This historic section of Albuquerque sits at the heart of town, its Pueblo-style patios beckoning to be explored. What was once a simple grassy plaza has expanded into more than 150 unique shops, restaurants, and galleries. Many feature authentic crafts produced by local Native American tribes.
With original adobe buildings and Spanish colonial architecture, the area is undeniably beautiful and rich in Southwestern culture. Grounded in history (it was first settled by Spanish settlers in 1706,) there are also five museums in this part of town which tell the city’s story. The main plaza is centered around the San Felipe de Neri, an old church that has remained since 1793. You can plan your day around specific sights, or explore the brick paths and alleys that lead through the historic area. When in need of a break, you’ll find open-air patios and gardens dotted with intricate iron benches that are perfect for relaxing in the shade.
Old Town Albuquerque is located off of Highway I-40’s Rio Grande Blvd exit. From there head south to the entrance at Mountain Road. Free two hour public parking as well as paid parking is available.
The city’s Rapid Ride provides public transportation to the area. Though hours of operation range by individual business, most are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.