Old Town Albuquerque is the founding village of New Mexico’s largest city. Albuquerque is now an urban setting with tall modern buildings and attractions. If you’re looking for history, architecture and food, we invite you to experience Old Town Albuquerque! This historic district retains the city’s historic charm and distinctive culture. You’ll find some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, galleries, and historic buildings 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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some Old Town Albuquerque restaurants
Some of Old Town Albuquerque’s restaurants serve the rich local cuisine that is the very heart of the culture, while others offer more contemporary or ethnic fare. You’ll find a wide variety of cuisines and flavors to 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 delight, from veal scallopini or coconut-crusted lamb. The romantic ambiance and impeccable service make this location perfect for a date night. Antiquity is an Albuquerque favorite for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.Reservations are recommended. No dress code but “business casual: attire is appropriate, or even dressier if you like.
High Noon Restaurant and Saloon: High Noon Restaurant and Saloon is the place to go for a delicious, perfectly prepared steak. Look for the Plaza platter for a nice combination of traditional New Mexican dishes. High Noon also has more contemporary offerings with local seasonings and ingredients. Try their award-winning Red Chile Beef Bites and their margaritas! High Noon is in one of the oldest buildings in Old Town and features a spacious main dining room with southwestern furnishings. Reservations are recommended, casual attire.
Monica’s El Portal: If you’re looking for authentic New Mexican food in Albuquerque, Monica’s El Portal is the place. Choose from a number of traditional dishes on their extensive menu, including enchiladas, tamales, tacos, burritos and huevos rancheros. There are also some non-New Mexican dishes on the menu for those who are looking for more familiar food. Casual attire.
some of Old Town Albuquerque’s shops
There are many Old Town Albuquerque shops that are a treat to browse! Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, a piece of art, or the next addition to your wardrobe, you’ll be sure to find just what you need. Here are some local shops that we highly recommend:
Old Town Emporium: You can spend hours and hours in Old Town Emporium looking at awesome leather hats and musical clocks. They have a wide selection of affordable souvenirs and collectibles. Take home smaller items in your suitcase, like New Mexico Pinion Coffee, Route 66 memorabilia, and Christmas ornaments. Try unique jellies and jams, New Mexican spices and T-shirts.
David Behrens Gallery: David is an amazing artist whose work, once known, is immediately recognizable. He has painted many works on Native American themes, as well as commissioned work for the Alamo and others. His juxtaposition of American founding fathers with Native American founding fathers invites a new perspective and awareness. If you can’t take home one of his large framed works, consider a print, t-shirt, tile or mug to remember his beautiful work.
Nikki Zabicki’s: This eclectic shop carries art, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and more that have been created by talented local artisans. Purchase some beautiful jewelry or a cheery screen-printed tea towel!
Old Town Albuquerque events
If you want to experience Old Town Albuquerque like a local, attending an annual event is a must! This a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of New Mexico. Attending Old Town Albuquerque events creates 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:
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 lighting the giant Christmas tree, live music, telling your Christmas wishes to Santa, and lots of holiday cheer.
Albuquerque’s birthday celebration (April): It’s Albuquerque’s birthday! Enjoy a variety of activities such as the parade of the founding families, live entertainment, free children’s activities, artist demonstrations, and plenty of food to go around.
San Felipe de Neri Church Fiestas (June): Originally it started several centuries ago as the celebration of the church’s patron saint, San Felipe. Today it has expanded to a multi-day party with entertainment, food booths, and games and carnival rides.
You never know what you’ll see in Old Town. Enjoy the Summertime in Old Town concert series, and expect to see weddings on the gazebo. The Albuquerque Tango Club dances on Sunday evenings in the summer.
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 travelers. We provide comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality. You’ll also enjoy a warm, delicious breakfast served first thing in the morning. 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 the 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 selection of vacation packages and specials is the perfect way to enhance your experience with us. Add flowers or truffles when you make your reservation. Find the one that best fits your style and budget and don’t forget to make your reservations today!