Shopping in Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town Albuquerque is home to over 150 shops, boutiques, and galleries featuring everything from popular souvenir trinkets to genuine southwestern jewelry. This ten block historic district, situated around a central brick plaza in the heart of Albuquerque, consists of Spanish colonial style homes and buildings dating back to 1706 that have been converted into a unique shopping experience for those visiting this historic southwest town.
Exhibiting the feel of a general store or old time trading post, several Old Town shops offer Native American wares, including kachinas, baskets, weavings, silverwork, and beadwork. A growing local fine arts revival also features ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and photography, as well as other handcrafted items.
Similarly, boutiques offering home furnishing and décor with a southwest flair appeal to visitors and locals alike. Styles range from vintage to contemporary and even a little bit of kitsch, and offer a variety of items including pottery, dishes, table linens, pillows, rugs, furniture, and wall art.
In keeping with the southwest's reputation for fine jewelry, Old Town features a wide selection of jewelry stores exhibiting authentic Native crafted rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and bolo ties. While silver and turquoise are popular options, hand blown glass beads, lapis, onyx, and traditional wampum shell beads, also, offer aesthetic flair.
A handful of antique shops offer wares reflective of Old Town's southwest culture. Featuring folk art and classic antiques dating to the Spanish colonial era, as well as Victorian finds that stand out against the more recent rugged cowboy culture, there is sure to be a treasure for everyone.
In contrast, a dozen or so traditional souvenir stores catering to tourists pepper the Old Town Square. These emporium style shops offer t-shirts, Route 66 memorabilia, magnets, mugs, and other mementos that mark the modern vacation adventure.
Quaint bookstores specializing in New Mexico literature can also be found tucked among the quiet side streets of Old Town. With selections in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's stories, as well as regional guidebooks, there are sure to be stories, new and old, that will delight readers of all ages. Musical CDs featuring local and regional artists are also available, featuring both contemporary and traditional selections.
Christmas in Old Town, with its brick walkways lit by luminarias and reverberating with a mix of carolers and mariachi bands, can also be experienced year round at Old Town's one of a kind Christmas Shop. Specializing in southwest style ornaments, crèches, and decorations, the shop also features items representative of all winter holidays.
Additionally, over 30 specialty shops invite visitors to browse a variety of organic and fair trade products, ranging from locally made soaps, bath salts, and candles, to handmade wooden toys, kaleidoscopes, and create your own keepsakes. The world's largest selection of hot air balloon themed gifts is also available in Old Town, in honor of the world renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. and eateries.