Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Old Town's hours of operation?
Old Town is made up of individually owned and operated businesses. Each merchant determines their own days and hours of operation. As a general rule, most businesses are open: Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pmMost Restaurants seat until 9:00pm
2. Where can we park?
There is limited free, two hour, parking on all the streets in the Old Town area. There are also numerous city owned and privately owned paid parking lots. Prices range from $ 1.00 to $6.00, depending on the length of time you park. (There are no change machines available, so be sure to bring some small bills or quarters.)
3. Where can I find a map of Old Town?
There is a map of the Old Town area available to download and print on this website (under the “location” tab on the top left of each page.) The Visitor Information center, has maps available inside for free, just ask.
4. Where is the Visitors Information Center located?
The visitor’s information center is located in Plaza Don Louis at 303 Romero Street NW – Albuquerque, NM 87104. Open 7 days a week. Operating hours are: May 1st to October 31st - 10am to 6pm / November 1st to April 30th – 10am to 5pm.
5. Is the Old Town area handicap accessible?
Yes. There is handicap parking available on the streets and most shops have accessible entrances. However, Old Town is a historic area and some of the old buildings do not have handicap accessible entrances.
6. Are there public restrooms in the Old Town area?
The public restrooms are located at Plaza Don Luis at 303 Romero Street NW.
7. Where can we eat in Old Town?
When in New Mexico, eat like a New Mexican! There are over one dozen restaurants and cafes serving everything from traditional New Mexican food to a pizzeria plus everything in between. Most restaurants are open for breakfast and lunch and seat for dinner until 9:00pm.
8. How can my Band, Group or Organization wants to use the Old Town Plaza for our event?
The Old Town Plaza is available for rent for your special event. Contact the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department at: (505) 768-3561 or via email at: jdechamplon@cabq. gov
9. How can I sell my products on the Old Town Plaza?
The Portal Vendor program is managed by the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department at: (505) 768-3561 or via email at: jdechamplon@cabq. gov
10. How can I perform in Old Town?
The Busker and Entertainment program is managed by the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department at: (505) 768-3561 or via email at: jdechamplon@cabq. gov
11. What is there to do besides shop in Old Town?
There are many things to do in the area besides shop! The old historic San Felipe de Neri Church is usually open to visitors. There are five museums located within walking distance to the Old Town area: The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, The Turquoise Museum, The Rattlesnake Museum as well as Explora Science Center. There are several guided historical tours that you can take at any time of day, or for brave souls, a nightly ghost tour. There is also a trolley that gives tours of the surrounding areas. There is often live entertainment on the Plaza on Wednesday through Sunday throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall brought to you by the Cultural Services Department of the City of Albuquerque.
12. What public transportation is there to get to Old Town?
The City's RAPID RIDE provides public transportation to Old Town (Red Line #766 & Blue Line #790)
13. Is there an ATM in the area?
There are several cash machines available in Old Town. (At Crave Ice Cream, The Covered Wagon and at Wild West T-Shirts & Gifts.)