Market Square in Downtown San Antonio

Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the United States, is a three-block outdoor plaza lined with shops, and restaurants in downtown San Antonio. The “El Mercado” (means The Market) section has 32 specialty shops and the “Farmer’s Market Plaza” section has 80. 

The “El Mercado” building was built as a WPA project (Works Progress Administration) in 1938-1939. The locals commonly called it the “Farmer’s Market”, as farmer’s sold their produce straight from their trucks inside the open air building.

Be sure to plan your visit around a time when you know you will be hungry. Mia Tierra Cafe & Bakery and La Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Oyster Bar are the main eateries in the area along with several snack and speciality food shops. We ate at Mia Tierra. The food was great, the service was exemplary, and the decor was phenomenal. Here are a few pics of the decor.

Mia Tierra is also known for their bakery. A neighbor at the RV park where we were staying told to be sure to NOT miss Mia Tierra’s bakery and their pecan pralines. OMGosh! Those pralines were heavenly. Here is the bakery.

My only regret is that we didn’t go back to that bakery and buy some more pralines before we left the San Antonio area! 🤦‍♀️

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again.”

Betty

Tower of the Americas, San Antonio

The Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot observation tower/restaurant located in the HemisFair district on the southeastern portion of downtown San Antonio, TX. The tower was designed by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford. It was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68.

The name of the tower was the result of a Name the Tower Contest. There were 68 people that submitted the name that the tower is known by today. Tower of the Americas was the tallest tower in the United States from 1968 to 1996 when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was completed.

The Tower is located in the middle of the former HemisFair ’68 site and has an observation deck that is accessible by an elevator going up along the outside of the building for a fee.

There is also a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top of the Tower that provides panoramic views of the city. The observation deck level also has panoramic views of San Antonio along with a snack bar and several “party” rooms that I’m sure can be rented for small group events.

You can see the elevator going up to the top. It is about halfway up the side of the tower.

There is a gift shop, snack bar, and a 4D movie theater on the ground level. The grounds surrounding the Tower of the Americas are beautiful. I’m not sure if they are part of the original structures for HemisFair ’68 or not. Here are some photos.

If you are ever in San Antonio, you won’t want to miss seeing the view at the top of the Tower of the Americas.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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