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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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The knowledge gained of the history of San Antonio is worth every penny spent on the tour.
Gloria_W, Jun 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Captain K was our tour guide and he was amazing. He gave lots of suggestions & was very knowledgeable. My family and I actually went to eat breakfast at one of his suggested locations.
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It was a great way to get...
John_L, Mar 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
It was a great way to get to several different sites we wanted to see in San Antonio. One guide we had, Angle, was awesome and we learned quite a few interesting facts about the area.
star-5
Great tool for any city vacation
Jeff_S, Mar 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Great way to start your trip to “gain your bearings” in a new to you city. Great way of transportation during your trip. Always a fun way to receive basic history and other information.
star-5
Nice experience
ThomasF_H, Mar 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Busses were pretty much on the schedule they said. Drivers/guides were good. The route was different than on the map, but not really an issue. Liked the flexibility of getting on and off at any time and even going again is necessary.
star-4
Hop on Hop off …. A way to see San Antonio
Mithi_G, Mar 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Found it disappointing that the Bus driver does not have the capability of checking you in with Electronic ticket. In this day and age to go to Main office to get a paper ticket seems a waste
star-5
Great Experience
Lavenia_B, Feb 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Very good experience We had a great 😊 time and will recommend this site to our friends and family ❤️
star-4
Great tour with great food options.
Adam_M, Feb 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
I love the ability to jump on or off. To see different parts of the city. Highly recommend waiting to eat lunch if you are wanting to eat because this is almost a best places to eat in San Antonio tour. Wish we would of done that.
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We had a great time on...
Avery_P, Dec 2021
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We had a great time on the tour bus; it was very helpful. We decided to do the tour, get familiar with places we wanted to explore and did the hop on hop off the second time. We enjoyed having Catherine as a tour guide, she was informative, friendly, and funny!
star-4
Lot of great information.
John_M, Oct 2021
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Great tour of the city; the only bad part was No one could understand what the narrator was saying 80%of the time.
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See the city on one hour!
Mary_B, 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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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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