It's hard to describe downtwn Albuquerque as an overnight success ― after all, people have lived here for at least 11,000 years, and the city itself is celebrating a tricentennial.
Still, urban planners now tout its revival as the fastest downtown turnaround anywhere in the country.
WHERE TO EAT
Artichoke Cafe and Wine Bar. A thoughtful wine list and the modern American cuisine made this a destination long before its EDo (East Downtown) neighborhood began a revival. $$$; 424 Central Ave. S.E.; 505/243-0200.
Flying Star Cafe. Casual and quick for pastas, salads, and sandwiches. $; 723 Silver Ave. S.W.; 505/244-8099.
Gold Street Caffè. A symbol of downtown's revival and a neighborhood gathering spot. $$; 218 Gold Ave. S.W.; 505/765-1633.
WHAT TO DO
Atomic Cantina. Local bar with terrific jukebox, live bands. 315 Gold S.W.; 505/242-2200.
Burt's Tiki Lounge. The Burque does tiki at this bar with live music. 313 Gold S.W.; 505/247-2878.
Downtown Contemporary Art Center. Closed Sun-Mon; 105 Fourth St. S.W.; 505/242-1983.
KiMo Theatre. Pueblo deco landmark offers gallery exhibits, stage shows, and self-guided tours. Lobby open Mon-Fri, call for performance info; 423 Central Ave. N.W.; www.cabq.gov/kimo or 505/768-3544.
National Hispanic Cultural Center. Innovative art and performances. Closed Mon; $3; 1701 Fourth S.W.; www.nhccnm.org or 505/246-2261.
Ruby Shoesday. Fashionable shoes, apparel, and accessories, beautifully arranged in an airy space. 228 Gold S.W.; 505/848-7829.