Downtown Albuquerque is the Heart of the City

Downtown Albuquerque—Home to Civic Plaza and Nightlife

When it comes to nightlife, community, and fine dining, Downtown Albuquerque is the place to be. While a large section of this neighborhood is residential, it’s also home to the BBVA Compass high-rise and the Civic Plaza, home to many outdoor community events.

Best Places to Eat in Downtown Albuquerque

Downtown is a hub to many great restaurants in the city. One that’s definitely a favorite is Monroe’s Restaurant. This eatery has been around since 1962, and they serve up the best New Mexican food. Their house specialties include fish tacos and seafood enchiladas. And their green chile, red chile, and salsa are nationally loved. They have a bustling e-commerce side to their business selling their famous sauces. One Google reviewer, Karra C. shared, 

“Delicious, authentic New Mexican dishes that inspire your taste buds. My grandmother and I had the best first-time experience here at Monroe’s. We were treated like family, and I appreciate your outstanding services with our knowledgeable, helpful server. Not to mention the food was cooked from the heart & it really tasted home.”

Another local favorite is Cocina Azul. Pouring over with New Mexico pride, the sign on their doorpost says, “Get your chile on!” So you know you’re going to experience delicious New Mexican cuisine here. Aside from the typical New Mexican dishes, they also have excellent breakfasts like Carne Adovado Eggs. And you can order some of their items in bulk, like the legendary posole.

Best Schools in Downtown Albuquerque

When it comes to the best schools in Southwest Albuquerque, Manzano Day School rises to the top. This pre-k through 5th-grade school is an independent, non-profit school that was founded in 1938. Their passion, and their tagline, is to teach children the Joy in Learning. Their mission is to “prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world.”

Driving Directions from Manzano Day School to Digital Harvest 

Drive 10.5 miles, 20 min

Manzano Day School

1801 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Drive along Rio Grande Blvd NW, I-40 W and Coors Blvd NW

9 min (4.6 mi)

Head northwest on Central Ave SW/U.S. Rte 66 toward Rancho Seco Rd NW

0.4 mi

Turn right onto Rio Grande Blvd NW

0.7 mi

Turn left to merge onto I-40 W

1.7 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 155 for Coors Boulevard N/Coors Boulevard S

0.1 mi

Keep left, follow signs for Coors Boulevard N and merge onto Coors Blvd NW

 Pass by Arby’s (on the right in 0.9 mi)

1.6 mi

Take Western Trail NW to Unser Blvd NW

2 min (0.9 mi)

Turn left toward Milne Rd NW

184 ft

Continue onto Milne Rd NW

0.1 mi

At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Quaker Heights Pl NW

0.2 mi

Turn left onto Western Trail NW

0.6 mi

Turn right onto Unser Blvd NW

4 min (2.7 mi)

Continue on Rainbow Blvd NW. Drive to Triana Pl NW

5 min (2.3 mi)

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Rainbow Blvd NW

2.0 mi

Turn left onto Ventana Ranch Rd NW

0.1 mi

Turn right onto Entrada Pl NW

184 ft

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Triana Pl NW

 Destination will be on the right

0.1 mi

7337 Triana Pl NW

Albuquerque, NM 87114

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