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San Antonio Historic Market Square
San Antonio Historic Market Square

San Antonio Historic Market Square

514 West Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

The Basics

In Market Square (El Mercado), which occupies three city blocks, take your time shopping for the perfect souvenir—there are unique products here, such as authentic Mexican vanilla or colorful woven sarape blankets, that you won’t find in typical tourist destinations. Then indulge your taste buds at one of the many food stalls or authentic Tex-Mex restaurants that line the square, offering everything from fresh baked goods to handmade tortillas.

Many tours of San Antonio combine Market Square with other points of interest, such as the Alamo, the San Antonio missions, and the River Walk. While these sights are all doable independently, it’s helpful to explore the city up close with a guide who provides history and context about the city and its people. Market Square is also a stop on San Antonio hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Antonio

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See the city on one hour!
MissB, May 2021
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Pick a good weathered day. I went end of May and missed the rain and caught a sunny humid 80s but windy day. Chill on top enjoy the sun and find the places you want to come back to. I’d take a full ride first then stay on and get off at the stops you want. Great way to see the city especially with a family and for cheap!
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We saw a lot of sights and all of...
Jeffrey M, Aug 2015
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We saw a lot of sights and all of the drivers were nice and friendly. One bus was kind of dirty but the rest were nice and clean.
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Ducking limbs in San Antonio
Robert_M, Apr 2021
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A very enjoyable experience. Might want to point out the tree limbs that pass low overhead! There are probably more stops that could be added.
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Love San Antonio
Jesse_T, Mar 2021
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Alamo and the Pearl were the ones that caught my eyes more they are beautiful places to visit also the river walk is so relaxing I enjoy everything about San Antonio definitely coming back 😍👌🏻
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Awesome
Tarmarcia_M, Jul 2020
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We had the best time doing our first time in San Antonio Tx... omg what else do u want to say it’s been wonderful
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An excellent way to see all the...
Donna C, Nov 2017
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
An excellent way to see all the sights of the City. The tour guides were very knowledgeable of the history of the city and were very entertaining with their narratives.
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We did this on July 4th 2017. I...
Sharon DeSilva, Jul 2017
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We did this on July 4th 2017. I enjoyed the tour but was very frustrated at first because we couldn't find where to start the tour. Signs are not posted very well in San Antonio Market Square area for the Hop On Hop Off. If it wasn't for a kind gentleman who asked if I needed help I would have gone back to my hotel and given up!
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Seeing sites this way is the best...
James Daniel Lauro, Sep 2017
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Seeing sites this way is the best way to see what you want to see. However A/C in all buses could be better.
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San Antonio is a very nice place...
rlrmcon, Jul 2016
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
San Antonio is a very nice place especially seein the Alamo. Unfortunately we were only there for a few hours and ran out of time and didn't get to take our hop on hop off Tour. We definitely recommend taking the tour as it is very hot in San Antonio and to take the tour bus would be a great way of getting all around.
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We enjoyed it. Our first driver was...
Sheree M, Feb 2016
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We enjoyed it. Our first driver was the most informative. The other drivers just played the tape. But we enjoyed it and it was certainly a convenience.
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This is a great way to get around...
Lela H, May 2015
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This is a great way to get around. Loved our choices we made when booking this city tour. Everyone was so helpful and do a very good job running this sightseeing tour. A must if you are seeing San Antonio for the first time.
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A very good value for the money. You...
Rahshan H, Mar 2016
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A very good value for the money. You dont have to worry about driving to all of these places, parking, or figuring out where to go. You can never go wrong with Hop on Hop Off tours!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Market Square is a must for lovers of shopping, Mexican culture, and authentic cuisine.

  • It’s free to visit Market Square.

  • The market is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Market Square is located on Commerce Street, about six blocks west of the River Walk. Paid parking is available on the street and in nearby garages. Local buses and trolleys all have stops nearby, and you can also rent a bicycle at one of the many B-cycle (bike-share) stations.

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When to Get There

Market Square is open daily from 10am to 6pm and is generally busiest on weekends. Any day of the week, its air-conditioned stalls are a lovely refuge from the midday Texas heat. San Antonio has several major festivals throughout the year, including Fiesta in April, which brings larger than usual crowds to El Mercado.

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Mi Tierra

Mi Tierra Café and Bakery is a landmark Tex-Mex restaurant and one of San Antonio’s oldest businesses, operating for more than 75 years. Open 24 hours a day, it’s a worthwhile stop for a pan dulce, breakfast taco, or a cup of Mexican hot chocolate. One of the best parts is the over-the-top vibrant decor, including a shrine dedicated to the late musician Selena, the Queen of Tejano Music, who considered San Antonio her second home.

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