There are some cities that simply have a signature style all their own. The moment you step off the plane you see it everywhere you go and the longer you stay, the richer the local culture becomes. Case in point: San Antonio, Texas.
Yes, San Antone’s roots run deep and it’s a city that exudes and proudly touts its signature style. A little cowboy, a lot Hispanic and incredibly approachable, San Antonio locals create and reside within a bright and lively culture (that also just so happens to mean some of the best local artisan shopping around).
And with warm summer months and beautifully temperate weather the rest of the year, there’s really no bad time to book a trip and explore San Antonio. Next time you head south to the Lonestar State, make sure you make time to shop the wonderfully diverse local artisans and boutiques San Antonio has to offer.
Here’s a quick hit list of our favorite places to appreciate local artisans (and for a little retail therapy) when in Alamo City...
Fiesta on Main - Located in two beautiful and historic buildings and just minutes from downtown, Fiesta on Main is a must-visit stop for all things quintessentially San Antonio. Fiesta decor, books, clothing, folk art, home goods, plus toys and games - you’ll find countless treasures packed into the space.
Blue Star Arts Complex - San Antonio’s longest-running contemporary art space is also home to one of the best markets for local artists. Sundays feature a pop-up market, but there are also brick-and-mortar shops, including Tatum Originals, Mockingbird Handprints and Blue Star Provisions.
Alamo Heights Farmers Market - Local farmers markets are one of our favorite ways to get the flavor of a city, and Alamo Heights, open year round on Sundays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., is no exception. Stroll booths of fresh local fare and bring it back to your travel apartment for a locally sourced dinner at your very own home away from home.
Shops at Pearl - Home to more than a dozen local boutiques, the 22-acre Pearl site is a historic mixed-use space with retail, restaurants, open green spaces, and a riverside amphitheater. Make sure to check out two of our favorite shops: Ten Thousand Villages and Feliz Modern Pop.
St. Mary’s Strip - If you’re looking for the hip, young neighborhood with nightclubs, coffee shops and plenty of locally-owned boutiques, make your way to St. Mary’s Strip. You’ll find some of the best vintage shops in town, including Montage.
The Shops at La Cantera - We get it - sometimes you need a mall. The Shops at La Cantera is an open-air shopping center with all of the run-of-the-mill high end retailers you’d expect. Pro tip: Tiny Cantina and Luciano offer beer and wine to-go so you can sip while you shop, taking your drink with you around the mall.
The Alley on Bitters - Also known as Artisan Alley, this collection of shops, restaurants, and artisan workshops is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Browse, lunch and get creative all in one day.
The Twig Book Shop - This great book shop is actually located at the Pearl, but we felt it deserved it’s own callout. Get lost in row after row of books, or hang around for an in-store reading or event. Locals love this little book shop, and you will, too.
Hogwild Records - We love this indie darling music store for many reasons, but mostly because they still carry CDs and (gasp!) cassette tapes. Bring your teen, tween or kiddo and blow their mind.
Bussey’s Flea Market - A good flea market should be no fuss, no muss and boy, does Bussey’s deliver. Meet locals, indulge in carnival-style eats, find hidden treasures and take your pic with a giant armadillo.
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After all that stimulating of the local San Antonio economy, you’ll need a comfy place to kick up your heels (or recently acquired vintage cowboy boots). We currently offer travel apartments at two downtown San Antonio properties, including Stay Alfred on Rivera at Broadway and Stay Alfred on 9th Street.
Stay Alfred on Rivera at Broadway is located just blocks from the Pearl and right across from Maverick Park. This particular property features resort-style amenities, including an outdoor pool and bbq stations, fitness and business centers, plus a rooftop terrace. Travel apartments include 1 or 2 bedrooms and plenty of room to spread out and feel at home with a full kitchen, washer and dryer combo, plus free wifi throughout.
Stay Alfred on 9th Street is right by San Atonio’s famous Riverwalk and tons of tempting restaurants. Property amenities like an infinity pool, rec room and fitness center with yoga studio offer guests on-site relaxation. Travel apartments can sleep up to 4 people and, yes, every unit has AC so you can keep cool and comfy.