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Some of the best shopping in Albuquerque is found in the hip Nob Hill district. This stretch of Central Avenue is lined with quirky boutiques, vintage-clothing stores and galleries, such as long-established Mariposa Gallery. But downtown, further west along Central, there are a few classic options such as the Man’s Hat Shop, and the ever-interesting Skip Maisel’s, stocked floor to ceiling with American Indian curios such as drums, pottery and turquoise-and-silver jewelry. If you’re really interested in Southwestern jewelry, don’t miss the gift shop at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center — everything is handmade by local artisans, with quality materials and it’s very reasonably priced.
Foodies, make it a point to stop by the Saturday-morning farmers’ market downtown (June to October only), as well as the farm shop at Los Poblanos, which sell treats and beauty products featuring organic lavender and other locally grown ingredients.