San Antonio

With its rich ethnic heritage, this city is a wonderful place to buy Mexican imports, most of them inexpensive and many of high quality. A good number of San Antonio's shopping options are centered on the popular River Walk area that winds through downtown. There you'll find plenty of restaurants and bars that make perfect pit stops as you stroll from one shop to the next.

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  • 1. Feliz Modern POP

    One of the most fun shops at the Pearl, Feliz Modern POP is a cool and colorful collection of things for you, your home, your friends, your family, your pets, and everyone you know. Many items have a Southwestern or Latin flair, like the Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico coloring book or a catnip-taco cat toy. Co-owners Mario and Ginger Diaz have assembled quite a collection for gifting, entertaining, and celebrating the connections in our lives with global art, accessories, and home decor. There's candy and artisanal soda, too. Their flagship store, Feliz Modern, is at 110 W. Olmos in the Monte Vista Historic District. 

    303 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 2. Historic Market Square


    This is about as close you can get to Old Mexico without crossing the border. Market Square (El Mercado) has been a favorite of locals and visitors for generations for eating, drinking, shopping, and celebrating. The three-block space houses restaurants, shops, galleries, and working artisans crafting their wares in everything from silver to leather to woodwork. The Market Square outdoor plaza often has music and dance performances, especially during the holidays. Check the website calendar for upcoming programming. It's a fun, colorful outing, especially if you're dining at Mi Tierra Bakery and Café or La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar and are up for a lively afternoon or evening. 

    514 W. Commerce St, San Antonio, Texas, 78207, USA
  • 3. The Twig Book Shop

    This longtime beloved independent bookstore has been part of San Antonio's literary world since 1972, residing in several neighborhoods before landing at the Pearl. The large and well-stocked store has thousands of books in all subjects as well as cards and gift items. It hosts regular author-signing events for local and national writers as well as a weekly children's story time. Ask the very helpful and knowledgeable staff about the latest and best independent and mainstream bestsellers.

    306 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 4. Adelante Boutique

    Historic District

    A San Antonio fashion staple for more than 46 years, this family-owned business is now run by the third-generation owner. It's a beautiful store bursting with color and textures selling a brilliant array of women's fashions that reflect local flair and culture. Over the years the store has expanded into select home decor as well as jewelry, accessories, and gifts. The staff is welcoming and helpful, but it can get busy so plan on plenty of time to browse and take it all in. 

    303 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 5. Alamo Quarry Market

    Alamo Heights

    Look for the distinctive smokestacks at this open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment center (the area was once a cement factory). Today, Alamo Quarry Market includes a Regal movie theater complex and many standard mall stores, such as Old Navy, Whole Foods, and Banana Republic. This entire area actually offers a huge array of shopping. Quarry Village is across from Quarry Market, and the Shops at Lincoln Heights are close by at the intersection of Broadway and East Base Road.

    255 E. Basse Rd., San Antonio, Texas, 78209, USA
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  • 6. Artistic Endeavors Gallery

    Peruse paintings (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), pottery, prints, sculpture, and more at Artistic Endeavors Gallery, which specializes in original works by regional artists, many of which turn their artistic eye toward San Antonio's charms.

    113 Blue Star, San Antonio, Texas, 78204, USA
  • 7. Central Market

    Alamo Heights

    If you think a supermarket can't be a destination, think again. The only location of the chain in San Antonio (there are nine others in Texas), Central Market is both a foodie heaven and a popular gourmet grocery store in Alamo Heights. Among the many offerings, you'll find scratch-made baked goods, chef-prepared meals, a great wine selection, a fresh seafood counter, and an on-site tortilleria for fresh tortillas. Top off your finds with a fresh flower arrangement from the well-stocked floral center up front. An in-house cooking school provides classes (for a fee) in such areas as afternoon tea, autumn in Italy, sushi and sake party, make and take tamales, wines, and many more. Their very popular Hatch Chile Fest takes place every August. 

    4821 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209, USA
  • 8. Dos Carolinas

    Historic District

    How to explain a guayabera? Although it is traditionally known as a men's button-down pleated shirt originating in Cuba, it has gained popularity in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and here in South Texas where natural fabrics like cotton and linen breathe best in the heat. Designer Caroline Matthews has over 30 years of experience in fitting, designing, and creating custom guayaberas. The process starts with selecting a fabric, then you choose a style, sleeve length, color, and the kind of fit. Each shirt takes at least four to six weeks to complete. The shop does quite a bit of designing for weddings, where smartly tailored guayaberas are more relaxed than tuxedos. The store also carries a selection of ready-made guayaberas and other guayabera-wear, including robes and drawstring pajamas.

    303 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 9. Larder

    Historic District

    This little jewel is a combination market, café, and bakery tucked away on the first floor of Hotel Emma. Browse their eclectic stock of culinary luxuries and upscale staples as well as fresh flowers, freshly prepared food to take out or eat in, Merit coffee, fresh baked goods, and wine and beer. Their menu consists of breakfast and an all-day lunch menu of salads, soup of the day, and cold and warm sandwiches. They also have unique gift items and signature tote bags for both Hotel Emma and Larder. 

    136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 10. Niche at Pearl

    Historic District

    Stylish women's wear is just the beginning here. Niche carries an impressive collection of handbags, hats, loungewear, scarves, and bandanas as well as kids' clothing, swimwear, and blankets. For the home, pick up glassware, dish towels, home fragrances, cards, gifts, and tea-time items. The coolest part of the store is Stitch at Niche, a curated fabric shop and project space, where you can buy striking textiles by the yard, unique buttons and trims, and DIY kits for embroidery, tapestry weaving, and cross-stitch. 

    302 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 11. Rancho Diaz

    Historic District

    You'll find vintage and modern pieces here from Texas, Mexico, and all over the world. Owners Ginger and Mario Diaz opened Rancho Diaz as an eclectic, artisan-inspired home decor store with unique handcrafted items for design enthusiasts. Categories include terra-cotta planters and vases, upscale pet items, Christmas and Day of the Dead decor, and greeting and note cards. An exciting aspect of the store is that it carries the Tex Mex Dance Party Collection, curated and collected by former folk arts administrator and native Texan Rose Reyes. Her home decor brand focuses on vintage handmade objects and art with a Texas/Mexican flair.

    303 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 12. Sloan/Hall

    Alamo Heights

    Upscale boutiques, especially in tony neighborhoods like Alamo Heights, can be intimidating, but there's no such vibe in this jewel of a find in the Uptown Alamo Heights Center. It's cozy space, but the multicategory store is comfortably filled with a wide variety of designer offerings in women's high-end fashion, perfumes, limited edition books, greeting cards, home accessories, gifts, and antiques. The fine artisan jewelry is irresistible—whatever you choose for that perfect gift, you will absolutely want one for yourself. Everything is beautifully displayed, and customer service is attentive and helpful.

    5424 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209, USA
  • 13. Sunset and Co.

    Alamo Heights

    Previously known as Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware, the name Sunset & Co. may be new, but it's the same wonderful place to browse to your heart's content. The store seems endless, brimming as it is with gifts and accessories for him and her, jewelry, bath and body products, men's hats, travel bags, clothing and accessories for babies and kids, and more. There's plenty for the home and kitchen, too, as well as hardware and outdoor items, like Weber grills, grilling accessories, coolers, and tool sets. They also offer services for glass-cutting, key-cutting, Miele vacuum repair, screen repair, paint color matching, and custom monogramming.

    6438 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78209, USA
  • 14. Ten Thousand Villages

    Historic District

    This is one of those stores you visit when you can't seem to find the right gift. As part of a network of over 390 U.S. retail outlets, they showcase unique, fair-trade products from more than 130 artisan groups in about 38 countries. Their selection is staggering, and the categories seem endless: accessories, jewelry, indoor and outdoor home decor, textiles, baskets, stationery, drinkware, tabletop, linens, birdhouses, garden, bath and body, and gifts for everyone from the wellness guru to the foodie.

    302 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 15. The Rim


    A mixed-use lifestyle center of shops, dining, entertainment, and luxury residences, businesses at The Rim include Bass Pro Shops, Bakery Lorraine, Woodhouse Day Spa, Ulta Beauty, Nordstrom Rack, Panera Bread, and more. Find out current sales on the promotions tab of their website. 

    17703 La Cantera Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78257, USA
  • 16. The Shops at La Cantera


    This upscale shopping center on La Cantera Parkway has something for everyone. Shop at standard mall stores, like Abercrombie & Fitch, 7 for All Mankind, Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, and Barnes & Noble, as well as at higher-end retailers, such as Coach New York, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. Plenty of dining options are here, too, from fast-casual on up. There are in-store cooking classes, pet nights with Santa, holiday showcases, and more. Find out about all their events on their website.

    15900 La Cantera Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78256, USA

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