The Pearl Brewery was founded in 1881, but these days this bustling complex is less about beer and more about the 15 restaurants, dozen-plus retailers and numerous family friendly events, including a twice-weekly Farmers Market, it hosts on its grounds. Start with lunch at La Gloria, chef Johnny Hernandez’s nod to interior Mexico, followed by dessert at Bakery Lorraine, where you’ll find an enticing rainbow of Parisian-style macarons just waiting to melt in your mouth. On the shopping side, a tailored guayabera from Dos Carolinas or a piece of jewelry hand-crafted by a fairly paid artisan from Ten Thousand Villages is the perfect souvenir to take home. If you can spare a night, book a room at the Pearl Brewery’s Hotel Emma, a true gem in San Antonio’s boutique hotel scene.
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The Pearl is an old brewery that's been converted into a mix-use center. It houses locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and a Saturday farmers market. The Culinary Institute of America has a campus here and runs a colorful cafe full of delectable dishes at affordable prices.