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El Mercado

514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207 (Downtown)
210-207-8600
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Ranked #5 of 36 Shopping in San Antonio
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Forests
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,... more » 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. « less
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Houston, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Market square is definitely a must see in San Antonio! We bought some great souvenirs but a lot of stores have the same the so you start to see the same stuff but I love the stuff I bought. We went on Friday and not too much going on but when we back on Saturday there were a lot more... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Market square is definitely a must see in San Antonio! We bought some great souvenirs but a lot of stores have the same the so you start to see the same stuff but I love the stuff I bought. We went on Friday and not too much going on but when we back on Saturday there were a lot more... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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141 reviews 141 reviews
63 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I visited the El Mercado on a Saturday in July. It kind of reminded me of a street fair or festival - live music on a stage, food available for purchase on the streets, booths set up, etc. It was very colorful and festive. I enjoyed browsing the shops and looking at all the knickknacks they had for sale. I... More

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Old Monroe, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

El Mercado, the market, is several blocks west of the Alamo. Not too far to walk. Several shops lining both side of the pedestrian only street. The northwest end has several businesses within an air conditioned building. We felt only a few of the shops at the southeast end approached a true mexican market atmosphere. My wife and daughter found... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Close to the alamo. Shops for the souvenirs, t-shirts, snacks around Alamo. Did not care for the wax museum, fun houses that are pricey...stuff in their lobbies were all kids enjoyed!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

You might almost think you have crossed the border. All the usual tourist curios. Prices are goid and vendors will play the haggling game. Lots of fun.

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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We did enjoy looking around and strolling through the colorful and vibrant market area, but once you visit one store, you have visited them all. They all sale the same exact items! Cheaply made items, a bit cheesy, but fun souvenirs for kids and to bring home for family. The inside is wall to wall people and almost impossible to... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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173 reviews 173 reviews
122 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was very hot the day we went so we didn't spend much time with the outside shops, but there is a large indoor area that has air conditioning. A lot of Mexican type shops with some variety.

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Houston
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181 reviews 181 reviews
61 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited El Mercado about 6:15 PM one evening, and the merchants started closing down at 6:50 PM, as though they were on salaries, and didn't want to work any overtime. The merchandise is the typical schlocky junk you'd have found in any border town when it was safe to go there, but bartering is not part of the equation... More

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Illinois
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48 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a lot of fun shopping and people watching at the El Mercado market. We found convenient parking on the street close to an entrance so I could run out and feed the meter and take packages back to the car. These shops were particularly fun for those in our mid-western group who have never been to Mexico. I... More

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