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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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Great place to go get some neat little gifts or souvenirs of your San Antonio visit. We picked up some decorations for our new house thee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Marble Falls, Texas
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Brownsville, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Being to san Antonio and first time we visited the Mercado. Great place with a great variety of latino goods and foods. Great plact to get inexpensive suveniers.

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Marble Falls, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great place to go get some neat little gifts or souvenirs of your San Antonio visit. We picked up some decorations for our new house thee.

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Bowie, Maryland
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260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I know it's a "touristy" place but I'm from San Antonio and every time I come to visit I have to visit the Mercado. This time I was with my grandkids - their first time and we had a blast, I love buying the jewelry here and I found some really great pieces here, things I had never seen before,... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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197 reviews 197 reviews
92 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is completely for the tourist. It was fun to take a stroll through and look at everything. Even talked with several nice people who took notice of our stroller having not a baby baby but our fur baby riding in it. Yes, lots of the shops have pretty much the same thing. But, I'm not all disappointed that we... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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42 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I thought this was an interesting place to visit. I had lunch at Mi Terra, wandered through the shops. The first day I stopped, I spent a few hours. The second day I stopped was a Friday and there were bands playing really great music. There was a lot of positive energy here. Area is easy to walk to from... More 

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Allegany, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Yes, it is a tourist trap, but fun to wander. There are so many little places to try. You will come home with something.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Walked a long way through a run down section of town and was completely underwhelmed. Shops were tired and all the same.

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Palm City, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

As a world traveler, I found the El Mercado to be a disappointment. We arrived at 5 pm with not many people there. Stalls of typical Mexican ware were found in an enclosed building that ran the length of the walkway on one side . The other side had two main restaurants. My husband and I ate at Mi Tierra... More 

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West Islip, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We visited El Mercado on Sunday, and maybe this was a reason it was so crowded. Lots of music, cheap places to eat, very standard (typical for Mexico) souvenirs. Wouldn't go back.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Clearly meant for tourists. Nice "Mexican feel" but most of the vendors sell the same Mexican crafts. However, the prices were excellent and if you want a well-priced souvenir it is a good place to go. There are some good restaurants there too, like Mi Tierra and La Margarita. If you want more upscale crafts, go to La Villeta by... More 

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