A Guide to San Antonio North
Collected by Allison Murray , AFAR Contributor
San Antonio boasts a wealth of natural beauty and cultural diversity that is heavily steeped in history. From the multicultural cuisine, to the viticulture in Hill Country, to local music scene, San Antonio is an opportunity to learn, laugh, and grow.
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Spc 1430, San Antonio, TX 78256, USA
You don't have to leave the Texas sunshine behind to get a little shopping done at The Shops at La Cantera. The outdoor shopping mall is home to some of the most elite names in retail including Neiman Marcus, Burberry, bebe and Tiffany & Co., but...
Hill Country, San Antonio, TX 78247, USA
Texas Wine Tours offers a number of different tour packages to get out and experience the best Hill Country wineries, including Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg Winery, Santa Maria Cellars, and many more just outside San Antonio. There are...
Boerne Stage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78257, USA
The legendary Leon Springs Dance Hall is a true Texas tradition. Attending a weekend concert is a great way to connect with locals & gain a better appreciation for country music, as well as dust off your dancing shoes—after all, that's what it's...
6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA
Dough Pizzeria makes use of fresh ingredients to produce a pizza for which people are willing to wait. And, while there's no shortage of barbecue in Texas, Dough offers a large number of vegetarian options (salads, pizzas). Also available are...
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens offer much more than diverse and beautiful flora—they also provide you with a greater sense for the city and state's history. The photo shows one of several buildings in the gardens; this one an authentic Pineywoods...
122 Madison, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA
2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230, USA
Ernesto's, tucked away in a strip mall in San Antonio, is a little gem of a family-run restaurant that is known for personable, friendly service and great food. (Having been in business for some 32 years, they must be doing something right.) The...
8910 Bandera Rd #205, San Antonio, TX 78250, USA
Painting with a Twist is a great way to enjoy an evening immersed in creativity while surrounded by friends. The concept is as follows: a painting is selected for the evening that everyone attempts to replicate on their own canvas, all while...
1414 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210, USA
Bike shops can be a great place for travelers to get information on unique sites and travel experiences. We often stop into bike shops in a new city to talk to the staff and find out if there are good places to ride. Marty, the manager at the Blue...
6740 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA
While heading out to raucous clubs can be a good time every now and then, sometimes you just want to listen to some good music and chill out for the evening. Luna offers a host of live music shows (check their website for upcoming artists), boasts...
1414 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210, USA
The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is the first and longest running venue for contemporary and modern art in San Antonio. It features a plethora of exhibitions each year and always has something going on at the museum. It also hosts concerts...
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA
Natural Bridge Caverns are truly some of the of spectacular caves in North America, and one of the largest in the state of Texas (which is, as we all know, known for big things). There are a number of different tour options, from their most basic...
24152 Interstate 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257, USA
As a friend of mine once said, "The state motto of Texas should be, 'Texas: Where the barbecue in our airports is better than any you'll find in your home state.'" It just wouldn't be a visit to Texas without some barbecue beef brisket, and Rudy's...
2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213, USA
La Fogata offers traditional Mexican cuisine in a convivial atmosphere, with a large patio dining area that's wonderful in the evening. They're perhaps best known for their margaritas, so bring friends and make the most of it! Also, if you're a...
723 S Brazos St, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, founded in 1980, is committed to preserving & fostering the appreciation and growth of Latino and Chicano culture in San Antonio, through a variety of media. It accomplishes this through exhibitions, educational...
919 W Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201, USA
I did some research before our trip to San Antonio and reached out to some friends that are San Antonio natives. One friend who grew up in San Antonio said that Rolando's Super Taco is the "most authentic place in San Antonio" and we had to agree!...
10003 NW Military Hwy #2115, San Antonio, TX 78230, USA
We saw signs that this trend is changing, but healthy food is hard to come by in San Antonio. It's a city where Mexican food, Tex-Mex, and soul food prevail. Queso and fried food tend to dominate the menus in this fine city where good, tasty food...
700 E Sonterra Blvd #1113, San Antonio, TX 78258, USA
Local Coffee is a San Antonio institution committed to carefully crafted coffee. Both locations (Alamo Heights and Stone Oak) have a hip, contemporary coffee culture vibe and are a great place to sit and sip. Local Coffee sources their beans from...
21395 Milsa Dr, San Antonio, TX 78256, USA
The Friedrich Wilderness Park, not far from downtown San Antonio, allows you to escape the city along trails throughout the 200 plus acres of this natural oasis. Make your way through live oak and juniper groves, opening into meadows, and keep an...
4421 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA
Sol Y Luna is what a local bakery should be—a winning combination of fresh breads, pastries, and confections, along with a friendly and courteous atmosphere. It's a good place to stop by for a croissant and a coffee in the morning; or even stock...
6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Located in the former Spanish Colonial Revival home of art collector Marion McNay, this museum opened its doors in 1954 as the first for modern art in San Antonio and has been drawing crowds ever since with its diverse, interesting...
555 W Bitters Rd, Hill Country Village, TX 78232, USA
The Alley on Bitters is a great place to wander. It occupies the land where a 19th century dairy farm once stood, and there's still a great deal of character and old school charm. Meander past arts & crafts shops, antique dealers, and boutiques,...
423 W Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
Montage is a hip, and highly curated collection of vintage men's and women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories, focused on the 1940's through the 1990's. The jewelry is particularly worthy of note, as much of their collection is made from broken...
10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214, USA
Mission Espada was the first mission set up in Texas, and dates to the mid 1700's. It remains an active parish today, and an interesting place to visit. Far from a relic, Espada allows visitors to experience its involvement with the local...
Downtown, San Antonio, TX, USA
In the early part of this century there has been a push by almost every large city to rejuvenate their urban centers and make them better places to live and work. San Antonio is a city that got this equation right. Downtown San Antonio has...
242 State Highway 46 West, Boerne, TX 78006, USA
As an archaeology buff, I must say I'm a sucker for reconstructions and historical reenactments, and if you're at all interested in a peek at the Old West, Enchanted Springs Ranch offers that & more. Walking down a main street and hearing the dirt...
16652 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78232, USA
Saweet Cupcakes in San Antonio is a small, family-owned business that is big on flavor. Alongside the standards, new flavors appear regularly, as they're constantly experimenting, so you never know what might encounter. In addition to their...
5223 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
It's hard not to immediately think of the coffeehouse in the television show, "Friends," when you hear the name Olmos Perk for the first time. But maybe that's a good thing. This coffeehouse prides itself on good coffee and good company, and has a...
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