The historic Nob Hill area along Central Avenue (Route 66) in Albuquerque's university area is home to a recently revitalized community of local boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Some local favorites include Papers!, a stationary and art supply store, Beeps, a novelty gift store, and the Flying Saucer, one of the city's best coffee shop cafes. Visitors to the area will also find plenty of antique shopping, bookstores, and specialty shops selling everything from yarn to groceries. Many of the local restaurants and bars host live music events, and each year in December, the district puts on a Shop & Stroll holiday entertainment event.
Whether looking for collector quality Native American arts and crafts or Route 66 souvenirs, you can find it all under one roof. Be sure to look down at the tile work in the entryway when you visit because those are real silver dollars. This store has one of the largest inventories in town of Kachina Dolls. Each doll is handmade by native artists and no two are identical. The glass cases are filled with Native American jewelry in many styles and designs. Colorful Navajo rugs show off the talents of creative local artists, and Route 66 memorabilia adorns the counter tops.
This trendy boutique is owned by local artists and all of the products are created by local artists and designers, including cute clothing, funky accessories, and interesting nicknacks. You'll find colorful eccentric products that have a youthful edge. Along with handmade creations, you'll also find a selection of vintage items. If you really like their designs sign up for one of their classes where you can learn to create handmade items.
Bookworks is a bookstore with an excellent selection, but it is also much, much more. Somehow this small independent store manages to sell almost anything you might be after, while remaining cozy and manageable. There are quality notebooks, calendars, diaries, day planners, cards, magazines, fridge magnets, mugs and humorous gifts. A unique selection of CDs are stocked, and concert tickets may be purchased in advance here, often cheaper than at the door. Both famous and unknown authors regularly hold readings, signings and question and answer sessions. A fire burns in the fireplace throughout the winter and store encourages the visitor to linger and browse.
ABQ Uptown brought an upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment experience to Northeastern Albuquerque. This area includes urban loft apartments, several restaurants, a Trader Joe's grocery store, and retail favorites like Anthropologie, Coldwater Creek, MAC Cosmetics, Apple, and Pottery Barn. The pleasant landscaping of the area also makes it a nice place to stroll when the weather is warm, and with an underground parking garage right beneath the shopping area, you shouldn't have to walk far when it's cold out. Moreover, you can spot ABQ Uptown by the big neon "Q" sign at the corner of Uptown and Q Street.
You will find a treasure chest full of traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry at Bien Mur Indian Market Center store. Owned by the Sandia Pueblo, this shop is full of exquisite works of art that comes directly from the Indian artists to this market. The pottery, Kachinas, rugs and fetishes are masterfully created and designed with respect to the rich, traditional pueblo influence. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful in insuring customer's satisfaction in quality and service.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better cycle store than Two Wheel Drive. Established in 1982, they offer excellent range of bikes, suitable for all occasions. The award-winning store is known for stashing top notch brands like Kona, Bianchi, Surly, Seven and Wiz Wheelz among many others. Apart from specializing in sales, they also offer services and repairs for your cycles. The staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful. The shop has been garnered with lavish accolades and has won the prestigious Best Bicycle Shop award from Best of Burque in 2013.
It's a mystery how the Thai House Restaurant stays in business, given that it is always far from bursting with customers, but it does provide good food at reasonable prices in the pedestrian-friendly University area. So if you don't fancy making the trek up to the Southeast Heights where most of the competition is located, or if you want to take away rather than to linger over a romantic meal, this is a decent option. Thai House also sells cards, incense, soap, tea cups, jewelry, hair accessories, and handicrafts. - Pip Lustgarten
Established in 1972, The Bike Coop is a cycle shop located in the Midtown neighborhood. They have a host of cycles for various occasions; be it a recreational tour or a mountain biking activity, they have cycles for everyone. Apart from the bikes, they also have a good collection of accessories like tubes, lights, helmets and apparel for cycling enthusiasts. They also offer repair and maintenance services.
The narrow aisles and hodgepodge stacks of used books in this store may seem cluttered but if you are looking for a particular title, author or subject, the owner can walk you straight to it. The store has been in the same location across from the University of New Mexico for over 30 years and regular customers bring in boxes of books to trade for others. The shop has acquired hundreds of collectors' books and some valuable antiques.
Have a blast here putting together and enhancing your own distinctive style. Buffalo Exchange is a bright store, great for browsing through the shelves, walls and cases full of eclectic merchandise where customers can buy, sell and trade goods. Old Route 66 is the perfect location for this clean and friendly emporium. Vintage clothing and foot wear for men, women and children is available. You can get clogs and Beatle boots to high top sneakers, waffle-stompers and smart wing-tips. Soaps, incense, candles, games and gadgets fill the storefront tables in addition to chic, inexpensive jewelry.