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Top Choice Museum in Albuquerque

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Collectively run by New Mexico's 19 Pueblos, this cultural center is an essential stop-off during even the shortest Albuquerque visit. The museum downstairs holds fascinating displays on the Pueblos’ collective hist…
Top Choice Museum in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

With a great Albuquerque history gallery that's imaginative, interactive and easy to digest, as well as a permanent New Mexico art collection that extends to 20th-century masterpieces from Taos, this showpiece museu…
Top Choice Museum in Albuquerque

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Dinosaur-mad kids are certain to love this huge modern museum, on the northeastern fringes of Old Town. From the T Rex in the main atrium onwards, it’s crammed with ferocious ancient beasts. The emphasis throughout …
Top Choice Mexican in Albuquerque

Pop Fizz

These all-natural paletas (popsicles) straight-up rock: cool off with flavors such as cucumber chile lime, mango or pineapple habanero – or perhaps you'd rather splurge on a cinnamon-churro ice-cream taco? Not to be…
Top Choice Bakery in Albuquerque

Golden Crown Panaderia

Who doesn’t love a friendly neighborhood cafe-bakery? Especially one in a cozy old adobe, with gracious staff, oven-fresh bread and pizza (with green chile or blue-corn crusts), fruity empanadas, smooth espresso cof…
Top Choice Balloon in Albuquerque

International Balloon Fiesta

The largest balloon festival in the world. You simply haven't lived until you've seen a three-story-tall Tony the Tiger land in your hotel courtyard, and that’s exactly the sort of thing that happens during the fest…
Top Choice Museum in Albuquerque

American International Rattlesnake Museum

Anyone charmed by snakes and all things slithery will find this museum fascinating; for ophidiophobes, it’s a complete nightmare, filled with the world’s largest collection of different rattlesnake species. You’ll a…
Top Choice Modern American in Albuquerque

Artichoke Cafe

Elegant and unpretentious, this popular bistro prepares creative gourmet cuisine with panache and is always high on foodies’ lists of Albuquerque’s best. It’s on the eastern edge of downtown, between the bus station…
Top Choice Bar in Albuquerque


An excellent spot for a game of pool, Anodyne is a huge space with book-lined walls, wood ceilings, plenty of overstuffed chairs, more than 100 bottled beers and great people-watching on Central Ave.
Top Choice Brewery in Albuquerque

Marble Brewery

Popular downtown brewpub, attached to its namesake brewery, with a snug interior for winter nights and a beer garden where local bands play early-evening gigs in summer. Be sure to try its Red Ale.