As one of New Mexico’s largest cities, most parts of Albuquerque have conformed to the urban setting with tall modern buildings and attractions. If you’re looking for a place more traditional, we invite you to experience Old Town Albuquerque! This historic quarter maintains the city’s historic charm and Southwestern culture. Plus, you’ll find some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, and more in this area. Here is everything you need to know about Old Town Albuquerque and how to get the most out of your visit!
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Old Town Albuquerque Restaurants
Many of Old Town Albuquerque’s restaurants carry the rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity that is the very heart of the city. As you explore, you’ll find a wide variety of cuisines and flavors that will delight your palate. Here are some of our guests’ favorite local restaurants that we’re sure you’ll love:
Antiquity Restaurant: Even the pickiest of eaters will find something to indulge in, whether it be the veal scallopini or coconut-crusted lamb. The service is always impeccable and the romantic ambiance makes this location perfect for a date night.
High Noon Restaurant and Saloon: If you’re craving is a delicious, flavorful steak, High Noon Restaurant and Saloon is the place to be. The restaurant specializes in preparing great steaks and wild game. It is also located in one of the oldest buildings in Old Town and features a spacious main dining room with southwestern furnishings.
Backstreet Grill: Their extensive menu has a little something for everyone! Try the Old Town Street Tacos with barbacoa beef or the duck tacos with corn and black bean relish and mango mole sauce. Their dessert menu is also crave-worthy!
Old Town Albuquerque Shops
There are many Old Town Albuquerque shops that are a treat to browse! Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or the next addition to your wardrobe, you’ll be sure to find just what you need. Before embarking on your retail therapy journey, here are some local shops that we highly recommend:
Old Town Emporium: You can spend hours and hours in Old Town Emporium, perusing their countless gifts and products. They have a wide selection of affordable souvenirs and collectibles, including Route 66 memorabilia, Christmas ornaments, jellies and jams, Mexican dresses, spices, artwork, T-shirts, and so much more.
W!ld Moon Boutique: This charming shop carries clothing, accessories, jewelry, footwear, and more that have been created by talented local artisans. Purchase some beautiful turquoise Navajo jewelry or a gorgeous, colorfully-designed dress!
ABQ Uptown: For more mainstream shopping options, ABQ Uptown is the place to be! This upscale shopping center features a wide variety of your favorite stores including Apple, Chico’s, Banana Republic, and Anthropologie.
Old Town Albuquerque Events
If you want to experience Old Town Albuquerque like a local, attending an annual event is a must! Not only is this a great opportunity to immerse in the culture of the Southwest, but attending the Old Town Albuquerque events create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come. If you’ll be staying with us soon, here are just some of the best upcoming events that we’re sure you’ll love:
Salsa Fiesta (September): Contestants will prepare their own salsa right on site before you browse around and taste them all. Free children’s activities and live music will also be available throughout the day.
Old Town Holiday Stroll (December): Kickstart the holiday season at this highly anticipated event! There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy including meetings with Santa, live music, and holiday cheer.
Fiestas de Albuquerque (April): It’s Albuquerque’s birthday! Visitors will enjoy a variety of activities such as live entertainment, free children’s activities, artist demonstrations, and plenty of food to go around.
Where to Stay in Old Town Albuquerque
While there are many options for places to stay in Albuquerque, true memories are made when you forgo the typical hotels and opt for a unique experience. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town offers just that! Our historic bed & breakfast, located in the heart of Old Town, is a favorite for traveling couples, and for good reason! We provide comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality. You’ll also enjoy a warm, delicious breakfast served first thing in the morning that to start your day off right. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our cozy inn. It’s everything you need and more to make memories that will last a lifetime!
Add Something Extra Special to Your Stay at Bottger Mansion of Old Town
Whether you want to treat your sweetheart to an extra special surprise or simply treat yourself, we’ve got you covered! Our wide selection of vacation packages and specials are the perfect way to enhance your experience with us. Find the one that best fits your style and budget and don’t forget to make your reservations today!