Shopping in San Antonio: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Special

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Merchant Square - El Mercado. Photo credit: Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

It’s that time of year again, time to shop ’till you drop. You’ll need to stock up on Christmas gifts for family, friends, co-workers, and the rest of the names on Santa’s list. Luckily for residents and visitors of San Antonio, Texas, Forbes has ranked it in the top 10 on their list of America’s 25 Best Cities for Shopping thanks to its “options, ease and affordability.” With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, we wanted to give you an introduction to some of the area’s best shopping locations so you’ll have everything you need to get your full fix of shopping. Grab your purse or wallet and get ready to swipe those credit cards, here’s some of San Antonio’s top shopping locations.

The Shops at Rivercenter. Photo credit: arripay via Foter.com / CC BY-SA
The Shops at Rivercenter. Photo credit: arripay via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

The Shops at Rivercenter

The Shops at Rivercenter are located in downtown San Antonio along the River Walk. Rivercenter features over 100 different retailers, multiple restaurants, and an IMAX and AMC Theater. Rivercenter is also connected to a Marriot Hotel. Some of the largest retailers include H&M, Francesca’s, Macy’s Express, Sunglass Hut, PacSun, the Disney Store, and plenty of others. When it comes to restaurants and fast food, Rivercenter is a host to Chipotle, Dave & Buster’s, Johnny Rockets, Yard House, Potbelly, Yogurt Zone, Luciano Ristorante, Chili’s, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Ghirardelli, Margaritaville, and countless others.

To find out more, visit The Shops at Rivercenter.

Location: 849 E. Commerce Street, Ste. 895, San Antonio, TX 78205

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Sat – 10AM – 9PM
Sun – 12PM – 6PM

The Shops at La Cantera

Located in the La Cantera District of San Antonio, the Shops at La Cantera are an open-air shopping center that features around 190 shops—from department stores, electronics and entertainment, fashion, food, beauty, housewares, shoes, sports and fitness, and much more. Some of the biggest names in shopping and dining include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Apple, Brio Tuscan Grille, BOSS Hugo Boss, Burberry, Kona Grill, Lacoste, Yard House, and Wiskey Cake. The Shops are known for their high-end, upscale retailers and the overall unique design and layout of the shops.

For more information, visit The Shops at La Cantera.

Location: 15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Sat – 10AM – 9PM
Sun – 12PM – 6PM

*Note: Be sure to check their website for special holiday hours.

North Star Mall. Photo credit: pasa47 via Foter.com / CC BY
North Star Mall. Photo credit: pasa47 via Foter.com / CC BY

North Star Mall

It’s hard to miss those great big cowboy boots (which happen to be the largest cowboy boot sculpture in the world). If you’ve ever wondered what they’re advertising, that’d be the North Star Mall. With over 200 stores to choose from, North Star has everything from Saks Fifth Avenue, Apple, Armani Exchange, Michael Kors, GUESS by Marciano and Montblanc, as well as Amazon Pop-Up and Think Geek, which are coming soon. North Star also offers some premier dining options including The Cheescake Factory, in addition to fast food with Chick-Fil-A, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Great Wraps, Subway, Wendy’s and others. Your children will also be able to enjoy the children’s play area.

To learn more, visit the North Star Mall.

Location: 7400 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78216

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Sat – 10AM – 9PM
Sun – 12PM – 6PM

*Note: Be sure to check their website for special holiday hours.

Wonderland of Americas Mall

Rumored to be the “best value shopping in San Antonio,” the Wonderland of Americas Mall has close to 50 specialty shops in addition to indoor stages and an amphitheater and the Bijou Cinema Bistro, which features art and foreign films. Some of the major shops at Wonderland of America include Burlington Coat Factory, Stein Mart, a Super Target, Hobby Lobby, Ross Dress for Less, and Burke’s Outlet. The mall also features “Little Shops,” which include entrepreneurial locations such as technology and electronic shops, sewing and dry cleaner locations, jewelry shops, photography studios, toy stores, and much more.

For more information, visit Wonderland of Americas Mall.

Location: 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
Hours of Operations:

Mall
Mon – Sat – 10AM – 9PM
Sun – 12PM – 6PM

Little Shops at Wonderland
Wed – Sat – 11AM – 6PM
Sun – 12PM – 6PM
Mon & Tues – Closed

Merchant Square - El Mercado. Photo credit: Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA
Merchant Square – El Mercado. Photo credit: Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Historic Market Square – El Mercado

Located near the city’s center, Market Square, also known as El Mercado, is the largest Mexican market in the United States. Frommer’s has called it one of the country’s ten best outdoor markets with its numerous shops, 32 located at El Mercado and close to 80 specialty shops in the Farmers Market Plaza. In its early years around 1730, Market Square was known for being used by settlers and the King of Spain for entertainment, in addition to being used a location to sell fresh produce, beef, venison, wild turkeys, honey, and other goods. Unlike the other shopping centers we’ve discussed thus far, Market Square is rich in the history and culture of Texas, and visitors will find everything from hand-embroidered clothing to leather belts, homemade food and drink booths, pottery, paintings, candles, jewelry, and much, much more.

To find out more about this cultural shopping attraction, visit Market Square at Get Creative San Antonio.

Location: 514 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207

Hours of Operation:
Daily – 10AM – 6PM

Traders Village Flea Market

Nicknamed “America’s #1 Flea Market,” Trader Village is full of fun, shopping, and entertainment. Also known for being one of the country’s largest flea markets, Trader Village has over 300 vendor spaces, four food outlets, a family entertainment complex, and multiple amusement park rides. The Village rests on over 100 acres of land, so there’s plenty to explore. Multiple festivals are held at the location each year including the American Indian Pow Wow, Cajun Festival, Cinco de Mayo, and live concerts every weekend. You can’t leave Trader Village without trying some of its delicious homemade food—corndogs, tacos, grilled corn-on-the-cob, oven-baked pizza, turkey legs, ice cream, and plenty more.

To find out more and plan your visit, check out Traders Village.

Location: 9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242

Hours of Operation:
Doors open at 7am for Vendors
Sat – Sun – 10AM – 5PM