San Antonio Shopping Districts


North Star Mall

North Star Mall

7400 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78216; Tel. 210.340.6627
You just can’t go wrong with North Star Mall: it’s easy to find, hard to miss and it’s easy to overspend, hard to resist. With over 200 retailers and 5 department stores, Northstar Mall is San Antonio’s premier shopping destination. While travelers from Dallas and Houston may not find anything different from home, locals flock to North Star as if there were no other mall in town. Located less than 5 minutes from the airport and 12 minutes from downtown, the mall is home to world’s largest cowboy boots: 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Guest services center offers free stroller rental, free local calls and one free shopping bag. (MP)
The Shops at La Cantera

The Shops at La Cantera

La Cantera Parkway, Loop 1604 & IH10
The ritzy new Shops at LaCantera have San Antonio fashionistas waiting with baited breath. Elite tenants such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and Burberry symbolize the city's growing prosperity and bestow it the hard-earned reputation as a shopping destination for tourists on both sides of the border. Located in the serene Texas Hill Country, the open air shopping center will also house a 12 screen AMC movie theater and six chain eateries among 105 retailers. (MP)
Rivercenter Mall

Rivercenter Mall

849 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205; Tel. 210.225.0000
After the requisite visit to the Alamo, walk five blocks to River Center Mall. Or arrive in style by river barge! With over 125 shops and restaurants, River Center Mall is a fine place to kill an afternoon. Other mall attractions include a comedy club, IMAX theater and daily Peruvian Andes fusion concerts on the Rivercenter lagoon. Three hours free parking in mall garage. (MP)
Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets

4015 I-35 South San Marcos, TX; Tel. 800.408.8424
Prime Outlets
3939 IH-35 South #900, San Marcos , Texas 78666; Tel. 800.628.9465
Consider the 45 minute drive from San Antonio on Interstate 35 at Exit 200 part of the pilgrimage to this shopping mecca, home to the largest factory outlet shopping in Texas. The Prime Outlets and Tanger Outlet Center offer more than 200 stores full of fashions, sporting goods and housewares up to 70% off retail prices. Plan on spending the day. The hacienda-style architecture of Tanger and Prime Outlets celebrates southwest Texas heritage and is also a nod to all of the travelers from Mexico who make San Marcos a shopping destination each Easter. (MP)
The Collection at Broadway and Sunset

The Collection at Broadway and Sunset

7959 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130
This assortment of upscale stores on Broadway is the antidote to mall madness. A mix of quirky local designers and trendy labels ensure something for everyone (those on a budget should not miss back of the store sales). Shopping at The Collection will drastically reduce the chances of seeing your outfit on someone else. A yoga studio and sushi bar offer repose and restoratives, respectively and those who might need both after a long day of shopping. (MP)
Nelda's Vintage Clothing

Nelda's Vintage Clothing

1621 N. Main #3 San Antonio, TX 78212; Tel. 210.271.7111
Men and women with a penchant for the past will find Nelda’s an emporium of nostalgia. Exquisite pre-owned designer dresses and whimsical pants, suits and shirts from the 1940s -- go for thrift store prices. Jewelry, compacts, sunglasses and more make handsome gifts for collectors. Nelda’s claims to be the oldest and largest source for vintage clothing in South Texas; we’d also christen it the best. Mon-Sat 11-6. (MP)

Alamo Quarry Market

255 E. Basse Rd, San Antonio TX; tel.210.255.1000
An outdoor San Antonio shopping district where visitors can buy brand names or unique, specialty gifts for everyone on their list. Shopping options include women’s handbags and shoes, home furnishings as well as eateries like Amy’s Ice Cream and PF Chang’s. (SP)

Artisan's Alley

555 W Bitters Rd, San Antonio TX
Shoppers will find this San Antonio shopping district nestled in the trees featuring more than twenty unique stores from handcrafted pottery, cheerleader uniforms to folk art and children’s toys. A favorite for shoppers looking for arts-and-crafts gifts. (SP)

Crossroads of San Antonio

4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio TX; tel.210.735.9137
A San Antonio bargain mall known for its low-profile shopping destination featuring the best of brand name retailers and small discount shops. (SP)
El Mercado

El Mercado

514 W. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 210-207-8600
Visitors looking to procure souvenirs for family and friends back home would be well advised to check out the 32 shops at El Mercado. While the prices may not be as low as one would find across the border, the Mercado shopping experience is designed to give consumers a taste of an authentic Mexican market. San Antonio’s cultural pride and influence are nowhere more evident, from the strains of mariachi music to the smell of fresh cilantro wafting in the air among the many outdoor cafes and restaurants. Hours: 10am - 8pm (summer) 10am-6pm (winter) (MP)
Huebner Oaks Center

Huebner Oaks Center

11745 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78230; Tel. 210.694.4312
Developers christened this 400,000 square foot, multi-building complex a "lifestyle center" due to its diverse offerings and contemporary design. A more fitting description might be "strip mall on steroids". Dinner and movie? Check. Big name clothing stores? Check. Myriad home furnishings? Check. Multiple beauty salons? Check. Coffee and a good book? Check. "The Strand", Huebner Oaks' auxiliary (behind the AMC 24) is also a worthy stop. Out of town visitors probably won’t need to make a special trip to Huebner Oaks; most of these stores can be found in larger, more centrally located San Antonio malls. For NW locals, this is a pleasant and convenient shopping alternative. Mon-Sat 10-9pm, Sun 12-9pm (MP)
Ingram Park Mall

Ingram Park Mall

6301 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78238 (210) 684-9570
Rather than fight the downtown crowds, most locals stick to the malls on Loop 410. Ingram Park Mall is one of the busiest. Not as posh as North Star or the Quarry, Ingram Park Mall remains a popular family shopping excursion for those on the Northeast side of town. Five major department stores anchor 150 highly recognizable retailers and specialty shops. Mon to Sat 10:00am - 9:00pm Sun 12:00pm - 6:00pm (MP)
Rolling Oaks Mall

Rolling Oaks Mall

6909 North Loop 1604 East San Antonio, TX 78247 (210) 651-5513
In the same genre (and with the same corporate owners) as Ingram Park Mall, Rolling Oaks is a mid-sized shopping center on the highway linking San Antonio to Austin, its funky neighbor to the north. It saves those living on 1604 and beyond from fighting traffic for a trip into town. Not really worth a special visit, but convenient place to warm up on the way to the outlets in nearby San Marcos. Rolling Oaks has 3 major department stores and 100 other retailers. Mon to Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-6pm (MP)
--Shopping reviews by Sonja Pecavar and Megan Power