I can’t believe this was my first time ever visiting Old Town! What a gem of a place. It really does feel like stepping into another country, which is apropos since the Mexican border is only a few miles away.
Emily and I easily find parking in one of the main lots (free) and walk towards the center of Old Town — it’s lined with shops and saloons loaded with charm.
Here’s a map of the whole place:
Love the old timey facades:
Now we’re entering the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, a dense concentration of 19 shops and restaurants — this strikes me as the heart of Old Town.
A band plays on stage to a handful of audience members:
After soaking up the atmosphere, we are hungry for one last meal before I have to catch my bus back to Los Angeles. There are a bunch of delicious spots along San Diego Ave., which is a sort of Restaurant Row in Old Town. We end up at Cafe Coyote and it hits the spot.
Women cook tortillas at the front of the restaurant to sell to people on the sidewalk:
Mexican food for the road! Delicious.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a full food guide on all the restaurant gems we visited this weekend!