Deep in the heart of South Texas is stunning San Antonio! From the Alamo and River Walk downtown to the trendy Pearl district, there are so many unique pockets of this city to experience. Use this neighborhood guide as you make your way through the Alamo City! 

Updated November 2023



San Antonio

One of the most iconic spots in San Antonio is the River Walk and Alamo Plaza! Feel like you've traveled back in time in this bustling cultural district full of historical museums, monuments, and theaters, with Spanish-influenced architecture. Take a tour on the water with Go Rio Cruises, or sit riverside as you indulge in some authentic Tex-Mex on a patio! Plus, check out the shops from local vendors at the Historic Market Square. After a day full of walking up and down the river, grab a drink to cool off at the local hotspot, The Esquire Tavern





Just north of downtown San Antonio, Pearl is an up-and-coming district and a major food and entertainment hub. Its modern architecture gives it a youthful feel, with a giant lawn in the center perfect for relaxing outside on a nice day. After grabbing a bite to eat at the food hall, pop inside the beautiful Hotel Emma for a drink at the iconic Sternewirth Bar.




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Also known as the Arts District, Southtown is an eclectic area filled with art galleries and a variety of local small businesses. King William is one of the main neighborhoods close by, known for its Victorian architecture, giving it that sweet Southern charm. While you're in the area, be sure to stop by Rosario's for tacos and a margarita or the local speakeasy, Bar 1919, for a classy cocktail.




Alamo Heights

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Alamo Heights is an upscale neighborhood just north of downtown San Antonio. From quaint cottages to large family homes, this is a great residential area to raise a family. Head down Broadway Street for brunch at the local favorite, Cappy's, before stopping by the famous McNay Art Museum, where the architecture alone is a destination in itself!




San Antonio Mural

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As one of the city's main cultural hubs, Westside encompasses San Antonio's Mexican-American heritage. With murals lining the streets of the Deco District and the unique architecture of the homes in Monticello Park, it's a little pocket of history. This is the neighborhood where Tex-Mex originated, so you know there's a long list of authentic local spots to stop at. For some good Tex-Mex grub, try the breakfast tacos at the Original Donut Shop or  Ray's Drive Inn for famous puffy tacos, you'll thank us later!




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Just at the southern edge of the River Walk, the Missions are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the Spanish Colonial era. Bike along the eight-mile Mission Reach Trail and make a stop at each of the four Missions. See the uniquely shaped structures at Confluence Park before devouring your delicious dinner at Nicha's, one of the oldest Tex-Mex restaurants in all of San Antonio.




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Monte Vista may be the oldest district in the country, but it is vibrant as ever! Go for a swim at the San Pedro Springs Park then head over to Alamo Candy to see the mural of Tejana music icon, Selena. While in the area, you must try a taco from the Taco Taco Cafe, it was voted the best tacos in the entire nation! 




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East of downtown, the Eastside is a treasure trove of rich culture and entertainment. Take a drive through St. Paul Square and Dignowity Hill, the first residential neighborhood of San Antonio, to see the stunning historic homes. Dive into to some good ole soul food at Mrs. Kitchen then grab a cold one at the Alamo Beer Company before heading to Alamodome for a concert!