We thought we'd try it. We are a family of 5 and it was a little pricey. My son and I shared a meal and my wife and one of my daughters shared a meal. So you'd think we would get out fairly cheap. We ate our chips/salsa and finished our drinks before our meal arrived. The waiter walked by our table a couple of times and completely ignored us and the empty glasses/bowls. We placed them at the end of the table to make them all more visible to the waiter. We were still ignored like we didn't even exist. I got up and went over to the waiter and asked if we could have some refills of pop/chips/salsa. He said, "sure". When we got our ticket, we had been charged for every REFILL. Our bill was over $50 which I complained about. We ate at 3/4 Mexican food restaurants and all charged for refills. It isn't like that in Oklahoma, ANYWHERE that I know of!!!
I'LL NEVER EAT MEXICAN FOOD AGAIN IN New Mexico without making sure that there are free refills.
Old Town has a wide variety of shops for every budget (I especially liked the Angel Store), a pleasant plaza and a beautiful old church. There are a number of museums within walking distance. I didn't try any of the restaraunts, but there seem to be plenty of them and the food smelled wonderful. The area was rather crowded when I was there, but that might have been because my visit accidentally coincided with the International Balloon Festival. I will certainly go back if I find myself in Albuquerque again.
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