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El Mercado

514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207 (Downtown)
210-207-8600
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Ranked #4 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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Chennai (Madras), India
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for some Mexican wares and culture , this is the place. A slice of Mexico in US and be ready to splurge if you really like what you see and want to buy it.Something you really shouldn't miss is this beautiful designed tiles that could be used outside your house to show your house number. Lot... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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127 reviews 127 reviews
19 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed an afternoon walking around the outdoor/indoor market window shopping, sampling regional Mexican cuisine (there are a couple of restaurants and outdoor stands), and listening to live music. We also watched a dancing exhibition inside - children performing cultural dance routines. Alcohol is served, and people carry their beverages around, which creates a fun/lively vibe without... More

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Driftwood, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I've lived here 15 years and never knew this existed! Boy was I missing out! There are two large buildings, everyone in the shops is so nice and helpful, there's entertainment, food, and very unique items to choose from. From wall switch plates to ranch gate decorations, clothing, purses to jewelry, pottery and chocolate. Lots of fun! Very stroller, wheelchair,... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

El Mercado has a street fair type atmosphere. Aside from shopping, there excellent restaurants and downtown trolley tickets can be purchased at some of the shops.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place to find souvenir, food.. Drink. I love this place. Put some walking shoes on because there our Many attractions to see near by.

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Houston, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 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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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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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4 attraction reviews
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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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