I'm a San Antonio resident, and like to visit the Pearl occasionally on Saturday mornings for the farmer's market. As other reviewers have mentioned, the Pearl is a work in progress. The urban residence/retail development is centered around a handful of striking buildings of a former brewery. There are several restaurants, shops selling clothes, gifts, kitchen goods and books, and a bike shop. My advice to tourists wishing to visit is to come on a Saturday morning or check the Pearl's website for special events (like the Paella challenge or Meatopia). A river taxi ride from downtown is leisurely and enjoyable, and if you somehow miss the taxi, it's not a difficult walk back. The Pearl will probably not be your first destination if you visit SA, but it is a fun place when events are happening there.
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