Restaurants, Museums, and Language Schools in Barelas – Albuquerque, NM

Barelas has a number of restaurants, museums, and language schools we’ll discuss in this short post. First, a quick introduction to the area.

Barelas is a Southwest Albuquerque neighborhood with many tourist attractions as well as several local hotspots. It is located just south of Downtown/Plaza Vieja and very close to the Rio Grande. Here are some of the region’s noteworthy destinations.

Red Ball Cafe

The Red Ball Cafe is a staple of Barelas. Its claim to fame? The “Original Home Of The Wimpy Burger.” You may be wondering what that even means, it is a small hamburger with their signature sauce called “wimpy sauce”. Their most popular combo includes two Wimpy Burgers and fries. They also have enchiladas, tacos, and green chili.

Wheels Museum

Wheels Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and preserving transportation history in the heart of Albuquerque’s Rail Yards. On their website, they have extensive exhibits that explore how trains shaped the city, as well as a variety of other modes such as automobiles, horses, and wagons, among many others! It was a long and narrow structure that once housed an inventory of various parts at the Santa Fe Railyards.

One Google reviewer, Andy V., shared;

“It was exactly what I expected to see. The old photos and books gives you a picture back in time. The model railroad were very nice. We were the only ones in there and they turned the models on for us.”

Instituto Cervantes

The world-renowned Instituto Cervantes, the largest institution dedicated to teaching the Spanish language, is located in Barelas. Courses range from business Spanish to courses for teenagers and children. Whether you want to brush up on your high school Spanish skills or start from scratch and become fluent, the Instituto Cervantes has a class for you.

Driving Directions from Instituto Cervantes to Zia Building Maintenance

Drive 9 min (5.4 miles)

Instituto Cervantes

1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States

Get on I-25 N from Avenida Cesar Chavez

4 min (1.2 mi)

Head northwest toward Manuel Ave SW

184 ft

Turn left onto Manuel Ave SW

26 ft

Turn right onto 8th St SW

233 ft

Turn right onto Av. Dolores Huerta

Pass by McDonald’s (on the left)

0.1 mi

Continue onto Avenida Cesar Chavez

0.9 mi

Turn left to merge onto I-25 N

0.2 mi

Continue on I-25 N. Take Exits 226A-226B to 6th St NW. Take exit 158 from I-40 W

4 min (3.5 mi)

Merge onto I-25 N

1.9 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 226A-226B to merge onto I-40 W toward Gallup

1.3 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 158 for 6th St toward 12th St

0.2 mi

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for 6th Street and merge onto 6th St NW

164 ft

Continue on 6th St NW to your destination

2 min (0.8 mi)

Merge onto 6th St NW

0.3 mi

Turn right onto Menaul Blvd NW

423 ft

Turn left onto 4th St NW

0.4 mi

Turn right at Los Arboles Ave NW

Destination will be on the left

102 ft

Zia Building Maintenance

3306 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, United States

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