Fodor's Expert Review The Pearl Brewery District
The newly revitalized Pearl Brewery, now known as The Pearl was originally established in the 1880s by the Pearl Brewing Company, a Texas original with storied history. After shutting its doors in the late 1990s, it has since been redeveloped as a vibrant mixed-use center for restaurants, shops, and live-music amphitheater using the original architecture of the old brewing company as the focal point of the 23-acre property. The Pearl is home to some of the top restaurants to open in San Antonio in some time as well as a smattering of locally-owned shops and the San Antonio Farmer's Market—a local favorite on Saturday mornings. You'll also find a hub for B-cycle, the first Bike Share program in the state of Texas as well as the Aveda Institute. It is home to one of four branches of the famed Culinary Institute of America with a specialized Latin Cuisines Certificate Program and its Center for Foods of the Americas.