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Address: 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207-8102
Phone Number: 210-207-8600
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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The largest Mexican Market in the U.S.

My wife and I spent one afternoon here during a recent visit to San Antonio. Not sure this is a must-see spot for visitors to San Antonio but we enjoyed our afternoon. El Mercado... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Disappointed..... not like days of old where regular people had their wares on tables, etc.... now all is air conditioned, everyone has almost same mexican merchandise..... no reason for me to return.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent one afternoon here during a recent visit to San Antonio. Not sure this is a must-see spot for visitors to San Antonio but we enjoyed our afternoon. El Mercado is a three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio’s city center, Market Square. It is one of America’s top-ten outdoor... More 

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Dix Hills, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This colorful location has lots of vendors selling mostly the same things. There are indoor and outdoor areas as well as a farmers market. There are also 2 full service restaurants, both owned by the same family, with one opened 24 hours!

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really the market is not all that wonderful though it does feel like you are stepping into Mexico. We love eating at Mi Tierra in the market, its not super fancy but the food is always good and it is nostalgic for us.

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New Jersey
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Same type of stores carrying the same kind of silly souveniers. Could have done this in 1/2 hour. Won't go back.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First- everything is over priced, so don't buy anything! But.... the vibe here is just full of life, color, and a blend of Mexican/Texas culture. I always bring visitors here, as it's a great collection of things unique to the area.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay for a quick look round. Nothing special. There was some live music on the Saturday night we visited. There was a big crowd, however the bands were less than mediocre.

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St. Louis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited El Mercado twice. The first time just to look around. We had an aqua fresca and listened to live music and watched some dance performances. Very fun. The second time was to find some trinkets to take home to the grandkids. I would go again when I come back to San Antonio.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place to shop and eat. Bring cash they do have ATM's inside but not very close by. We went on Labor Day weekend

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McDonough, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had expected a more 'authentic' atmosphere, perhaps similar to San Francisco's Chinatown -- but it seemed very touristy and commercial to me. Just not my thing.

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