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El Mercado, San Antonio, Texas

Embrace the rich culture and vibrant urban surroundings of San Antonio’s El Mercado, part of our San Antonio bus trip. A stop along the River Walk in San Antonio, get lost in authentic Mexican dining and music enriched with a fascinating legacy of public markets full of bright, bold colors and fantastic treasures and treats.
 
History of El Mercado
San Antonians have been gathering in El Mercado often called Historic Market Square since the 1820s. Occupying two blocks of plazas and historic buildings full of shops, eateries and art galleries, today it’s known as the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico.
El Mercado, San Antonio, Texas

El Mercado, San Antonio Texas

El Mercado, San Antonio, Texas El Mercado, San Antonio Texas

Visiting San Antonio’s El Mercado

Experience the thriving Mexican culture as you taste authentic Mexican food, browse through Mexican stores and delight in Mexican celebrations all in El Mercado.
 
Shopping in San Antonio’s El Mercado
Boasting numerous farmers’ market and artisan stalls as well as 32 shops, you are sure to find the perfect gift for a loved one, or that special keepsake to remember your time in San Antonio.
 
El Mercado
With over 32 shops, the delightful experience of unique shopping awaits you in El Mercado. Discover authentic leather, piñatas, Mexican candy and ice cream, jewelry, Mexican dresses, stained glass, art, pottery, blankets and many other goods influenced by the Mexican culture. 
 
Farmers Market Plaza
Just across the way, the Farmers Market Plaza is home to a unique combination of the cultural, artistic and ethnic influences of the Southwest and south of the border. Fresh fruits and vegetables, handcrafted Mexican jewelry and over 80 specialty shops await you in Farmers Market Plaza.  
 
Dining in El Mercado 
With a cross section of restaurants, there are plenty of places to refuel after a busy morning of shopping in El Mercado. Take advantage of the rich Mexican culture and try authentic Mexican cuisine that’s bursting with flavor.
 
Mi Tierra Café & Bakery
Opened 24-hours a day, decorated with Christmas lights year round and often occupied by Mariachi musicians, Mi Tierra Café & Bakery is a lively scene where you can indulge in a huge selection of classic Tex-Mex dishes. 
 
La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar
The family-run La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar is the “Mecca of Mexican cuisine.” Try sizzling fajitas, or the best margaritas in town at La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar, where the most exciting dishes from across the border are presented to the most discriminating tastes. 
 
Farmers Market Food Court
Looking for something you can eat on the go? The Farmers Market Food Court offers an excellent variety of all your favorite Mexican dishes. 
 

Entertainment at El Mercado

As you make your way through El Mercado, delight in musical ensembles, dance troupes and food and craft booths all overflowing with Mexican culture. The celebratory hub of central San Antonio, today Historic Market Square is the site of Cinco de Mayo, Fiesta del Mercado and many other traditional Mexican celebrations. Regardless of when you visit, you’re sure to hear the exciting sounds and see the lively sights that reflect Mexican traditions.