Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza and church surrounded by homes and businesses. Many of the historic homes are still standing and some have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants. Take a walk through history around Albuquerque's Old Town, the serene village that has been the focal point of community life since 1706. Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies await your discovery. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos beckon you to stop, relax in the shade, watch the world go by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine. Shopping in Old Town is a truly delightful experience. Unique items from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in more than 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios. When in New Mexico, eat like New Mexicans! Enjoy the spice & flair of our traditional cuisine at one of the dozen restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the All-American hamburger to fine Continental cuisine. For over three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. It is a Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town.