Albuquerque anyone?

  1. Is anyone here familiar with Albuquerque, NM? My boyfriend is working out there for the rest of the year, and I want to know if there's any good shopping to be done while I visit? Lucky used to do city guides on their sites, but they've lost that link in that redesign, and I don't know where else to look. Google isn't turning up much..
  2. I used to live in Albuquerque. There's no designer boutiques there, such as LV, Chanel, etc. It has 3 malls plus Old Town....there's some little boutiques there that specialize in more of southwestern wear. It's a nice city...somewhat quaint. LOVE the food!!!! I went to the university there and miss it a lot.
  3. I've been to Santa Fe, which is pretty close to Albuquerque. Awesome shopping there! Highly recommend it!
  4. I lived in ABQ for 20 years and go back about twice a year to see my family. There's not really any designer stuff for shopping, but depending on what you like, there's plenty of little stores to go to. Nob Hill has some interesting places as does old town Albuquerque (some gorgeous jewelry that's not uber expensive). There are two major malls (Cottonwood and Coronado) and they just redid the former third mall into an "urban community". I haven't been to it since they've redone it, so I have no idea what kind of shopping still remains there or if it can still even be considered a "mall".

    There's plenty of other stuff to do there. Feel free to PM me with some of your interests and about when you're going and I can give you some other ideas.
  5. Shops like Cusp, Blue Mercury or Muleh in DC are the kind of shopping I prefer. I was in DC a few weeks ago and was surprised at how much the shopping along Georgetown has changed. There wasn't a Co-Op there when I was living in DC, but I'm not complaining! It doesn't have to be a big designer, I prefer unique pieces that I'm not likely to see on many people.

    I plan to spend some time in Old Town if it's in walking distance (I won't be driving and I'll feel like a tool if I make my boyfriends assistants drive me around) and might try to navigate the public transportation. Someone had told me about the malls there, and I heard about a tram that takes you up into the mountains? When I travel I like to do what the locals do, just kind of soaking up the vibe.
  6. I go to Santa Fe at least twice a year because I love it there.
    No mall type shopping there really but lots of cute boutique type stores.
    Be sure to see Old Town Abq, and get up to Santa Fe if you can, it's an hour north.
    Watch out for the green chile!
  7. What area of town are you staying in? And public transit it seriously unreliable in Albuquerque. :tdown: I would highly recommend a car if you can swing it. There are not a lot of cabs and the buses are inadequate.

    There is a tram that goes up to the top of Sandia peak. It is a GORGEOUS ride. Also, if you do wind up with a car, you can go see the 7 sisters and the petroglyphs on the west side. The 7 sisters are seven extinct volcanoes on the mesa and it's quite beautiful up there.

    Also, if you have a car, you can do some day trips to Santa Fe, Madrid, up into the foothills, reservations, etc. and if you're a gambler, there are a couple casinos in the area run by different tribes.

    If you're going around Christmas, old town is gorgeous. There is also a luminaria tour you can take. From what I hear, it's gotten quite competitive in the past years. The botanic gardens also do a festival of light that's rather pretty (dress warmly, it's usually freezing).