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Old Town Plaza Review
Tranquil, with the lovely 1793 San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church still presiding along the north side, Old Town Plaza is a pleasant place to sit on wrought-iron benches under shade trees. Roughly 200 shops, restaurants, cafés, galleries, and several cultural sites in placitas (small plazas) and lanes surround the plaza. During fiestas Old Town comes alive with mariachi bands and dancing señoritas; at Christmas time it is lit with luminarias. Mostly dating back to the late 1800s, styles from Queen Anne to Territorial and Pueblo Revival, and even Mediterranean, are apparent in the one- and two-story (almost all adobe) structures.An abundance of guided walks through Old Town are available ( Albuquerque Planner, Guided Tours).
Old Town Visitors Center. Event schedules and maps, which contain a list of public restrooms and many (but by no means all) Old Town shops and sights are available at the Old Town Visitors Center, an outpost of the Albuquerque CVB that's somewhat hidden in the rear of Plaza Don Luis (across the street from the San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church), near the back entrance of the Basket Shop. 303 Romero St. NW, 87104. 505/243–3215 or 800/284–2282. www.itsatrip.org. daily 9–4:30.
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