Historic Nob Hill

Nob Hill is a vibrant district with eclectic shops, swanky dining and chic nightspots. Its Route 66 architecture and neon signs, combined with predominantly locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants, make Nob Hill a hip and fashionable area.

At a Glance: Nob Hill

Distance from Airport: 4.1 miles/6.6 kilometers

Activities: Boutique & upscale shopping, dining, art galleries, nightlife 

Highlights: Historic Route 66

Central Avenue became part of Route 66 in 1937, along the trajectory from Chicago to Los Angeles. Back then, Nob Hill was a burgeoning suburb of Albuquerque's downtown area, which was only a few miles west. Located just east of the University of New Mexico, Nob Hill spans a mile-long stretch of Central Avenue and is marked on either end by neon arches. This lively district is bursting with activity, from food to arts to nightlife and student life.

When it was new, the neighborhood was anchored by the Nob Hill Shopping Center. The neighborhood that grew around the shopping center came of age during the neon-splashed middle of the century, and today new and old businesses alike share a commitment to the area's retro style. The Nob Hill Shopping Center was designed by noted architect Louis Hesselden; the design is a mixture of territorial revival and moderne elements. This National Register of Historic Places property is one of the best remaining examples of a 1940s automobile-oriented shopping center in America. Several of the original neon store signs and deco-inspired towers are still intact.

With its historic buildings, abundant neon and high style, Nob Hill is Albuquerque's premier district for unique shopping, dining and entertainment. It's a place that locals frequent and visitors love.

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THINGS TO DO IN NOB HILL

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EAT & DRINK IN NOB HILL

ABQ has an abundance of great restaurant options featuring our famous regional and traditional cuisine and more. Find places to eat and drink in Nob Hill!

GET AROUND NOB HILL

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SHOPPING IN NOB HILL

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PLACES TO STAY IN NOB HILL

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