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).
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Feb 1, 2006
Old Town is in fact where the Spanish settlement of Albquerque began 300 years ago. It is classic New Mexican Spanish Colonial architecture...a plaza surrounded by an adobe church and commercial establishments...now catering to the visitor. You'll find Pueblo Indians selling their jewelry under the portal on the east of the plaza and then there are high-end galleries, cafes, restaurants, and miscellaneous vendors throughout Old Town. Be sure to
get a map so you can navigate some of the hidden placitas...little plazas.