Too cool for words. The Alamo Quarry Market is an outdoor shopping mall with huge smokestacks and a factory flair. Stores like Whole Foods and Restoration Hardware make the grade here.
The Alamo Quarry Market offers a unique twist on shopping in San Antonio. The outdoor lifestyle center was built on the abandoned site of the 100-year-old Alamo Cement Plant, and still retains the original five smokestacks and a factory feel with a clean and modern twist.
The stores are as varied as the architectural details here. Familiar retailers like Ann Taylor, Restoration Hardware, Banana Republic, GAP and Pottery Barn share curb appeal with boutique specialty stores such as Lucchese Boot Co., 20 Nine Restaurant & Wine Bar and Club Humidor.
As a lifestyle center, the Alamo Quarry Market offers so much more than simply shopping. Services like salons and spas create an exciting presence, and foodies can explore Whole Foods market for exotic and healthy gourmet items.
As one of the premier and architecturally significant shopping centers in the country, the Alamo Quarry Market has won numerous design and preservation awards. Along with the original five smokestacks, the center's design also incorporates the rock-crusher building and the clinker building from the original cement plant.
The nearly 600,000-square-foot center is also home to a movie megaplex and plenty of restaurants to suit every taste. Offerings include P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, J. Alexander's, Canyon Cafe, Joe's Crab Shack and Piatti Italian Ristorante.
Get ready for a whole lotta treasure huntin' at Bussey's Flea Market, just north of San Antonio. This shopping destination features furniture, crafts, books, clothing, and a giant Armadillo sculpture to mark the spot.
Slip your tootsies into the finest, custom-made leather boots in Texas. The Lucchese Boot Company uses premium grade leathers and near-perfect skins for the ultimate kickers
Experience one-of-a-kind shopping in San Antonio. Explore the plazas of Market Square, with its family-owned cafes, working artists and the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande, also known as El Mercado.
Market Square is known as one of the most unique and authentic shopping experiences in San Antonio. Fashioned like a genuine Mexican Mercado, Market Square is one of the largest markets in South Texas with more than 50 shops, restaurants and artisans for your entertainment and shopping pleasure.
Locals call Market Square "El Mercado" for good reason. It is the heart of shopping and the location of vibrant festivals and cultural activities in downtown San Antonio. You'll find storefronts filled with Mexican imports, jewelry and collectibles, Latin American hand-embroidered clothing, art from Mexico, leather goods and cowboy hats, serapes, ceramics, sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, just to name a few.
On the west edge of downtown San Antonio, Market Square is ideally located within walking distance from the Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk.
The colorful and energetic shopping experience includes a pedestrian plaza within a 3-square-block area, where working artists demonstrate their talents for visitors. Some will even create a custom-made item while you wait. The changing roster of working artists include those skilled at caricature drawing, pottery, face painting, blacksmithing, building wooden toys, photographing nature and painting fine art. The El Mercado section of Market Square is an indoor area with 32 shops and cafes. Shoppers can sip on margaritas, as strolling mariachi bands fill the air with sweet sounds. Mi Tierra Café & Bakery is practically an institution in San Antonio and worth seeking out.
Celebrate the vibrant culture of San Antonio here at Market Square during special occasions like Fiesta in April, Cinco de Mayo in May, a Fourth of July celebration with a unique style in July, Diez y Seis in September, a Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead presentation in November, and Fiestas Navidenas in December.
While shopping in San Antonio be sure to browse the Melissa Guerra store, where you'll find exquisitely crafted Latin American items for the home and table.
Shop 'til you drop at The Shops at La Cantera, a premier upscale shopping plaza and outdoor mall. High-end stores and breathtaking waterfalls make the experience utterly divine.