Best Shopping in San Antonio

Hot Shopping This Spring & Summer in the Alamo City

San Antonio is the best place to shop because you can find just about anything and everything, but at significantly lower prices that what you'll find in other metropolitan cities, such as New York, L.A. and even Dallas or Houston. But you want something special, right? 

If that's the case, make sure to hit up The Brick at Blue Star on Sundays from 12-5. It's a great way to find one-of-a-kind items you won't find anywhere else, from art to jewelry, handmade soaps, candles and more. The vendors are different each week, so you never know what kind of exciting things you'll find. They often have good eats on hand as well, including artisan-made chili (whiskey beef chili, double red vegan chili), from exceptional chili and mac designers, JD's Chili Parlor, a premier event and private catering company. 

The Pearl Brewery is still one of the leading destinations when it comes to restaurants, shops, and just an all-around good time. These upscale shops offer an exhilarating array of goods, from imported knick-knacks to designer clothes and even a bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten your room. Make sure to go during the weekend to find more local treats at the farmers market, such as artisan foods by Texas Black Gold Garlic, Deep River Specialty Foods, Holdman Honey and Madge's Food Company! 

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San Antonio
Julian Gold
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Julian Gold claims they're the source for absolute style and they're not far off. For over 65 years, this department store has maintained a reputation of offering the best of everything. They feature an extensive selection of top fashions and designers and pride themselves in keeping up with the trends, only offering the most up-to-date and sought-after designer wear such as Armani, Escada, Etro, St. John, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci and more. In addition to these major labels, Julian Gold's current focus is on contemporary collections, including several new lines that highlight casual and modern such as Trina Turk, Milly, Yigal Azrouel. Take advantage of their intimate lounge and private dressing rooms. This is where brides want to shop, and you can always call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: If you want something special, but want to avoid the big malls, head to this high-end department store.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out their site for special events including fashion shows and "Men's Night!"

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Brick Marketplace at Blue Star Arts Complex
Photo courtesy of Rene Guerrero

Blue Star Arts Complex is one of the gems of the Southtown Arts District. Besides featuring the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Museum, the complex is home to a number of galleries, restaurants and bars. Brick was once home to Jump-Start, a performance company, which is still in operation.Most Sundays, from noon to 5 pm, (and during the First Friday arts walks), is when Brick is transformed into a fun and funky artisan market featuring mostly handmade goods and treats. Their mission is to bring together all kinds of art forms in a space that welcomes self-expression and experimentation. The stylish and eccentric charm of the marketplace encourages shoppers to come-as-you-are and sample the array of cool wares on offer. You can find things like healthy, handmade doggy treats, one-of-a-kind artwork, such as paintings by world-renowned artist, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, jewelry and vintage clothes from local celeb Agosto Cuellar and fantastic edibles. Local Chef, Rene Guerrero, makes the most scrumptious empanadas each Sunday, made with fresh ingredients in a beautiful golden pastry. You can expect to find flavors like sweet potato, Mexican chorizo and pineapple, white bean and smoked turkey, picadillo, vegetarian borracho black bean and bacon cheeseburger.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: You can find some local, hand-crafted goods at this charming market.

Kimberly's expert tip: A permanent fixture at Brick is an offbeat shop called Tatum Originals Retail Gallery that features exquisitely oddball clothes and art produced by one of San Antonio's most famous artists, Robert Tatum.

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Lucchese Boot Company

You can't visit Texas without picking up a pair of cowboy boots! Whether you're looking for something classic or something stylish, something to show off to your friends back home or something for a little bit of country dancing while you're in town, Lucchese offers a beautiful assortment of American-made western and sports boots for both men and women. They've been in business for over 120 years and the moment you walk in you'll see why. Lucchese boots are crafted from high-grade leathers and can be customized to conform to your individual feet. You'll be in good company with Lucchese boots as movie stars, presidents and cowboys everywhere all wear these comfortable and gorgeous boots!

Recommended for Best Shopping because: If you're visiting Texas for the first time, you absolutely must go home with a brand new pair of boots.

Kimberly's expert tip: Lucchese is located at the Alamo Quarry Market - so prepare yourself for an afternoon of outstanding shopping!

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North Star Mall
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It's not unusual for people to get 'dressed up' when shopping at North Star Mall. Sometimes it's fun to meet your friends for mimosas at The Cheesecake Factory on Sunday mornings. Maybe you just can't get enough of M.A.C. cosmetics or BCBG Max Azria is your place. No worries, North Star Mall has a wide selection of stores. From the upscale Armani Exchange to Banana Republic you can immerse yourself in retail therapy for hours. After shopping til you drop, stop off at one of the nail salons for a relaxing pedicure.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: North Star Mall has been around for a while, but is still home to shopping favorites such as Macy's.

Kimberly's expert tip: North Star Mall is just minutes from San Antonio International Airport. If you have extra time before going to the airport, it's a fun spot to stop for lunch and stroll around a few stores.

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The Rim
Photo courtesy of Hip Dingo at the Rim

Located just 2 minutes from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Rim is one of San Antonio's premier shopping destinations. With over 100 boutiques, shops and stores, you can find just about anything you are shopping for. Also, located at The Rim is a huge theater, The Palladium, with more than one IMAX screen, restaurant, upscale bar and game room inside. Several other restaurants, such as Maggiano's, Red Robin, Stone Werks, and many others are in this monstrous shopping area. So, if your retail desires lead you to a cute boutique like Hip Dingo or some basic errand running at Target, you're all set because it's all at The Rim.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Rim is a high-end shopping center that caters to the upscale market on the north side of town.

Kimberly's expert tip: The Rim is located directly across from Fiesta Texas.

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Southtown, San Antonio's arts district which abuts the King William District, one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city, is a prime site-seeing location. In Southtown you'll find local arts and local artists. Galleries line the main thoroughfare, Alamo Street, with Blue Star being one of the coolest places to visit. Blue Star not only has a contemporary arts center, but restaurants, bars, shops, theatres, more galleries and lofts which are inhabited by, you guessed it, artists. In recent years, this district's been booming with some of the most unique gift shops, restaurants, bars and businesses in San Antonio. It's beloved by locals, who think of Southtown as a small town within the big city. You may not call it home, but once you see it, you'll wish you did!

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Some think Southtown is the coolest, hippest district in San Antonio, and they're right!

Kimberly's expert tip: Southtown is the home of the First Friday arts walk, which takes place every month.

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The San Antonio River Walk actually flows into this mall in one area. River boats float by and local band, Andean Fusion, performs daily for several hours. You'll feel your spirits lift as the melodies of the Peruvian Andes mountains drift through the air. All the well-known stores are here. From Aerosoles, The Gap, Victoria's Secret or smaller cart vendors, Rivercenter caters to all budgets and various shopping needs. Don't forget Macy's if you are looking for a large department store. There is a large food court but you are also within steps of Hooters, Tony Roma's and Luciano's restaurants.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: To find popular shops, Rivercenter Mall is your best option when staying downtown.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can also take in a movie here or go to the Comedy Club after your shopping trip.

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The Shops at La Cantera continue to grow each year. With eleven full sized restaurants like Kona Grill, Yard House, Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro and over 160 stores, it can be like visiting a small city. La Cantera is an outdoor mall and beautifully landscaped. They also provide an outdoor play area on both ends of the mall for children. So, whether you are visiting the Apple store for a new iPad or shopping at Stuart Weitzman for new shoes, there will be plenty to see and do. The mall offers high end upscale stores like Nordstrom as well as traditional favorites like Dillard's. Spend some time relaxing with a book at Barnes & Noble as you sip your favorite Starbuck's beverage. It makes a great 'rest stop' between two of the largest sections of the mall.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: La Cantera is one of the newest and most beautiful shopping centers in the area.

Kimberly's expert tip: This open-air mall is a beautiful place to shop on a nice day. Try out Whiskey Cake for lunch!

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Alamo Quarry Market
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The Alamo Quarry Market was once home to the Alamo Cement Plant. Alamo Cement facilitated the building of Texas for more than a century. Today, it still preserves some of the original features of the plant. Regal 16-plex Cinemas, an on-site movie theater is constructed around the original smokestacks. These smokestacks have become the focal point of the shopping area. The smokestacks have made the Alamo Quarry a Texas landmark in its own right. You'll find over 60 specialty shops like Ann Taylor, Everything But Water and the famous Lucchese Boot Company. If you get hungry while roaming the Quarry, simply stop in at one of a dozen restaurants. The Quarry is home to P.F. Chang's, Joe's Crab Shack and a few other large dining establishments.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Located in the center of town, it's an easy place to stop for a quick shopping excursion.

Kimberly's expert tip: They have a Whole Foods, Victoria's Secret and many clothing stores here, as well as some great restaurants.

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San Antonio
Pearl Brewery
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The Pearl Brewery is one of the coolest places you can visit in San Antonio. This brewery, established in 1883 and once home to Pabst beer, has recently been transformed from a historic brewery to a thriving multi-use space where you can eat, shop, learn, work and live. The Pearl is situated next to the recent Riverwalk expansion, so you can catch a tour boat or walk from the Pearl all the way downtown, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and numerous artistic elements that have been carefully built into the landscape. You'll find fine dining to street food restaurants, a great coffee shop run by the Culinary institute and more. The Culinary Institute and the Aveda School have facilities at the Pearl and both are open to patrons. Every Saturday, the Pearl is host to an amazing Farmer's Market and has become a traditional Saturday event for locals.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Pearl Brewery is a local's favorite and a gem of the city that is quickly growing and evolving.

Kimberly's expert tip: Shop at the farmers market on Saturdays and Sundays for the best craft-made goodies.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly