Guidebook for San Antonio

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Guidebook for San Antonio

Food Scene

The Pearl is all about food, and you won't go wrong at any of the restaurants in this restored brewery. Most fun is to check out the weekend farmer's market--sample tamales and other freshly made delicacies. It's a short drive or a nice long walk along the River to get there.
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Pearl Farmers Market
312 Pearl Pkwy
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The Pearl is all about food, and you won't go wrong at any of the restaurants in this restored brewery. Most fun is to check out the weekend farmer's market--sample tamales and other freshly made delicacies. It's a short drive or a nice long walk along the River to get there.
The best espresso in town. Not much for atmosphere, but the space is bright and quiet and you'll enjoy a perfect espresso drink.
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Brown Coffee - 1800 Broadway
1800 Broadway St
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The best espresso in town. Not much for atmosphere, but the space is bright and quiet and you'll enjoy a perfect espresso drink.
Another coffee favorite. Quiet atmosphere in a beautifully restored brick warehouse. We love the brunch bites.
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Rosella Coffee Company
203 East Jones Avenue
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Another coffee favorite. Quiet atmosphere in a beautifully restored brick warehouse. We love the brunch bites.
Best coffee shop in Southtown for a lively atmosphere. You can get good coffee or alcohol, get work done or participate in quiz night, eat a nice kale salad or indulge in the smores...
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Halcyon Southtown
1414 South Alamo Street
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Best coffee shop in Southtown for a lively atmosphere. You can get good coffee or alcohol, get work done or participate in quiz night, eat a nice kale salad or indulge in the smores...
Fantastically fun social scene, especially out on the patio during happy hour or brunch on Sunday (when there's bottomless mimosas and a DJ spinning outside). Come with a group so you can try the greatest number of small plates! Even as a couple we can't help but order 5 or 6 things.
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Feast
1024 South Alamo Street
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Fantastically fun social scene, especially out on the patio during happy hour or brunch on Sunday (when there's bottomless mimosas and a DJ spinning outside). Come with a group so you can try the greatest number of small plates! Even as a couple we can't help but order 5 or 6 things.
If we had to eat at one place in SA every day, this would be it. Fabulous authentic interior Mexican food. Great for lunch any day, but our favorite is brunch on Saturday (you must get the Chilaquiles, and a side taco).
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Cascabel Mexican Patio
1000 South Saint Mary's Street
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If we had to eat at one place in SA every day, this would be it. Fabulous authentic interior Mexican food. Great for lunch any day, but our favorite is brunch on Saturday (you must get the Chilaquiles, and a side taco).
Amidst the tourist traps of the Riverwalk, this cafe serves up a great menu. We especially love the tableside guacamole or tuna tostada appetizers.
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Boudro's on the Riverwalk
421 East Commerce Street
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Amidst the tourist traps of the Riverwalk, this cafe serves up a great menu. We especially love the tableside guacamole or tuna tostada appetizers.
Great all around menu serving from lunch late into the evening. Always get the lunch special! Or the Texas Chopped Salad. Or the Burger...
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Zinc Bistro & Bar
207 North Presa Street
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Great all around menu serving from lunch late into the evening. Always get the lunch special! Or the Texas Chopped Salad. Or the Burger...
A lunch or late night favorite in a renovated mansion. Excellent salads and coffee for midday dining in the spacious downstairs. Reverse happy hour every night starting at 10pm--don't miss the small but tasty pizzas on special. And dessert...always get dessert.
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Liberty Bar
1111 South Alamo Street
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A lunch or late night favorite in a renovated mansion. Excellent salads and coffee for midday dining in the spacious downstairs. Reverse happy hour every night starting at 10pm--don't miss the small but tasty pizzas on special. And dessert...always get dessert.
Great pizzas and even better draft beer selection. All in a great little renovated piece of the Blue Star Arts complex. Connected to Halcyon coffee shop.
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Stella Public House
1414 South Alamo Street
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Great pizzas and even better draft beer selection. All in a great little renovated piece of the Blue Star Arts complex. Connected to Halcyon coffee shop.
We love everything that is ever on the New Orleans-inspired menu. We also love the atmosphere sitting at the bar/open kitchen. We also love the Friday night jazz. Basically, when we have one meal during a stay in SA, we come here.
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Cookhouse
720 E Mistletoe Ave
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We love everything that is ever on the New Orleans-inspired menu. We also love the atmosphere sitting at the bar/open kitchen. We also love the Friday night jazz. Basically, when we have one meal during a stay in SA, we come here.
Best romantic dinner over a bottle of wine in a quaint setting. Order one of the many delicious preparations of mussels with fries.
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La Frite Belgian Bistro
728 South Alamo Street
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Best romantic dinner over a bottle of wine in a quaint setting. Order one of the many delicious preparations of mussels with fries.
Best all around foodie meal in Southtown. American bistro in a funky little building with a great courtyard for cocktails and wine.
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Bliss
926 South Presa Street
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Best all around foodie meal in Southtown. American bistro in a funky little building with a great courtyard for cocktails and wine.
Our favorite nice Mexican restaurant in SA. Enjoy a great meal under the trees and lights in the fabulous courtyard. Brunch is just as good as dinner.
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La Fonda On Main
2415 North Main Avenue
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Our favorite nice Mexican restaurant in SA. Enjoy a great meal under the trees and lights in the fabulous courtyard. Brunch is just as good as dinner.

Drinks & Nightlife

If you want to go dancing, go here. LGBT friendly (but not exclusive) nightclub in an old church. Check out the beautiful stained glass while busting your moves.
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Bonham Exchange
411 Bonham
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If you want to go dancing, go here. LGBT friendly (but not exclusive) nightclub in an old church. Check out the beautiful stained glass while busting your moves.
The Esquire is a cool Riverwalk classic for good drinks, and the first bar we typically recommend to visitors. Head downstairs for a chic speakeasy vibe and even more incredible concoctions.
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The Esquire Tavern
155 East Commerce Street
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The Esquire is a cool Riverwalk classic for good drinks, and the first bar we typically recommend to visitors. Head downstairs for a chic speakeasy vibe and even more incredible concoctions.
A great dive in the up-and-coming Dignowity Hill neighborhood, just east of downtown. We especially enjoy the DJ who plays soul records (on Friday nights, I think, but call to check).
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Tucker's Kozy Korner
1338 East Houston Street
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A great dive in the up-and-coming Dignowity Hill neighborhood, just east of downtown. We especially enjoy the DJ who plays soul records (on Friday nights, I think, but call to check).
Fantastic atmosphere. An oh-so-stylish bar & cafe attached to Hotel Havana, you can sit looking out over the River while you eat a great torta or sip on a perfect margarita. The bar downstairs is also an excellent place for a nightcap.
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Ocho
1015 Navarro Street
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Fantastic atmosphere. An oh-so-stylish bar & cafe attached to Hotel Havana, you can sit looking out over the River while you eat a great torta or sip on a perfect margarita. The bar downstairs is also an excellent place for a nightcap.
Beer garden that attracts folks from all over SA. Check out both the front and back bars--both have a huge list of taps!
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The Friendly Spot Ice House
943 South Alamo Street
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Beer garden that attracts folks from all over SA. Check out both the front and back bars--both have a huge list of taps!
Our favorite local spot to walk to for a good cold draft beer. Tiny bar in an old gas station, with a fantastic beer list and a pretty little courtyard for sitting and taking a break.
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The Filling Station Tap Room
701 South Saint Mary's Street
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Our favorite local spot to walk to for a good cold draft beer. Tiny bar in an old gas station, with a fantastic beer list and a pretty little courtyard for sitting and taking a break.
Best place to check out while you're in town for a great live show.
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Paper Tiger
2410 N St Mary's St
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Best place to check out while you're in town for a great live show.

Sightseeing

Located in the old brewhouse of the Pearl, Hotel Emma takes renovation to a whole new level. You should explore all the indulgently decorated parts of the hotel, from the main bar to the artisan market cafe to the restaurants.
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Hotel Emma
136 E Grayson St
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Located in the old brewhouse of the Pearl, Hotel Emma takes renovation to a whole new level. You should explore all the indulgently decorated parts of the hotel, from the main bar to the artisan market cafe to the restaurants.
Huge handsome homes, big beautiful trees--definitely stroll the length of King William Street during your stay.
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King William Street
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Huge handsome homes, big beautiful trees--definitely stroll the length of King William Street during your stay.

Parks & Nature

Beautiful conservatory designed by architect Emilio Ambasz. Lovely brunch.
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San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place
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Beautiful conservatory designed by architect Emilio Ambasz. Lovely brunch.
The entire Riverwalk path is beautiful, especially from King William heading south to the Missions. Jump into the river with a kayak or paddleboard at this location, or enjoy running along the trail as far as you like.
San Antonio River Authority
100 E Guenther St
The entire Riverwalk path is beautiful, especially from King William heading south to the Missions. Jump into the river with a kayak or paddleboard at this location, or enjoy running along the trail as far as you like.
Beautiful area of Brackenridge Park for taking a walk, contemplative sitting, or perhaps a photo shoot.
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Japanese Tea Garden
200-414 North Saint Mary's Street
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Beautiful area of Brackenridge Park for taking a walk, contemplative sitting, or perhaps a photo shoot.
Just renovated, the Yanaguana section of the park is especially fabulous for kids, or those of us who just like games and playtime.
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Hemisfair Park Playground
621-689 E César E. Chávez Blvd
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Just renovated, the Yanaguana section of the park is especially fabulous for kids, or those of us who just like games and playtime.

Arts & Culture

Local artists showcased in a variety of galleries in this renovated industrial complex (which is also full of great food and drink spots). First Fridays are especially fun for browsing.
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Blue Star Arts Complex
1414 S Alamo St
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Local artists showcased in a variety of galleries in this renovated industrial complex (which is also full of great food and drink spots). First Fridays are especially fun for browsing.

Shopping

Local artists and food items available every Sunday 12-5pm.
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Brick
108 Blue Star
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Local artists and food items available every Sunday 12-5pm.

Essentials

If you just need a quick convenient-store item. like a candy bar or bottle of water on the go, Family Dollar has you covered.
Family Dollar
1031 South Saint Mary's Street
If you just need a quick convenient-store item. like a candy bar or bottle of water on the go, Family Dollar has you covered.
Great for your beer, wine, and liquor satisfaction. The owner is super-friendly and will gladly offer local recommendations if you ask. Our favorite local brew: Ranger Creek OPA.
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Pig Liquors
519 South Presa Street
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Great for your beer, wine, and liquor satisfaction. The owner is super-friendly and will gladly offer local recommendations if you ask. Our favorite local brew: Ranger Creek OPA.
Very close well-stocked market, right across the river (0.6 miles). Good selection of ready-made items as well as all the basics. Check out the pint+pizza deal for an easy meal on the cheap!
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H-E-B
516 S Flores St
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Very close well-stocked market, right across the river (0.6 miles). Good selection of ready-made items as well as all the basics. Check out the pint+pizza deal for an easy meal on the cheap!