Great eating just east of downtown Albuquerque

Stroll the shady blocks of this up-and-coming neighborhood, and get a taste of what's new in New Mexico

Ronni Lundy

See the neighborhood: The shaded blocks south of Central Avenue, along Edith Boule­vard, Walter Street, and Arno Street, are lined with cottonwoods, gardens, and tidy houses—all ideal for a wander. Take a break on the bench at 621 Walter Street Southeast.

Start the day right: The Daily Grind’s fresh raspberry scones are the best in town. Savor yours with a cup of java in one of the window nooks or the sweet Spanish courtyard out back. If you’re really hungry, get the migas breakfast (eggs, jalapeños, tomatoes, and tortilla chips). $; 414 Central Ave. S.E.; 505/883-8310.

Cool consignment shopping: Look for brands like Trina Turk, Marc Jacobs, and Prada at 2Time Couture, a consignment shop that would fit right in on L.A.’s Melrose Avenue. Husband in tow? The store has a comfy couch. 600 Central Ave. S.E.

The hot pizza joint in town: Farina Pizzeria & Wine Bar’s crisp pies are a knockout. We love the pepe caldo (hot pepper) pizza that’s topped with broccolini, ricotta, and caciocavallo, a Sicilian cheese. Save room for the butterscotch pudding with a hint of salt. $; 510 Central Ave. S.E.; 505/243-0130.

Take it home: Load up on hostess gifts or brunch fixings at the Grove Cafe & Market, which sells freshly baked English muffins, cupcakes (including an authentic red velvet), and locally made, organic Heidi’s Raspberry and Red Chile Jam. $; 600 Central Ave. S.E., Ste. A. 

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