Once again, ’tis the season for holiday gift giving. And what’s more exciting than gift shopping while you’re on vacation? San Antonio’s diverse shopping scene has a lot to offer – from top malls with national and global brands to independent boutiques with local designers, you’ll discover something perfect for everyone, including yourself. Here’s our guide to San Antonio’s best places to shop.
Shops at La Cantera
Retail therapy should be a relaxing experience, and that’s exactly what the Shops at La Cantera deliver as you stroll leisurely through the palm-tree-shaded lengths of this outdoor mall. A local favorite for its attractive landscaping that pairs well with its even more attractive boutiques – and kiosks with tasty treats – La Cantera lets you enjoy the Texas breeze while you wander through a shopping wonderland.
Up on the city’s northside, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at The Rim. With more than 100 shops that range from nationwide chains to locally owned luxury boutiques, there’s almost no need to go anywhere else. Drop the kids off at The Rim’s IMAX theater or at the Six Flags next door while you explore one of San Antonio’s largest shopping centers.
The renovated Pearl Brewery complex is where savvy San Antonio shoppers go when seeking out original, high-quality design. Prepare to be tempted as you discover the collection of independent boutiques that exude designer cool. When you’re all set on the fashion front, dive into the heart of Texas history and culture at the Twig Book Shop, next door to the unmissable Lorraine Bakery. If you’re around during the weekend, get yourself to the Pearl’s popular farmers market (early, before the crowds arrive) for more fun shopping and tasty bites.
Embrace the city’s Mexican heritage at El Mercado (Market Square), a three-block-long marketplace considered to be the largest Mexican marketplace outside Mexico. With more than 100 specialty stores and produce stands, make sure you leave plenty of time to browse. Keep an eye out for the shops with handmade leather goods, Mexican artwork, pottery, and glassware, where some artisans will create or customize items for you upon request.
La Villita Historic Arts Village
If unique is what you seek, this is the place to go. La Villita, which literally means “little village,” sits right off the city’s beautiful River Walk. Indeed, this small and historic community offers the opportunity to browse through a charming collection of irresistible jewelry and craft shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries with artist studios, and restaurants.
Shops at RiverCenter
Why leave the beauty of the River Walk and the convenience of downtown to get your Christmas shopping done? Head to the Shops at RiverCenter where you can browse through almost 100 different fashion retailers. For history buffs who aren’t exactly into the mall scene, head straight to the basement for a truly unique San Antonio experience at the Battle for Texas.
Alamo Quarry Market
Known locally as The Quarry, the 75 shops in this former limestone quarry (built in 1908) are easily found by following the tall smokestacks leftover from its operational days. Make sure to spend some time with at the one-of-a-kind Whole Earth Provisions dedicated to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. End your visit on a sweet note at the beloved Amy’s Ice Cream from Austin.
For your next city break in San Antonio, book your accommodations at a Hilton, and then get ready to shop ’til you drop.