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El Mercado

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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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It was ok

We went on our 1st Anniversary trip and.this was one of the places we decided to come to. It was nice but the majority of the stuff they sell is way overpriced. Like a bracelet... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We went on our 1st Anniversary trip and.this was one of the places we decided to come to. It was nice but the majority of the stuff they sell is way overpriced. Like a bracelet you can get on the border or in Mexico for less than a dollar they were charging $7 for here. Nothing too fancy or different.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Lots of apparently handcrafted items from hats, to belts to dolls, to ....visiting El Mercado I saw my first booth that sold only baptismal gowns for infants. There's lots of duplication, but in an hour here you will probably see something you've never seen before. On the double deck bus line, all on one lever (stroller and wheelchair friendly) food... More 

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Oksboel, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

El Mercado is located between W. Commerce Street and Dolorosa in the western part of downtown. We have visited El Mercado every time we visit San Antonio. It is of course very touristed, but at least for a foreigner it is a special experience.

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Granite City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a great market to find a large variety of Mexican goods ranging from hand crafted items to pottery as well as some Mexican foods.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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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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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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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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