Photo by Tracey Maurer, courtesy of City of San Antonio
No visit to San Antonio is complete without spending at least a few hours in Market Square, a sprawling indoor mall that’s among the largest of its kind outside of Mexico. Stroll past wares ranging from piñatas and pottery to accordions and cowboy hats, taking in all the different colors. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, fuel up at one of the many on-site eateries, such as Mi Tierra or La Margarita, or head to the stage for some live entertainment.
Walking into El Mercado Market Square is like entering another world, with its rows of color climbing the walls and hugging the aisles. It's the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. A San Antonio trolley will drop you off here for free. The market offers shopping, dining, occasional events, and an authentic Mexican experience. I walked away with a beautiful hand-crafted metal cross, two rings, and a croaking wooden frog.