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Things to do in Albuquerque

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighbourhood
“The Uptown area encompasses a major business center as well as EXPO New Mexico and two of Albuquerque’s main shopping malls. EXPO New Mexico is home to the New Mexico State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country. During the year it is a popular venue for sporting events, festivals and concerts. Coronado Center and ABQ Uptown feature a wide range of shopping opportunities, including local shops and national department stores.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great place to walk and shop and try a new restaurant! Lots of amazing stores! Target is across the street and another mall, Coronado Mall, is across Louisiana. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a national repository of nuclear science information the nation's only congressionally chartered museum in its field.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is a very nice outdoor shopping area, there are clothing stores, restaurants, a North Face outdoor store, an Apple store and quite a variety of other shops. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cinema
“Close to Uptown, first run movies, IMAX. Uptown has lots of shopping, Apple Store, Trader Joe's, and restaurants.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Local fav, they do have 2 locations but this is the more original location. The Queso dip is great here.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great stores: Nordstrom Rack, DSW, & Dillard's. Regal Cinemas IMAX Theatre, popular restaurants (Garduno's Mexican Restaurant, Red Robin, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“If your looking for foods from around the world, fresh fish, and fruit you won’t find at other grocers, go to Talin. I hear they also sell an excellent banh mi sandwich.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“This is basically an arcade/restaurant for adults. I've never been there but people who have, say they've enjoyed it. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Arcade
“A great place to ride bumper boats, play mini golf, have fun with arcade games and have some amazing family fun! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cinema
“Luxury seating in a nice theater. Can reserve seats online in advance. Reclining seats, self-serve popcorn and sodas.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“They are a staple in New Mexico and have great pizza and subs (with green chile, of course). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Fruit & Vegetable Store
“Specialty chain offering a range of natural & organic grocery items (most carry beer & wine). 24 mins from house.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“It's a bar, it's a nightclub, it's a comedy joint, and it's a music venue! Patrons request and dedicate songs. Singing along is part of the experience. So much fun and laughter. This is an absolute GREAT time. HINT: they do not serve food but allow you to order food to be delivered or bring your own.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Electronics Store
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“This is an auto mall area with a Target and a Mac store if you need those things. Otherwise, Menaul is a thrift store mecca to last for days.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“Super cute breakfast place, and close enough to walk to! They have the best breakfast burritos and other classic New Mexican style foods. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Local fav, they do have 2 locations but this is the more original location. The Queso dip is great here.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“This is basically an arcade/restaurant for adults. I've never been there but people who have, say they've enjoyed it. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They are a staple in New Mexico and have great pizza and subs (with green chile, of course). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Super cute breakfast place, and close enough to walk to! They have the best breakfast burritos and other classic New Mexican style foods. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Some Breaking Bad scenes were filmed here! Get the Huevos Rancheros. Yummy!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Locally owned, within walking distance, outside patio, dog-friendly, good Irish food.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Always packed because it’s by far one of the best restaurants in town. Try the rare steak pho, the green curry, or the combo clay pot, then cool down with a Thai tea, and finish off the meal with mango sticky rice! They have hilarious shirts for sale here too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Great diner with classic car shows that occur on set weekends each month. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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