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El Mercado

Address: 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 210-207-8600
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$59*
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San Antonio Grand Sightseeing Tour
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Forests, Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Fee: No
Owner description: Market Square, known as El Mercado by locals, is a great place to...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Forests, Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Market Square, known as El Mercado by locals, is a great place to shop where the locals do. You can find anything from clothing to art and furniture, all with a Mexican flare, in downtown San Antonio.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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153 reviews 153 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Fun and festive atmosphere - lots of shops to poke around and music playing. I'm not a souvenir buyer but I did find some funky clothes I wouldn't find at home. We also enjoyed watching local talent perform at the open air theater. It looked like anyone could perform so you never knew what was coming next --- people buy... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Nothing special, it's a tourist trap. A couple good restaurants, but the shopping is truly nothing special. Had hi hopes that this would feel like a little side trip to mexico, but it's not. Doesn't even have a palleteria.

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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Interesting place for Mexican art, a good place to spend the day. Artifacts and clothing from Mexico and other areas.

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132 reviews 132 reviews
82 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Good walking shoes are a must. If you are into pottery, blankets ,onyx, Mexican carvings and the such you will love it. Got to search for reasonable priced shops. Got to haggle it's a must. Good hunting..

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Bowie, Maryland
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107 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

If your into authentic Mexican pottery, blankets, hand blown glass, candy, baked goods and so on, and want to experience an authentic Mexican market without actually going to Mexico; then this is as close as your going to get and this is definitely the place for you. Is it touristy? YES, and if you aren't into the above then I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I went to the place when I was a kid in the early 80's. So thought we would bring the kids there. It has a lot of great atmosphere even the creepy Mexican Elvis. And all the shops had cool Mexican or South American items. But for what it was and where it was made it was very over priced.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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112 reviews 112 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Lots of junk for sale at El Mercado. If you like to go through lots of Mexican carvings, leather, pottery, glass, blankets, etc., go ahead. The one nice part of El Mercado was the very busy bakery that had lots of goodies for sale, but everything else just seemed really junky and I'd wished I'd skipped it in favor of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

One needs to go to El Mercado when there are a lot of people, there is music iplaying and the vendors are out cooking and selling their merchandise. With all that going on you have a great atmosphere! I was not interested at all in buying any of the merchandise except to help support the vendors. I questioned myself whether... More 

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Lots and lots and lots of stuff to spend your money on! Cheap, and probably cheaply made, but overall a must see if you go to SA.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

El Mercado is always part of my SA trip. Lots of activities occurring every time I go and like looking at the merchandise offered between the shops and restaurants. Always find something unique.

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