Albuquerque’s Historic Old Town might be 315 years old, but that doesn’t mean there aren't plenty of new offerings in the neighborhood. Whether you’ve been many times before, are local to the city or are visiting for your first time, there has never been a better time to discover (or rediscover) the magic of Old Town.
While still retaining its beloved charm, Old Town feels new again with brand-new places to eat and drink, improved spaces for events, refreshed shops and exciting tours.
We’ve rounded up a list of all the new spots and exciting experiences you can find in Old Town right now.
The Taproom at Old Town Opens
Old Town’s first taproom is officially serving guests. This long-awaited addition to the neighborhood, brought to Old Town by the owners of Palmer Brewery and Cider House and Left Turn Distilling, serves craft cocktails and local brews as well as Asian-inspired cuisine from Kitsune. Check out some of the delicious eats right here.
eBike Tours & Rentals Now Offered in Old Town
Old Town has always been a great place to explore on two wheels, but now you can jump on an electric bicycle. Free-to-Roam eBiking offers both guided tours and open rentals. Bikes are available in Old Town at Bike In Coffee, 949 Montoya St. NW. From there, you can explore the neighborhood, ride along the 16-mile paved Bosque multi-use trail or cruise over to the ABQ BioPark – including Tingley Beach, Botanic Garden, the Aquarium and the Zoo.
New Mexico Artisan Market Showcases Local Artisans and Makers
The New Mexico Artisan Market, featuring more than 70 unique, local merchants, is open for business in the Sawmill District, just outside Historic Old Town. Conveniently located at Sawmill Market or at Spur Line Supply Co., you can now shop this market seasonally. Shop now through October 31, 2021 at Sawmill Market and keep an eye out for more details on the upcoming holiday market at Spur Line Supply Co. at nmartisanmarket.com.
New Shopping, Dining and Imbibing at Plaza Don Luis
Plaza Don Luis is an old favorite with a new life in Old Town. Recently renovated and now home to local wineries, a brewery, locally owned retailers and host to a number of exciting events, Plaza Don Luis is a perfect spot to experience what Old Town has to offer. Shopping options here include modern gift shop Luna + Luz, lifestyle recreation retailer Happy Hiker, Lapis Room art gallery and pH Bar spa and salon, while places to eat and drink include wine-tasting rooms from Noisy Water Winery and Sheehan Winery, Outpost Brewing and Taproom, Texas-style barbecue joint Fat T’s BBQ, Flying Roadrunner Bakery and others. Learn about the new vendors and renovations here.
The Nizhóní Soap Company Infuses Navajo Traditions with New Business
A new soap shop with an inspiring story has opened in Historic Old Town. Kamia Begay, a Navajo teenager, has brought her passion for soap making to Old Town with the Nizhóní Soap Company, which she started with her parents. Nizhó Ní means beautiful in Navajo, and Begay says she ties her culture into her soap making with the infusion of herbs like Navajo tea, sage, yucca and more. The shop is located at 2021 Old Town Road, Suite D, and offers more than just soap. Learn more about the products and the story behind the business a nizhonisoaps.com.
And, while you’re in Old Town, don’t forget to stop by the Visit Albuquerque Visitor Information Center at 522 Romero St. NW, for information on all the best things to do in Albuquerque.