Albuquerque

Albuquerque's shopping strengths include a handful of cool retail districts, such as Nob Hill, Old Town, Downtown/EDo, and the North Valley. These are good neighborhoods for galleries; antiques; Native American arts; Old West finds and apparel; Mexican crafts; textiles, jewelry, pottery, glass, and other fine handicrafts by nationally acclaimed local artists; home-furnishing shops; bookstores; and offbeat gift shops. Indoor flea markets are quite popular all around town, and everyone knows that museum gift shops are always worth a look-see—Albuquerque’s are no exception.

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  • 1. Bookworks

    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

    This North Valley stalwart has been reviving readers' spirits for many a year in a cozy neighborhood setting. A committed independent seller, Bookworks fairly prides...

    This North Valley stalwart has been reviving readers' spirits for many a year in a cozy neighborhood setting. A committed independent seller, Bookworks fairly prides itself on service, and booklovers from all corners flock here for its fine stock of regional coffee-table books, a well-culled selection of modern fiction and nonfiction, architecture and design titles, well-chosen calendars and cards, and a (small) playground's worth of kids' books. Regular signings and readings draw some big guns to this compact treasure.

    4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107, USA
    505-344–8139
  • 2. Eldora Craft Chocolate

    Ramble north on this rural stretch of Edith Boulevard and your reward is not only a bit of Albuquerque history en route (the old Camino...

    Ramble north on this rural stretch of Edith Boulevard and your reward is not only a bit of Albuquerque history en route (the old Camino Real ran along Edith), but the unexpected wonder that is Eldora Chocolate. The actual chocolate making happens here, too, and the many shop's many awards attest to owner Steve Prickett’s attention to quality and the nuances of the chocolate bean. This is true artisanal chocolate—any aficionado is sure to learn something special about their 70% Tanzanian, say, and tastings are offered freely.

    8114 Edith Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87113, USA
    505-433–4076
  • 3. Grey Dog Trading/Zuni Fetish Museum

    Old Town

    This shop carries a very special selection of fetishes, along with kachina dolls, baskets, and a small grouping of vintage and contemporary Native American jewelry...

    This shop carries a very special selection of fetishes, along with kachina dolls, baskets, and a small grouping of vintage and contemporary Native American jewelry and pottery, for the beginning and seasoned collector. The shop's owner, Yvonne Stokes, is well respected in this field, and presents work from all 19 pueblos as well as Hopi and Navajo pieces. Changing exhibits focus on one tradition—stone carvers, for example—and hone in on the work of one artist and perhaps that of the artist's family as well. Gorgeous hand-carved Ye’i figures by contemporary Navajo artist Sheldon Harvey are here, as are his wonderful abstraction paintings. Enter the Zuni Fetish Museum from within the gallery; an unusually fine range of historic Zuni-crafted fetishes awaits, along with those by other Native artisans. Transitions in style and theme are well-documented here, as are trends in materials and form. Visits to both the store and the museum are by advance appointment only.

    1925 Old Town Rd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, USA
    505-243–0414
  • 4. Kei & Molly Textiles

    Nob Hill

    With joyful designs composed in the spirit of traditional woodblock prints, whimsical pure cotton flour-sack dish towels—and yardage, napkins, potholders, and more—roll off the silk-screen...

    With joyful designs composed in the spirit of traditional woodblock prints, whimsical pure cotton flour-sack dish towels—and yardage, napkins, potholders, and more—roll off the silk-screen presses here (don't miss their special misprint sales). While the perfectly soft and absorbent towel fabric is imported from Pakistan, the themes and attitude are purely local and New Mexico-inspired. View the printing process from their retail shop, where you will also find an irresistible selection of finely made hand-hewn products from other sustainably focused makers with keen eyes for design. The colorfully felted Flying Dragon children's mobiles (Nepal) are delightful, and the pewter animal magnets from Roofoos in Oregon are pretty cool too.

    4400 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87108, USA
    505-268–4400
  • 5. Old Town Antiques

    Old Town

    Take a moment in this neat and quiet shop to appreciate the very particular eye of its owner, Connie Fulwyler, who, while not at all...

    Take a moment in this neat and quiet shop to appreciate the very particular eye of its owner, Connie Fulwyler, who, while not at all intrusive, will gladly relay the backstory of any piece here. Her offerings center on 19th- and 20th-century art and history (Anglo, Mexican, and Native American), with a touch of "odd science" and politics: find a winsome piggy bank rendered in 1940s–50s Tlaquepaque glazeware, an original Harrison Begay gouache painting, vintage Taxco sombrero cufflinks, 1813 political engravings, early-20th-century Santo Domingo bowls, a Gilbert Atencio serigraph used for a menu cover, rare books and paper ephemera, and more.

    416 Romero St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, USA
    505-842–6657
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  • 6. The Farm Shop at Los Poblanos

    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

    A destination on its own, the wonderful Farm Shop at the renowned Los Poblanos Inn carries a distinctive selection of books, culinary gadgets, fine crafts...

    A destination on its own, the wonderful Farm Shop at the renowned Los Poblanos Inn carries a distinctive selection of books, culinary gadgets, fine crafts from local makers (jewelry, textiles, ceramics), the same soothing and perfectly scented lavender lotions and soaps found in the inn's guestrooms, and a considerable variety of artisan jams, vinegars, and sauces. For takeaway sustenance, the inn's Campo kitchen whips up crisply crusted breads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and cakes.

    4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107, USA
    505-938–2192
  • 7. Bien Mur Indian Market Center

    Northeast Heights

    The Sandia Pueblo-run Bien Mur Indian Market Center showcases regional Native American rugs, jewelry, and crafts of all kinds. It is a good place to...

    The Sandia Pueblo-run Bien Mur Indian Market Center showcases regional Native American rugs, jewelry, and crafts of all kinds. It is a good place to get familiar with the distinct styles found at each of the 19 pueblos here (as well as that by Diné, or Navajo, artists), and you can be certain about the authenticity of purchases made here as well.

    100 Bien Mur Dr. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87113, USA
    505-821–5400
  • 8. Casa Talavera

    Old Town

    Peruse a wide selection of hand-painted Mexican Talavera tiles at this Old Town stalwart that's been in business since 1977. Prices are reasonable, making the...

    Peruse a wide selection of hand-painted Mexican Talavera tiles at this Old Town stalwart that's been in business since 1977. Prices are reasonable, making the colorful geometrics, florals, mural patterns, and solids close to irresistible. Tin lighting fixtures as well as ceramic sink and cabinet knobs fill in the rest of the space in this DIY-inspiring shop (yes, they ship).

    621 Rio Grande Blvd., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, USA
    505-243–2413
  • 9. Cowboys & Indians Antiques

    Nob Hill

    Cowboys & Indians carries a serious selection of fine Native American and Western art and artifacts culled from the collections of sharp-eyed antiques dealers from...

    Cowboys & Indians carries a serious selection of fine Native American and Western art and artifacts culled from the collections of sharp-eyed antiques dealers from across the country. Set on the eastern fringe of Nob Hill, the door may be kept locked, but ring the bell—it's worth a browse when you are out this way.

    4000 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87108, USA
    505-255–4054
  • 10. El Vado Market

    Just across from the BioPark, shaded outdoor seating on El Vado Motel’s plaza is surrounded by a cluster of locally committed shopkeepers and food purveyors....

    Just across from the BioPark, shaded outdoor seating on El Vado Motel’s plaza is surrounded by a cluster of locally committed shopkeepers and food purveyors. A good meal option is Buen Provecho, inspired by Costa Rican traditional cooking, or enjoy a cerveza (beer) from the El Vado Taproom. Stroll just beyond the plaza to a cluster of local vendors on the complex's outer periphery (Southwest Cactus Shop has not only the expected succulents, but a well-selected range of southwest-themed hand-stamped cards, earrings, clever metal birds, and more), or a little further east on Central Avenue to Kaufman's Coffee & Bagels (freshly made on site) or Swan Song, a retro-ware recycler.

    2500 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, USA
    505-361–1667

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    Rate Includes: Buen Provecho closed Mon.; Southwest Cactus closed Mon. and Tues.; Kaufman Coffee & Bagels closed Tues.
  • 11. IMEC

    Nob Hill

    A sliver of a shop that feels like an art gallery, IMEC (International Metalsmith Exhibition Center) carries an unusual range of jewelry and craftwork by...

    A sliver of a shop that feels like an art gallery, IMEC (International Metalsmith Exhibition Center) carries an unusual range of jewelry and craftwork by a nationally renowned group of metal and glass artisans. Many are New Mexico based, like Luis Mojica, who does stunning work in sterling, resin, and mother-of-pearl, and Mary Kanda, whose intricate glass-bead pieces are richly colored.

    101 Amherst Dr. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106, USA
    505-265–8352
  • 12. La Parada

    North Valley

    Exploring the farther reaches of the rural North Valley takes you past small adobe antique shops and mom-and-pop-type finds, but then there is the unexpected...

    Exploring the farther reaches of the rural North Valley takes you past small adobe antique shops and mom-and-pop-type finds, but then there is the unexpected two-story stack of 1800s-vintage terrone block that forms the colorfully inviting La Parada. Inside, its longtime owner shows a keen eye for crafts from across the Americas (fantastic Haitian tin work made from recycled oil drums, charming blue-and-white painted D’Casa pottery from Guadalajara) and around the globe. All show the artists’ hands, as does the outstanding selection of vintage ties, handkerchiefs, and linens for sale.

    8917 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87114, USA
    505-897–8203
  • 13. Mariposa Gallery

    Nob Hill

    Contemporary fine crafts, including jewelry, sculptural glass, ceramics, and fiber arts can be found at this longtime Albuquerque gallery. In town since 1974, a smart...

    Contemporary fine crafts, including jewelry, sculptural glass, ceramics, and fiber arts can be found at this longtime Albuquerque gallery. In town since 1974, a smart and changing selection of high-quality wares by local artisans has been a constant. Special exhibits focus on established artists (such as extraordinary mixed-media metalwork by Cynthia Cook and provocative pieces by collagist Suzanne Sbarge) and worthy newcomers.

    3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106, USA
    505-268–6828
  • 14. Page 1 Books

    Northeast Heights

    One of the city's best independent bookstores, Page 1 is a singular find for its mix of rare and used books shelved to entice the...

    One of the city's best independent bookstores, Page 1 is a singular find for its mix of rare and used books shelved to entice the serious browser, while also offering a deep selection of literature, fiction and nonfiction, print ephemera, books for kids, and gifts for the book lover. Count on astute staff recommendations, as well as a regular roster of book signings, poetry readings, and children's events.

    5850 Eubank Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87111, USA
    505-294–2026
  • 15. Santisima

    Meeting Johnny Salas, Santisima’s spirited owner, is part of the fun of visiting this Old Town shop. It sells mostly artwork and objects that celebrate...

    Meeting Johnny Salas, Santisima’s spirited owner, is part of the fun of visiting this Old Town shop. It sells mostly artwork and objects that celebrate New Mexican santos traditions and Día de los Muertos across the globe.

    328 San Felipe St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, USA
    505-246–2611
  • 16. Theobroma Chocolatier

    Northeast Heights

    Out by the Sandia foothills, Theobroma Chocolatier carries beautiful, handcrafted, high-quality chocolates, truffles, and candies (most of them made on the premises)....

    Out by the Sandia foothills, Theobroma Chocolatier carries beautiful, handcrafted, high-quality chocolates, truffles, and candies (most of them made on the premises).

    12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87111, USA
    505-293–6545
  • 17. The A Store

    University of New Mexico | Household Items/Furniture
    Closed Permanently

    The A Store is a Nob Hill stop for a deftly curated group of modernist housewares, furniture, and jewelry, as well as a full line of Kiehl's...

    The A Store is a Nob Hill stop for a deftly curated group of modernist housewares, furniture, and jewelry, as well as a full line of Kiehl's custom body products.

    3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106, USA
    505-266–2222
  • 18. Beeps

    Nob Hill | Souvenirs
    Closed Permanently

    Beeps, a Nob Hill favorite, carries cards (including a nice letterpress selection), stylish personal accessories, some well-chosen gift books...

    Beeps, a Nob Hill favorite, carries cards (including a nice letterpress selection), stylish personal accessories, some well-chosen gift books, and amusing retro novelties.

    Nob Hill Shopping Center, 3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106, USA
    505-262–1900
  • 19. Central Features Contemporary Art

    Downtown
    Closed Permanently

    Enter this brightly lit gallery space and be wowed by the very smart, obviously thoughtful selection of works presented by the excellent and particular eye...

    Enter this brightly lit gallery space and be wowed by the very smart, obviously thoughtful selection of works presented by the excellent and particular eye of founder Nancy Zastudil. Known for topical themes, the contemporary work shown here—often large scale—is carefully placed to immerse the viewer, as the artist intended. Environmentally informed drawings by Nina Elder, the fabulously colored real/surreal paintings of Jennifer Nehrbass, and provocative 3-D pieces by Corey Pickett that explore current gun laws are typical of the exhibitions that make a visit here worthwhile.

    514 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102, USA
    505-252–9983
  • 20. El Paso Import Co.

    University of New Mexico
    Closed Permanently

    A branch of a popular regional chain, El Paso Import Co. carries distressed and "peely-paint" antique-looking chests and tables loaded with character. If you love...

    A branch of a popular regional chain, El Paso Import Co. carries distressed and "peely-paint" antique-looking chests and tables loaded with character. If you love the shabby-chic look, head to this Nob Hill furniture shop.

    3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106, USA
    505-265–1160

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