Destination Shopping Centers

Blue Star Arts Complex1414 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210
This shopping area is adjacent/in the King William and Southtown areas. It is right on the River Walk and there is plenty of interesting things to see and places to walk around. The shopping area contains many galleries, bars, places to shop, and places to eat and drink. Not big corporate. More of an indie vibe.

Buc-ee’smultiple locations
Ever seen people wearing beaver t-shirts? This is the gas station with a cult following. Decorate your house, buy things for your car, pick up deer feed, buy camping equipment, in addition to Texas-themed items and many other products. The largest selection of snacks I’ve ever seen. Barbeque, kolaches, fudge, etc. And the cleanest bathrooms you’ll ever find in a gas station. The New Braunfels location was at one time the biggest gas station in the world. It has at least 83 bathrooms and 120 gas pumps. Don’t forget to take your picture with the beaver statue.

Gruene Historic DistrictGruene Rd & Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Lots of shops. I’d say if you’re interested in a more unique collection of shops, check out this area. And time your trip with Gruene Market Days. This place gets packed on popular days. The main parking area is located behind The Grapevine. Also Gruene is pronounced “Green”. Definitely check out the Gristmill restaurant if you make it this way.

Historic Market Square514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207
This is a popularized shopping area downtown that is a stereotypical “tourist trap”. It’s one of those places that you should probably go to at least one time. There are plenty of shops with supposedly artisan wares. Lots of stuff to decorate your house with. And plenty of stereotypical Hispanic products. I’d also suggest eating at Mi Tierra if you make the trip here. The marketplace is also usually decorated in a very festive vibe. And there are frequently bands and other events in this area. However, the marketplace is just a few blocks from the homeless shelters. So please be careful with your belongings and person when frequenting this area.

La Villita Historic Arts Village418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205
A collection of artisan shops. I’m not necessarily a fan of this place; I think it might be a bit overrated. But if you’re in the area and interested – it might be worth a walk-thru.

Magnolia601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706
A fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame? Come visit their “mecca” in Waco. They seem to always be adding to the property. Right now they have Magnolia Home, Seed + Supply, Shops at the Silos, Magnolia Market, Silos Baking Co., Magnolia Press, Magnolia Table, and many other offerings.

Pearl Brewery303 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215
This is one of the newest areas in downtown San Antonio. I call it the newer part of the River Walk. This is a very popular part of downtown. This used to be an abandoned beer brewery. Then it was redeveloped into a fantastic development. It contains Hotel Emma – a world-renowned hotel in the old brewery that still contains some of the old architecture and equipment. It also contains many unique restaurants, bars, and shops. There are great places to take photos, hang out, walk around, and meet with people. The River Walk is located on the backside of the development. I recommend this spot as one of the top spots to go if you are in town.

Premium Outletsmultiple locations
Find all the stores you shop at in once place. Mainly clothing and shoe stores. If you don’t like crowds, this is NOT the place to be on busy shopping days.

The Domain11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758
Upscale shopping center in Austin that has a lot of restaurants, shopping, bars, and hotels. Great place to walk around. Lots of new development in this area that includes tons of office space and apartments. Also close to the soccer stadium. Can get really packed over here, but there is usually parking not too far away from where you want to be. I like to go to the Restoration Hardware store.

The Rim17703 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78257
Huge shopping center on the north side. Across from The Shops at La Cantera. Near Six Flags. Has almost every store you’re used to going to along with a great selection of restaurants and bars.

The Shops at La Cantera15900 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 6698, San Antonio, TX 78256
Upscale shopping. Lots of restaurants also. Like a mall if all of the walkways were open air. Great place to walk around and people watch. I like going to the Barnes & Noble and Luciano Ristorante Italiano (for the Parma pizza).

Traders Villagemultiple locations
Probably one of the better-organized “flea markets”. Also has events and rides for the kids.

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