New Mexico is home to one of America's most cherished regional cuisines, so it's no surprise that food is one of the things that people remember most about a trip to Albuquerque. Some people say they moved here just to be closer to the source!
New Mexican cuisine is based on native ingredients such as corn, beans, squash and chiles, and it incorporates Mexican, Native American and Spanish flavors. Chile is always the most important element. In fact, our official state question is, "Red or green?" Both types of chile can instantly become a must-have, bringing visitors back year after year.
Beyond New Mexican cuisine, Albuquerque has a rich and diverse culinary scene. Albuquerque restaurants include sushi bars, pizzerias, Mexican taquerias and chic fine-dining establishments. If you find yourself thirstier than you are hungry, you can visit one of the area's wine bars or brewpubs and try some of our award-winning wines and beers.
Albuquerque nightlife includes an active downtown entertainment district, with live music every night. The city is also home to a vibrant symphony orchestra as well as popular theater, dance and comedy troupes. Four casinos are within a 25-minute drive of Downtown Albuquerque; they feature national touring acts as well as Vegas-style gaming environments. Whatever your tastes or pleasures, you'll find what you're looking for in Albuquerque.