- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site of the original city settlement). Anchored by the central plaza, Old Town's cobblestone streets pass brightly colored adobe huts than now house galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. The stunning Church of San Felipe de Neri—Albuquerque's oldest building—can also be found here.
Many visitors recommend spending a few hours wandering around Old Town, likening it to a less-crowded (and more affordable) Santa Fe. However, if you're heading to Old Town in search of Southwestern souvenirs, recent shoppers recommend watching out for knock-offs.
Old Town sits just west of downtown Albuquerque. It's free to explore, however, recent visitors warn that many of the shops close their doors fairly early in the evening, so plan your trip accordingly. For more information, check out Old Town's official website.