Normally we skip attractions that feature “shopping” for two reasons.
First, traveling alone is expensive; we don’t have a lot of disposable income for much more than an occasional $5 ornament or a few 40-cent postcards. Second, most shopping areas are stocked with chain stores designed to extract the most from travelers and ship it back to their corporate offices. We want our money to go to the locals.
Old Town in Albuquerque is real, it’s local and it’s pretty sweet, containing hundreds of local shops of all shapes and sizes (and for all budgets).
There are ten blocks of Adobe-style storefronts featuring everything – standard souvenir fare, local and fine jewelry, folk and formal art galleries, restaurants, ice cream parlors and so much more.
We spent hours wandering the streets getting lost, window browsing and also buying a few local knick knacks to take with us – made in New Mexico of course.
It is a great way to spend an afternoon, and highly recommended. More information here.