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La Villita Historic Arts Village, San Antonio

3.6
#6 of 30 in Neighborhoods in Texas
Historic Walking Area Neighborhood
Visit a selection of galleries, shops, and restaurants, and take a journey through San Antonio's history at La Villita Historic Arts Village. The area's background as a melting pot of different cultures is evident in the variety of architectural styles. Once a spot for Native American and Spanish settlements, this is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Today it's an artistic hub where you can find everything from handmade pottery, jewelry, and clothes to paintings, folk art, and metal art. At the neighborhood's cafes and restaurants, you can enjoy drinks and both local and international specialties. For a preview, examine the online walking-tour brochure that features information on the area's historic buildings. Using our online itinerary creator, San Antonio attractions like La Villita Historic Arts Village can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • What a wonderful restaurant! Beautiful murals are all over the walls and there is a 25 foot long panaderia case! Loads of delicious goodies to choose from. I picked about 15 and there are lots more I ...  more »
  • Nice to walk through the shops in this artist's quarter off the Riverwalk. The stained glass was especially beautiful.  more »
  • Nice shops, nice stroll, some original art, jewelry, etc. Tried one restaurant that was "just okay". Expected more than was delivered but time was not wasted.  more »
Google
  • Very nice district right off the river walk. Great shopping for art and goods. Three plazas of varying sizes used for wedding receptions (see picture) and other celebrations.
  • Great place for parties, festivals and the like. They also have some really neat shops as well! Definitely an excellent spot to visit, and it's right next to the river walk.
  • Happened to be here during a festival type event. Very lively and fun environment. The village served as the perfect venue.
  • This place is absolutely amazing! All of the shops are adorable and tiny, whilst the workers are the most kind and respectful people ever. All of the items here are either organic or handmade.
  • Amazing little place. Love the arts and crafts. Coffee with ice cream at the cafe is great, but too small a portion.

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To be at the heart of San Antonio's buzzing atmosphere and attractions, stay along the city's River Walk. Lined with hotels of all levels, the area is known for excellent dining and nightlife, and is close to all of the city's main sights. While this area tends to be pricier than other neighborhoods, it is the best option for those traveling without a car who want to take full advantage of their vacation time in San Antonio. For a more rustic experience, venture outside of the city limits to stay at one of the old-world guest ranches that dot the beautiful countryside.
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