The shopping scene in Albuquerque is as vibrant as the food! With a variety of malls, shopping centers, and boutiques to choose from, the Duke City is the perfect place to give your credit card a major workout.
Here’s what we suggest to get the most out of your shopping trip:
– Go to Cottonwood Mall for more than just shopping
With four department stores and dozens of specialty stores, you’ll find just about anything you need at Cottonwood Mall — from clothes, to electronics, to sporting goods, to home goods. But in addition to giving your credit card a major workout, you can also have some family-friendly fun. That’s because Cottonwood is home to a trampoline park and a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course. Combine them with the nearly two dozen restaurants that are in and around the mall, and you could literally spend the entire day and evening here!
– Got to ABQ Uptown for upscale shopping
Located on Albuquerque’s northeastern side, ABQ Uptown has more than 220,000 square feet of higher-end clothing stores, home goods, specialty shops, and restaurants. Its open-air design is perfect for window shopping if the retailers are a bit beyond your budget, or if you’re looking for a fun place to walk around on date night.
As an added benefit, there’s a Trader Joe’s located right behind it. Or, if you’d rather have someone do the cooking for you, Marcello’s Chophouse — one of the locals’ favorites for celebrating a special occasion — is located here, too.
The only drawback to ABQ Uptown? The parking. The locals warn that you should be prepared to spend some time searching for a spot if you come at peak times.
– Stay inside at Coronado Center
If the open-air shopping experience doesn’t appeal to you, head across the street to Coronado Center. Inside, you’ll find five department stores, more than a dozen shoe stores, and nearly two dozen places to grab a bite to eat.
– Go see the development at Winrock Mall
When the Great Recession was in full swing, Winrock Mall was a ghost town. However, developers have spent years getting this mall back up to snuff. In fact, some longtime Albuquerque residents say it’s better now than it ever was!
These days, you’ll find Nordstrom Rack, Dave and Buster’s, an IMAX movie theater, and more. An area named “The Corner” will open in 2016, giving a home to 10 different retailers and restaurants.
– Skip the mall scene altogether
If you’d rather spend your money in a small, trendy boutique, Albuquerque will not disappoint! Most of them can be found in Nob Hill, and once you’re there, you’ll find a near-endless array of unique clothes and accessories.