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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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A big Flea Market with a Mexican flair.

It was nice to get the "Mexican" feel although I didn't find anything that excited me enough to bring back home to Canada. Just a lot of crafty, kitschy cheap finds. I was hoping... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Sherisunshine
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Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Nice place to wander round, lots to look at but nothing that made me want to buy. After a few stalls the items seem to repeat so can get a bit repetitive. If you love Mexican items I bet you could spend a fortune.

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It was nice to get the "Mexican" feel although I didn't find anything that excited me enough to bring back home to Canada. Just a lot of crafty, kitschy cheap finds. I was hoping to find something of quality but ended up with nothing. Got bored quickly seeing the same stuff over and over. The Mi Tierra Café and Bakery... More 

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loysville, pa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Except its the same stuff over and over- glassware, tiles, hats, clothes, pottery. Too packed to enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We used to live is South Texas and loved going across to Mexico. When we visit Texas we usually don't get further south than San Antonio. A trip to the Market gives us that South Texas feel we miss without the drive! Worth it to wander through and at least stock up on vanilla!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This shopping market has items from Mexico. Every shop has almost the same items. I did find one unique shop that had the onyx and iron wood animals that come from a region of Mexico for sale. A few food vendors. Most shops don't bargain on the price like they might do in Mexico but will give a discount for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The mercado was pretty neat. Many of the vendors were selling the same junk as they guy next to them, but I stumbled into a glass shop that sold beautiful handmade pitcher and glasses sets. I was in love. Hence the title of this review... 👍

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Having visit the Mercado many times and San Antonio. I learned that locals usually never shop at this place. Prices are cater for tourists. I was looking for Religious items since I'm Catholic and I usually gift religious stuff during Christmas. I travel to San Antonio once a year since I really love the culture and the city. I started... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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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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