Take a step back in time and visit the Old West. Old Town has been a tourist attraction for over 60 years and for good reason. There are galleries, shops, churches, museums and restaurants to please everyone in the family.
Local Navajo Indians sell their turquoise jewelry and other wares on the sidewalks, San Felipe Church has services on the weekends and daily tours, the Candy Lady sells various 'dirty' chocolates and there are several restaurants that offer classic New Mexican dishes. Shopping includes, Navajo pottery, handmade silver and turquoise jewelry, sculptures, ironworks, furniture, textiles, cowboy boots, hand woven baskets and blankets, hand blown glass, leather goods, ceramics, artwork, the list goes on. You could spend 2 whole days here and still not go into every shop. There’s something new down every little side street.
One of my favorite things to eat is fry bread. Sweet puffed pastry covered in honey and powdered sugar! To die for! You have to try one of the 'Navajo tacos' at Frybread Mamas. YUMMY! And it’s inexpensive, that’s the best part! High Noon is a popular place to have lunch and is rather touristy and Maria Theresa is very expensive, but the best enchiladas and huevos rancheros are at Little Anita’s. it’s off the main square and more locals eat there than the other places in the square. Also off the main drag is the Candy Lady. She makes her own candy and cakes and is known for her ‘adult’ line, great for bachelor or bachelorette parties. There are several snack shops along the streets selling ice cream, sandwiches, and the like. Mariachi bands play in the main square on the weekends. If you're too full to walk after lunch, there are horse and carriage rides available.
Parking is somewhat limited, so watch the signs, or you'll get a parking ticket. Don’t park on the residential streets.
The best time of year to visit Old Town is at Christmas. They line the main plaza and sidewalks with luminarias and light them at night. It’s a really gorgeous picture op. See my attached picture.
For more info, visit, www.oldtownalbuquerque.com