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29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Albuquerque is in New Mexico and is the most populous city of the US State. Know these 29 things before you move in Albuquerque.

Sam Bertken

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1. Everyone Misses Walter White

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Breaking Bad Facebook page

So there was this little TV show called Breaking Bad that was filmed in Albuquerque, and the locals couldn’t be more proud of the fame (notoriety?) that the show brought with it.

2. Isotopes Baseball Is Out of This World

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Albuquerque Isotopes Facebook page

There’s a special place in heaven for minor league baseball teams, and the Isotopes are the Albuquerque edition. Buy your season tickets and cheer on your favorite players before they leave and get all famous.

3. Green Chile: Love It or Leave Town

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Cocina Azul Facebook page

Every major city has a food they’re famous for (Chicago for hot dogs, San Francisco for sourdough, Atlanta for, uh, grits?) but Albuquerque is serious about its green chile. You’ll put it on everything and you will love the heck out of it. Try Cocina Azul or one of my favorites, Burrito Lady.

4. “ABQ” Isn’t Some Inside Joke

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Ron Cogswell

The acronym isn’t just the designation for the Sunport—it’s the far easier way to speak (and spell) your new-found hometown! Use this moniker to keep from being the obvious new kid in town.

5. One Of This Century’s Most Important Landmarks

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Wikipedia user Samat Jain

Southeastern Albuquerque is home to a major landmark of modern history—the White Sands Proving Ground (now the White Sands Missile Range) where the nuclear age we now live in first began with a test in 1942. While it’s now under the control of the Air Force, stop by the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in town to get the full story.

6. Great Community Food at The Grove Cafe

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: The Grove Café and Market via Facebook page

Okay, so it’s another Breaking Bad filming location, but more importantly, also home to some of the best entrees you will find in ABQ!

7. Old Town Is A Throwback

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Maureen Didde

Albuquerque’s Old Town is rich with history and unique culture. There are spooky offerings (the thrilling ghost tours), galleries and shops, museums, and even quiet patios for kicking back in the warm sun.

8. The Albuquerque Beer of Choice

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Marble Brewery Facebook page

These are the good ol’ beer boys of Albuquerque. Marble Brewery venture began in 2008 and became an Albuquerque fixture you’ll find yourself returning to whenever someone brings up the idea of grabbing a craft brew. Try the Pils, the IPA, the lager—just try them all.

9. You Can Go Up Into the Mountains

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Kolin Toney

The Sandia Mountains lie just east of Albuquerque, and offer hiking trails with breathtaking views and snow actually thick enough to ski on in the winter. If you just want to catch the view, take the Sandia Tramway to get up to a staggering 10,378 feet at the observation deck.

10. You’ll Never Feel So Excited About Hot Air

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user christopher cornelius

The International Balloon Fiesta is seriously a huge draw to Albuquerque. The surreal sight of thousands of hot-air balloons taking off into the air is one you’ll be looking forward to every year.

11. You Can Be A Paleontologist For A Day

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Lee Ruk

Dinosaur fossils are abundant here, and I’m not talking about little “PG” ones. ABQ’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History has a complete replica (and only known fossils) of an enormous Siesmosaurus (110 feet long) and a Saurophaganax, which was basically as deadly as a T-Rex but didn’t have the “big head and little arms” problem.

12. Celebrate Albuquerque’s Vibrant Past

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Facebook page

Albuquerque has no shortage of interesting Native American history, and it’s still proudly celebrated at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, everything from traditional dances to lectures and galleries featuring Pueblo art.

13. You May Not Know The Muffin Man, But Everyone Knows The Candy Lady

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: The Candy Lady Facebook page

Fudge, caramels, brittle and blue meth. Well, candy-ized blue meth, as made famous by you guessed it, Breaking Bad. Pick up another hit of the good stuff from The Candy Lady, along with any of the other delicious offerings.

14. All This Nature… In The Middle of the Desert?!

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user City of Albuquerque

When you think of deserts, the first thing that pops into your head probably isn’t “lush, verdant greenery and beautiful flowers.” Well, you’ll be proven wrong at the Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden. This Japanese garden is just a small slice of this paradise with ten different garden exhibits.

15. Howl For Your UNM Lobos!

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user SD Dirk

The University of New Mexico Lobos play at The Pit, which is where you and the other 17,999 fans will be cheering for this consistently excellent basketball team. The UNM team’s been around for over a hundred years, so they know what they’re doing.

16. It Gives Montana A Run For The Title of “Big Sky Country”

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user ianloic

The Acoma Pueblo Indians have sustained their community, according to their tribal records, for hundreds of years. This adobe settlement sixty miles west of Albuquerque has prime real estate on top of a mesa, so a trip to “Sky City” means an incredible panoramic view of the surrounding land.

17. Be Aware Of The Altitude

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user rgallant_photography

Desert life is tough! If you’re coming from a sea-level state, you’ll need to keep in mind that the first few days, or weeks, possibly, are going to feature lots of lounging around as the altitude difference takes its toll on your body. But when you head back home for a visit to higher ground, you’re going to feel like an athletic god!

18. The Perfect Ron-Swansonable Steak

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Farm & Table Facebook

It’s date night and you’re living in Albuquerque—where else would you go but rustic Old Town, and get the best fresh, seasonal food in the state at Farm & Table? Juicy steak with green chiles (duh) and slurp-able mussels are only two of the awesome dishes you’ll find here.

19. Watch For Triple Rainbows

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Todd Shoemake

Sure, this isn’t necessarily local to Albuquerque, but if you’re planning on moving or taking in a visit make sure to bring your poncho and a good camera for the early summer months. You’re likely to catch the phenomenon during the rainy weather, so keep an eye out.

20. All Other Bread Will Pale In Comparison

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Golden Crown Panaderia Neighborhood Bakery Facebook page

The wafting smell of fresh bread will guide you into downtown’s best bakery, which has also attracted such celebrity chefs as Guy Fieri. Stay for an empanada, or seven.

21. The Watering Hole For The Pierced and Bearded

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Sister Bar Facebook page

For an awesome Albuquerque rock show, why settle for anything less than the best? Sister Bar’s hip, loud atmosphere specializes in booking nationally touring groups and features full bar and speakers that will blow your face off. Rawk on.

22. These Donuts, Oh Man, These Donuts

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Rebel Donuts Facebook page

If they’re good enough for Jesse Pinkman, they’re good enough for you. It’s impossible to go long without digging your teeth into the delicious dough at Rebel Donuts, whether it’s a classic glazed confection or a fancy chocolate-dipped red velvet “Rebel” flavor.

23. It May Be Small, But The Comedy’s Big

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre Facebook page

The theatre scene in Albuquerque is pretty limited, but local improv titans The Show regularly perform at the Box to the delight of local-yocals. If you like what you see, try an improv class and get up on stage yourself.

24. Public Transit Is… Eh…

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Mike Tungate

It’s widely agreed that if you’re planning on getting anywhere without going by car or by foot in Albuquerque, you’re going to need to plan well in advance because the public transportation is not your friend. You can’t just plop down and wait, unless you wanna fry in the blistering sun.

25. You Can Revel In The Freaky Yet Vibrant Art Around Town

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user teofilo

Albuquerque features interesting pieces around nearly every corner, thanks to the city’s Public Art Program. Some well-known pieces include the Arch du Chevrolet (or “Chevy-on-a-Stick,” as I like to call it), bronze statues of crowds, intricate graffiti, metal sculptures, and colorful murals.

26. Bring Your…Skis?

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Digapony

Yes, yes, it may seem like the temperature ranges from “pretty warm” to “blistering hot” in Albuquerque, but if you get up into the mountains with your snowboard and ski poles, you’re sure to find an ice-cool time coming down the slope.

27. Your BBQ Search Is Over At Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ House

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Mr. Powdrell’s Barbeque House Facebook page

Delicious ribs, flanks, basically every darn part of the animal. Stop by at either of their two locations in town and try and conquer their massive portions.

28. Go Under The Sea In The Desert

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: ABQ BioPark Facebook page

Gardens aren’t the only unexpected thing you’ll find at the BioPark. Check out the aquarium to get up close (really close) and personal with sharks, more than 200 Pacific Coral reef fish, and even jellyfish.

29. KiMo Theatre

29 Things You Need To Know About Albuquerque Before You Move There

Source: Flickr user Ken Lund

The KiMo Theatre is a must-see not only for the great movies (like classic Bogart and Swayze flicks), but also because the building itself (built in 1927) features rare Art Deco-Pueblo Revival style architecture. Too bad you’re going to be viewing it in a darkened room. Maybe stay for the credits?

Feature Image Source: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Facebook

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posted on: March 10, 2014
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13 Comments

  1. brooks

    Although some of the places mentioned require a small amount of time to be set aside, I agree whole heartedly. I’ve lived in Albuquerque for about 6 years now and it has been a wonderful place to live. Although I’m a bit supprised at the people above me with such poor positivity, new mexico isn’t for everyone 😉 and that’s what makes it such an interesting place. Also, it is the only state left to continue flying the original confederate stars and bars from its occupation durring the 1860s how about that?

  2. Susan

    As a Burqueno, I appreciate this list. However, White Sands is not in Southeast Albuquerque. It is in Southeast New Mexico, about 4 hours from Albuquerque.

  3. Shay

    This article is drowned with many inaccuarcies. In repsonse to #12, I love how we Indigenous people of the area are ever so eloquently marked up as the “vibrant past” of Albs. Indeed, we are not.

  4. Erik B

    Yes, please, let’s have more meth jokes roll around about a town people aren’t even sure is in the US, the candy lady selling rocks to imitate meth is pitiful(i remember going there as a kid and being yelled at for accidentally touching two samples and taking only one! The trinity site is nowhere near SE abq, SE abq is baron and dusty, known as the south valley. The range trumps the grove in portions and price. The grove has gotten shitty, full of hipsters and old “artsyer than thou” fogies. Flying star was better when it was double rainbow. Although they have expanded and still have great restaurants, my favorite is on rio grande in los ranchos area, what a nice cruise to and fromthe west side!
    Marble brewery is the best in the west, south, east, north and inbetween.
    Also the long ass tram should take place over one of the three breaking bad entries, also our sunsets are beyond any place I have traveled.

  5. Angelo V

    Nothing about Albuquerque as an MMA mecca?? We only had Carlos Condit, Greg Jackson and Diego Sanchez, all on UFC 171’s main card last night! Missed a big one there..

  6. Offended 'Burqueno

    Sam… You’re a f*^#ing idiot. For all the very Burqueno reasons listed above, like utterly ignoring many of this cities great spots, venues, acts, etc. but mostly, for saying White Sands is in the southeast part of the city.
    Have you ever even been to New Mexico, much less Albuquerque? And if so, was it just while you switched planes at “ABQ”? Really dude… it’s not that friggin’ hard.
    There is this great new invention called a map, maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s a big picture, of what a place would look like if you could see it from waaaay high up. Really cool thing about these map thingies, is that they are actually drawn to scale, so you can see just how far it is from one place drawn on the map to another. There are even digital versions, you can look at on your computer, and that will do all the measuring for you. Though this “map” technology is relatively new, only a few gorram thousand years, it is widely accessible. Perhaps had you bothered to avail yourself of one of these maps, you could have; First, located your head without having to fork over the benjamins to your proctologist, and; Second, properly located White Sands as NOT IN CHINGA-MADRE ‘BURQUE, pendejo.

  7. Teresa

    If you’re coming from a sea level state? Who would leave a sea level state to come here?!

  8. Jeff

    My wife and I moved from Orange County back in 2012 (sea level state) why Leave? Yep we did and I left behind the every day lunch at Newport Beach. Many of my coworkers would surf before coming into work. California is great, but I bet you wouldn’t want to sit in traffic for 2 hours just to go the distance (rio rancho to Tramway and Montgomery), pollution and huge taxes are other simple reasons to move. I bet you would take your $80k job and move so you could keep some of that tax money you spend in California.
    As for this list, i’m sure this guy could have named a ton more, there are always complaints, no matter what is put in public, not everyone will agree, we are all different with different identifiable likes, wants and are unique in nature. So those who cry, go write your own list and plug Facebook with it.

  9. smoky

    i have been to new mexico all of it ,but never lived there. we r older my husband and i and you guys scare the beans out of me i have always loved new mexico their food ,art and the way of the people in places like abiqui
    please tell d truth about your city .i need to make a move and i thought it would be great there .by the way i have done lots of research ,and the leak is there without a dought ,but they say the government is cleaning it up ,they say its moving northeast .

  10. Jess

    I left my home town of Burque to move to Denver, CO. That was a stupid plan! It is dirty, the food is terrible (both at restaurants and our dirty understocked grocery stores teaming with rude employees & customers), people are rude and unkempt, there are no snow days and the driving off the highways is death defying, it smells like weed (literally), we have a huge population of homeless, the traffic is so thick you don’t feel like doing anything,there are no hair & nail salons, it’s just an overall hellhole! ANYWAY Albuquerque is nice place to eat, shop,live , drive, etc. Enjoy it! My gems Monica’s in Burque are Monica’s El Portal, The Range (the one in Bernalillo), Golden Pride, Las Cxuates salsa, Route 66’s Teeny Tiny Sundaes, etc. It’s all personal but Albuquerque is truly a place you love or hate & nobody calls is ABQ?

  11. yatahey

    2 words Blake’s Lotaburger.

  12. Jan

    My daughter lives in Taos and she feels the altitude may be too much for me. I am in my 60s and looking for a new adventure in the next part of my life so I am checking out New Mexico. Now I live in Cincinnati and I wonder how living is there for those my age. Any answers for me?
    Cincinnati Kid

  13. Jack

    Being born and raised here, I cannot wait to get the hell out of this place. It is hard to find good things about this city. One of the previous comments that said this place is a “crappy cesspool of suffering” really hits the nail on the head. I couldnt have said it better myself.

 

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