Laura’s guidebook

Laura
Laura’s guidebook

Sightseeing

Buzzy, touristy, restaurants, shops and historic
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San Antonio River Walk
849 E Commerce St
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Buzzy, touristy, restaurants, shops and historic
One of the Missions in San Antonio and The Battle of the Alamo took place here!
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Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
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One of the Missions in San Antonio and The Battle of the Alamo took place here!
Historic spot, shopping, jewelry, art galleries. Nice spot to visit while exploring downtown. "Little Village" was a native American settlement, cobblestone "streets"
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La Villita
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Historic spot, shopping, jewelry, art galleries. Nice spot to visit while exploring downtown. "Little Village" was a native American settlement, cobblestone "streets"

Food scene

I've tried to include the best from as many categories as I can in this great area : Mexican (of course), Local Chef run and operated, fine dining, casual dining, Vegan, breweries, breakfast and brunch...I will be adding more as I think of more "must recommend" places
Market days are Saturdays and Sundays mornings to early afternoon. Vibrant, kid and dog friendly. Vendors, fresh organic foods and vegetables. Live music, mimosas and people watching
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Pearl Farmers Market
312 Pearl Pkwy
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Market days are Saturdays and Sundays mornings to early afternoon. Vibrant, kid and dog friendly. Vendors, fresh organic foods and vegetables. Live music, mimosas and people watching
Great frozen margaritas, located at The Pearl
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La Gloria
100 East Grayson Street
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Great frozen margaritas, located at The Pearl
Authentic and delicious fresh Mexican coastal cuisine. You'll find 9 out of 10 guests dining here are Mexican Nationals which contributes to the Mexican vibe. Very lively...It can get very loud, though! as you'll find local musicians playing Regional accordion music
Mariscos El Marinero
1819 McCullough Ave
Authentic and delicious fresh Mexican coastal cuisine. You'll find 9 out of 10 guests dining here are Mexican Nationals which contributes to the Mexican vibe. Very lively...It can get very loud, though! as you'll find local musicians playing Regional accordion music
You cant go wrong with any Vietnamese dish at this place! Sooo good
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Singh's Vietnamese
2805 N St Mary's St
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You cant go wrong with any Vietnamese dish at this place! Sooo good
One of our best Steak houses. Fine dining, reservations required. Look nice when you go. Dining room upstairs and an outstanding bar downstairs with the most experienced Mixologists. MOst weekend nights they'll have live (jazz) music at the bar
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Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood
219 East Houston Street
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One of our best Steak houses. Fine dining, reservations required. Look nice when you go. Dining room upstairs and an outstanding bar downstairs with the most experienced Mixologists. MOst weekend nights they'll have live (jazz) music at the bar
My Breakfast or Brunch favorite!! New Orleans brunch served Tuesday -Sunday. Delectable dishes such as blue crab omelette and beignets from scratch. Mimosas, champagne and a nice wine and beer selection. There may be a wait on weekends, however well worth it.
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NOLA Brunch & Beignets
111 Kings Ct
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My Breakfast or Brunch favorite!! New Orleans brunch served Tuesday -Sunday. Delectable dishes such as blue crab omelette and beignets from scratch. Mimosas, champagne and a nice wine and beer selection. There may be a wait on weekends, however well worth it.
Newest Neighborhood brewery serving great food and nice selection of beer!! Nice, sleek atmosphere, fresh ingredients, friendly staff.. Just a few blocks from here. For some reason the name keeps disappearing, lol, Its called "Back Unturned"
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Back Unturned Brewing Co.
516 Brooklyn Avenue
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Newest Neighborhood brewery serving great food and nice selection of beer!! Nice, sleek atmosphere, fresh ingredients, friendly staff.. Just a few blocks from here. For some reason the name keeps disappearing, lol, Its called "Back Unturned"
Located at The Pearl in an extraordinary setting. Fine casual dining, exceptional comfort food and service. Crab claws, Fresh market oysters, Seafood tower, Burgers. Open for lunch and dinner and serving Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays
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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
136 E Grayson St
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Located at The Pearl in an extraordinary setting. Fine casual dining, exceptional comfort food and service. Crab claws, Fresh market oysters, Seafood tower, Burgers. Open for lunch and dinner and serving Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays
The Cove is known for SOL food (Sustainable, Organic, Local!). Very yummy, plus, you may be treated to free live music 😊
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The Cove
606 West Cypress Street
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The Cove is known for SOL food (Sustainable, Organic, Local!). Very yummy, plus, you may be treated to free live music 😊
Neighborhood vegan restaurant with good reviews
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Vegan Avenue On Main
2512 North Main Avenue
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Neighborhood vegan restaurant with good reviews

Neighborhoods

One of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio. Victorian mansions, art galleries, restaurants
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King William
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One of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio. Victorian mansions, art galleries, restaurants
You're in it! Take a look around this historic district. Diverse, eclectic and thriving neighborhood with cool houses of different styles and stages of repair side by side. Lots of character. Tobin Hill is an historic part of San Antonio with a history going back hundreds of years. With so many cool spots, chill places, museums, parks, bars, waterways, restaurants, galleries, murals, gay strip, The iconic Pearl at walking distance, Few minutes from downtown. Peddlers are all over the area on biking trails. Hip, friendly faces, smiles and the best vibe.
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Tobin Hill
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You're in it! Take a look around this historic district. Diverse, eclectic and thriving neighborhood with cool houses of different styles and stages of repair side by side. Lots of character. Tobin Hill is an historic part of San Antonio with a history going back hundreds of years. With so many cool spots, chill places, museums, parks, bars, waterways, restaurants, galleries, murals, gay strip, The iconic Pearl at walking distance, Few minutes from downtown. Peddlers are all over the area on biking trails. Hip, friendly faces, smiles and the best vibe.

Shopping

3 block outdoor Plaza lined with shops selling Mexican curios and more! Sights and flavors of old Mexico. Food and live music most of the days of the week.
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Historic Market Square
514 West Commerce Street
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3 block outdoor Plaza lined with shops selling Mexican curios and more! Sights and flavors of old Mexico. Food and live music most of the days of the week.

Museums and Galleries

San Antonio Museum of Art or "SAMA", located on the river in beautiful residential Tobin Hill Historic District, walking distance from my Airbnb. Sometimes there are events taking place here with an artsy classy vibe
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San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
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San Antonio Museum of Art or "SAMA", located on the river in beautiful residential Tobin Hill Historic District, walking distance from my Airbnb. Sometimes there are events taking place here with an artsy classy vibe
Modern Art Museum, 19th -20th century European and American Art
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McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
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Modern Art Museum, 19th -20th century European and American Art
Enjoy Texas and so much more. Nature, science and culture!!
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Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
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Enjoy Texas and so much more. Nature, science and culture!!
Beautiful, large Interactive museum for kids promoting learning and discovery
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The DoSeum
2800 Broadway Street
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Beautiful, large Interactive museum for kids promoting learning and discovery
Vibrant culture of Western United States. Artifacts and art work depicting the American Cowboy, American Indian and the Vaquero. Permanent collection. Located right on the banks of historic Riverwalk
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Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 West Market Street
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Vibrant culture of Western United States. Artifacts and art work depicting the American Cowboy, American Indian and the Vaquero. Permanent collection. Located right on the banks of historic Riverwalk

Hiking Trails, Biking Trails, Rivers, Camping,

For those outdoorsy, nature lovers! Not all parks and areas I've listed allow for all the activities described in the category title so be sure to read the description and google the place for additional info. Have fun!!
Beautiful Natural State Area. Pristine hills and canyons, rivers. The changing of the leaves in mid fall is amazing to witness. There is a watering hole for swimming. Camping available by reserving way in advance. Less than two hour drive from San Antonio.
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Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187
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Beautiful Natural State Area. Pristine hills and canyons, rivers. The changing of the leaves in mid fall is amazing to witness. There is a watering hole for swimming. Camping available by reserving way in advance. Less than two hour drive from San Antonio.
The scenery, rock formations are magical! You can hike to the top of the pink, massive rock formation for spectacular views of the hill country. Camping, hiking, bird watching, you can picnic, just note that you cannot ride bikes on trails.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965
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The scenery, rock formations are magical! You can hike to the top of the pink, massive rock formation for spectacular views of the hill country. Camping, hiking, bird watching, you can picnic, just note that you cannot ride bikes on trails.
State park in our beautiful scenic hill country. Hiking, biking, mountain biking, camping, swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, horse riding. Beautiful.. Be careful with the river water levels!!
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Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
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State park in our beautiful scenic hill country. Hiking, biking, mountain biking, camping, swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, horse riding. Beautiful.. Be careful with the river water levels!!
Beautiful park is located about a mile from my house. A perennial favorite with natives and visitors! You can do and see a lot of things like hike (very light hiking), bike ride, walking trails, picnic, golf, bird watching. There are attractions such as the Japanese Tea Garden and the ZOO!
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Brackenridge Park
3700 North Saint Mary's Street
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Beautiful park is located about a mile from my house. A perennial favorite with natives and visitors! You can do and see a lot of things like hike (very light hiking), bike ride, walking trails, picnic, golf, bird watching. There are attractions such as the Japanese Tea Garden and the ZOO!