You'll be a shopping superhero in this neighborhood, home to Astro-Zombies comic book shop.
Photo by Blaine Harrington III
IN A NUTSHELL: Known for its Route 66 throwback neon, Nob Hill glows with eclectic boutiques and restaurants.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Nob Hill remains one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods. The neighborhood encompasses the University of New Mexico, which keeps this district young at heart.
Hotels have been strikingly absent in this area for decades; however, developers broke ground on renovations of De Anza Motor Lodge in October 2017. The new De Anza, which will include a hotel, apartments, and a restaurant, is expected to open in 2018.
Nob Hill Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy Nob Hill Bar & Grill
Jennifer James — one of Albuquerque's star chefs, thanks to her multiple James Beard Award Best Chef Southwest finalist nods — presents playful takes on European classics at French-ish. Even escargot is more approachable when served turnover-style in puff pastry. Elegant Elaine's New American seasonal menus might star fried halibut or Parisian gnocci. The hip clientele matches the food at the upscale Nob Hill Bar & Grill; take the indulgent (and caloric) Dirty Burger, with chile con queso, chile, frizzled onions, bacon, a fried egg, and beeronaise.
With boutiques lining Central Avenue and every side street, Nob Hill is one of the city's most vibrant hobnobbing districts. Ooh! Aah! Jewelry specializes in contemporary pieces. Lindsey and Debra Adler, the mother-daughter duo behind Retail Therapy ABQ, uplift their customers with socially conscious women's clothing brands. Dapper gentlemen shop at Izzy Martin for distressed jeans and stylish buttondowns. Since 1974, Mariposa Gallery has represented eclectic Albuquerque painters, sculptors, and jewelers.
The craft-brew craze has reached Nob Hill, with one of Tractor Brewing Company's three Duke City locales and a Bosque Brewing taproom. Top local bands, including dirty jazz quartet Le Chat Lunatique and songstress Hillary Smith, croon at Scalo Northern Italian Grill and Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro's cellar on weekend nights. If the dice land on a tamer night out, Empire Board Game Library's stock of a hundred board games for rent comes in clutch.
The world-class Tamarind Institute perches on the edge of the University of New Mexico's campus, summoning artists from across the globe to learn lithography and create works with master printmakers. Their creations fold into the collection at the university's Art Museum, which also offers revolving exhibitions. Although an intimate venue, the Outpost Performance Space has an outsized schedule that features NEA jazz masters.
Touring Broadway shows, national speakers and dance troupes, and the New Mexico Philharmonic take the stage at Popejoy Hall, the University of New Mexico's grand performance venue and the largest indoor concert hall in the state.