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El Mercado

514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207 (Downtown)
210-207-8600
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As featured in 3 days in San Antonio
Ranked #5 of 32 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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Old Monroe, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

You might almost think you have crossed the border. All the usual tourist curios. Prices are goid and vendors will play the haggling game. Lots of fun.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We did enjoy looking around and strolling through the colorful and vibrant market area, but once you visit one store, you have visited them all. They all sale the same exact items! Cheaply made items, a bit cheesy, but fun souvenirs for kids and to bring home for family. The inside is wall to wall people and almost impossible to... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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103 reviews 103 reviews
69 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was very hot the day we went so we didn't spend much time with the outside shops, but there is a large indoor area that has air conditioning. A lot of Mexican type shops with some variety.

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Houston
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178 reviews 178 reviews
61 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited El Mercado about 6:15 PM one evening, and the merchants started closing down at 6:50 PM, as though they were on salaries, and didn't want to work any overtime. The merchandise is the typical schlocky junk you'd have found in any border town when it was safe to go there, but bartering is not part of the equation... More

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Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
48 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a lot of fun shopping and people watching at the El Mercado market. We found convenient parking on the street close to an entrance so I could run out and feed the meter and take packages back to the car. These shops were particularly fun for those in our mid-western group who have never been to Mexico. I... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Noisy, colourful, a lot of tat. But somehow you enjoy it anyway. We watched some adorable little girls from a local dancing school displaying their skills. Aaah! Good fun.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Designed to have the feel of a little piece of Mexico, the market is a unique part of San Antonio. Many souvenir shops line the market, so if you are wanting to go to one place to do your touristy shopping, this would probably be the place. However, you cannot escape the touristy feel even though I know locals will... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Totally enjoyed walking around the EL Mercado market. the vendor food was better than the Mexican food we had at a restaurant on the River Walk and the bands were very enjoyable to sit and listen to. You could buy a COLD 16 oz domestic can of beer and enjoy it will walking around and visiting the outdoor merchants.There were... More

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