The Nob Hill area of Albuquerque is a destination for visitors as well as locals. Shoppers enjoy the small shops and locally owned businesses. Those looking for nightlife flock to its cafes, brew pubs and restaurants. Food lovers enjoy the many restaurants as well, which range from the casual to high end. There is something for everyone to be found in the area.
Where It Is
Located just east of the University of New Mexico campus and close to downtown, Albuquerque's Nob Hill runs from Lomas Boulevard on the north to Garfield Avenue and Zuni Road on the south.
It stretches between Washington Street on the east to Girard Boulevard on the west.
Best Known For
- Its cosmopolitan style. It’s where Albuquerque looks most like a big city and gets more sophisticated every year.
- Unique galleries and shops, vibrant nightlife, and great used and vintage clothing stores.
- The original Flying Star, which started out as a Double Rainbow in 1988. Some locals still call it “The DR.”
- Casual as well as high-end restaurants and brewpubs.
From downtown, head east on Central or Lomas. From Lomas, turn south on Girard and east on Central. Central Avenue lies at Nob Hill’s heart.
From I-25, get off at exit 224B (the Central exit). Head east toward the mountains. Nob Hill begins at Girard, beneath the neon arch.
Who Lives in the Nob Hill District
Nob Hill was once the bastion of college students rooming together in single-family homes. But with a recent upsurge of infill condos and upscale housing, it has become one of the most sought-after parts of the city, and as a result, one of the priciest.
Area real estate prices run from $229,000 for a small 3-bedroom home to $750,000 for something larger.
Nearest Post Office
- 115 Cornell SE
Grocery Stores, Etc.
- La Montanita Co-op at Central/Carlisle carries a wide selection of organic foods and works with local farmers to assist Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The store is in the original Nob Hill Shopping Center, an architectural icon.
- Model Pharmacy at Girard/Monte Vista, once a filling station, is now a favorite for upscale toiletries and terrific milkshakes.
- Elementary schools: Monte Vista Elementary and Bandelier Elementary
- Middle school: Jefferson Middle School
- High schools: Albuquerque High School and Highland High School
Shopping in Nob Hill
Shopping in Nob Hill is like hunting for hidden treasures. Here's a small map that leads to just some of the places where you'll find a few jewels.
3102 Central SE
Carries a line of vintage hats and costume jewelry.
3110 Central SE
If you hanker for vintage, this is the place.
Whether looking for an upscale restaurant for a special occasion or just plain good food, Nob Hill has a place to put fork to plate.
3416 Central SE
My son swears by their eclairs.
Kelly’s Brew Pub
3222 Central SE
A good pub menu and delicious beers.
3636 Monte Vista Blvd NE
They feature sandwiches and a soda fountain with old-fashioned root beer floats and sundaes.
Nob Hill Bar and Grill
3128 Central SE
Try their reinvented comfort food.
Scalo’s Northern Italian Grill
3500 Central SE
Northern Italian dishes that are a treat for the eye as well as the tongue.
3109 Central SE
For delicious Mediterranean food in a great atmosphere.
- The District was listed on the National Register on August 3, 2001, making Nob Hill an official historic area.
- Each December, Nob Hill swarms with shoppers for the annual Shop and Stroll, an evening event featuring food, music and special activities.
- When Nob Hill was platted in 1916, a ground mounted water tank served the area’s residents. When the tank was replaced by the City’s water system, it remained, and a house was built around it. The tank became a living room. Look for them at 319 Carlisle SE.
- The Grower’s Market at Morningside Park meets Thursday afternoons every spring through November.
- Noted architect Louis Hesselden designed the Nob Hill Shopping Center, which still stands at Central and Carlisle. The center is a mix of Moderne and Territorial Revival styles.
Annual Events in Nob Hill
- Italian Film Festival in February
- Summerfest in July
- The holiday Shop and Stroll in December, followed by the Twinkle Light Parade