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Address: 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone Number: 210-207-8600
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Description: Market Square, known as El Mercado by locals, is a great place to shop...
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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A neat area filled with lots of shops and food vendors. Some shops face outdoors but then there's the main (air-conditioned) building with lots of little indoor stalls. The bulk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A neat area filled with lots of shops and food vendors. Some shops face outdoors but then there's the main (air-conditioned) building with lots of little indoor stalls. The bulk of the stores sell traditional Mexican wares (stonework, blankets, trinkets, etc.) - some of which are actually made in China. But every now and then you find a unique store... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nice to experience if you like large crowds and shopping. I thought it was just okay, only stayed for about an hour and it was enough.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

loved this place, very colorful and lively, my husband and I decided to buy leather goods at couple of the stands ( there are several) , prices were phenomenal, he bought a 3/4 length jacket made of the softest Italian leather, cost $90.00, I found a great leather bag I paid $45.00, You could make some damage to your wallet... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I initially had a hard time figuring out what the difference was between "El Mercado" that I had read about online and "Market Square" to which signs around San Antonio pointed. I believe them to be the same thing, or perhaps Market Square is the name of one of the indoor buildings at El Mercado. Either way - GO to... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The downtown location for shopping, seems like stepping acroos the border into old Mexico. From food and spices to clothes, onyx chess sets and steer horns, all is to be found there. Local resteraunts are close and offer true Tex-Mex cuisine. A must see / visit if you are in San Antonio, close to downtown and the Riverwalk. Not a... More 

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Lakeland, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

A colorful area of indoor and outdoor shops along with restaurants, street food, musicians, performers, buskers, and general people watching. A great way to spend time in San Antonio. Many vendors are local artists...but beware of the trinkets made in Asia. Some vendors will bargain, some will not. Many wares are manufactured in Mexico.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Awesome Mexican pottery,collectibles,food and dresses.I had a fab time at the shops.Wonderful artwork and authentic Mexican goods!

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

You MUST come and visit El Mercado while in San Antonio. This is a fun place to shop and there is so much to see. There are restaurants and other food vendors there (try the churros from one of the vendor booths, fresh and Excellent). I love El Mercado. It can be crowded, but somehow that adds to the charm.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I love walking through here every time I visit, but this last time I thought there really lacked a sense of diversity in the shops. I felt like they all had the same things. Still fun to see and experience and definitely worth going to,but just couldn't give it the 5th star because of that.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Many shops with mostly the same items. Easy to get to on the trolley and if you get the right driver they will share some of the history of San Antonio while driving.

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Address: 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone Number: 210-207-8600
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown

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