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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 #4 of 31 shopping in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Vienna, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Great shopping if you like cheesy, touristy, Mexican souvenirs. The item that pushed the shopping experience over the edge for us was the plastic hanger bud light aluminum bottle wind chimes for sale - only $10.99, 2 for $20. If you do go, don't forget to look for Mexican Elvis. He didn't actually sing, or play the guitar, or even... More

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Port Angeles, Washington
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went, we saw, we bought souvenirs. Okay maybe a little more to it but not much. If you're looking for pottery (house numbers or pottery) or Loteria (Mexican Bingo) or SOME leather, do shop around. Here is your Money Saving Bonus tip: the shops around the exterior seem to be cheaper than the ones in the center enclosed building:... More

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Illinois, USA
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154 reviews 154 reviews
28 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Mexican market a short walk away from the Riverwalk! El Mercado has several restaurants, street food, live music, souvenir shops, etc. It is definitely touristy, but fun nonetheless. Definitely stop by the restaurant Mi Tierra. Good food, drinks, and amazing Mexican pastries. Street vendors sell very good fruits and smoothies for great prices! There are a lot of small stalls... More

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Austin, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Not as good as going to Mexico, but not bad. The prices are higher than they would be in Mexico, and there is less opportunity to bargain.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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237 reviews 237 reviews
34 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very large Mexican marketplace, but it seems so many of the vendors sell the exact same thing. Excellent place for Mexican goods, but of course not as inexpensive as if purchased in Mexico. Good Mexican restaurants, but Guajillos is better.

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Eugene, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

To run a flea market-style shop must get old, but you'd never know it chatting with the shopkeepers at this market. Some cheesy stores in the exterior, but inside the main plaza is a good community feel and a good selection of presents to bring home, as well as home goods for decorating.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Lots of Mexican handicrafts here, but vastly overpriced compared to south of the border. And way too many signs "don't wear the hats", "you break, you buy". . . didn't make me feel comfortable shopping here. We went for our teenage daughters and they were disappointed. Better stuff to do in San Antonio.

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Spring, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My family and I loved the variety of food choices and the entertainment. We visited on March 14 and 15th and it was very busy with what appeared to be a music festival. I am not sure what El Mercado would be like on a normal day, but it was very festive and we enjoyed it! We ate at a... More

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Cabot, Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a open market that has a ton of food, shopping and sometimes people. It was fun to roam around all the stalls to see what to buy, The food vendors had a ton to offer. Best thng there is La Margarita! Great Margaritas and great food and you can sit a people watch and that in itself is... More

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Keller, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Love coming here!! Great beer prices, friendly people all around and great food choices! Must see if you enjoy Mexico!

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