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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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Frisco, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My husband and I go through San Antonio several times a year, and always make it a point to visit El Mercado. The location is easy to get to, and the cobbled street and mariachi's give you a relaxed but exciting feeling. One of our favorite shops is El Pueblita, next to Mi Tierra's where I invariably walk away with... More

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Visited this market twice during our visit. On the Thursday we went (around 11am), many of the shops were closed, there was no street music, and the stands (food and wares) in the square itself were closed. A Saturday visit was much different!! Saturday afternoon, there were the sounds and smells we had expected. The middle of the market had... More

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Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fun to walk through. Prices too high. Lots of souvenirs from China rather than Mexico. Buyer beware.

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Clearwater, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Wandering through the many shops from Mexico and Latin America put me in a happy mood as I listened to the music and heard the merchants speak.

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North Richland Hills, TX
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Spent a couple of hours here before going to the River Walk. Like the others said it's the same stuff at all the shops, and some of the prices were a little high but enjoyed it. Not sure if I would go back again if I visit San Antonio again but was worth the couple hours it took to see... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If your in San Antonio El Mercando is the place to go for souvenir shopping for family and friends; loaded with little shops of all types your sure to take care of everyone's needs. If you do go to El Mercado stop off at Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery for satisfy the hunger from all that shopping.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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130 reviews 130 reviews
19 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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115 reviews 115 reviews
36 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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