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San Antonio is a significant city to many already, with of list of top attractions, including museums and historic sites that attract countless tourists daily. But what you might not know is that the food scene in the city is far beyond Tex Mex, and has developed into something spectacular. With the prestigious title of UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, San Antonio should be on every food lover’s bucket list. Barbecue, Hispanic, Italian, Chinese, French and American are just a few of the influences you’ll find. If you’re a foodie coming to the area, these are the places you’ll want to consider staying.
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Why Stay Here: Tobin Hill is easily walkable, has good public transportation and renowned offerings for the taste buds.
Classified as “urban-suburban”, thanks to a seamless balance of old and new, Tobin Hill is a historic nook, right in the middle San Antonio. Cultural flare makes the area exciting and immersive, while lovely parks and shops toss in a touch of eclecticism. The hybrid district is met with phenomenal restaurants like Pete’s Tako House, Latin inspired NAO and Cullum’s Attagirl which serves hearty American faves. While the Pearl District is its own special thing, it’s still within Tobin Hill. Cured, the Pearl Farmers Market and Pearl Brewery, an acclaimed food hall, are notable mentions.
Why Stay Here: This is the place for unique drinks and fresh eats.
Alamo Heights sits north of downtown and is widely known for gorgeous age-old homes. Quaint, refined, and elegantly aged, it makes for an incredible “night out” spot. Booze, booze and more booze—sleek bars are abundant. Bar Du Mon Ami has excellent holiday cocktails with rums and spices. Broadway 5050 delivers a great sports bar setting with draft beers, for a more casual time. You can’t miss the unusual grocery store experience at City Market, where it’s more of a tasting experience than just an average shopping trip. Looking for something recreational on the side? Visit Brackenridge Park.
Why Stay Here: Chef run restaurants and a riparian ecosystem can be experienced within the same day.
King William Historic District is defined by local artistry and history-laden structures, while also being touted at the most beautiful historic neighborhood in Texas. But the chef-driven food scene with fine restaurants has added a mouthwatering allure as well. Bliss’ oyster sliders and wild boar and Feast’s reinvented southwestern cuisine with interesting quesadilla renditions and pepper-infused cocktails offer a peek into the deliciousness. In between eating out, visit Mission Reach, a portion of the 15 mile River Walk where you can explore the riparian woodland ecosystem.
Why Stay Here: Family-friendly recreation and a killer European bistro.
Stone Oak has been developed along ranch land in north San Antonio and is a peaceful place to relax. Open, breathable, pleasant— luxury best describes the area. The family-friendly parks, play spaces and a Greenbelt pair well with Canyon Springs Golf Club, or “America’s Best New Public Golf Course”. Mexican, sushi, teppanyaki, and more impressively the new European SaVor Bistro, complete a well-rounded list of offerings. Fine cuts of meat, seafood, seasonal, organic gluten-free eats are ready to delight your mouth at SaVor. If you have any spare time or need a place to spend a rainy day, hit up a shopping village.
Why Stay Here: This area is iconic San Antonio.
River Walk already has made a name for itself—it’s where you go if you don’t know where to go in San Antonio. But in all fairness—it’s a great place to go, especially for foodies. Some may steer folks away from the gimmicky eateries, but hey, they’re kind of fun. But if you’re wanting to dig into the meat of it all, no pun intended, have a meal at Acénar, which breaks the Tex Mex mold, offering authentic yet creative dishes that will make you feel like you really got a taste of real River Walk dining, but something unique as well.
Why Stay Here: The array of enticing international restaurants.
While Castle Hills is comparatively small to other neighborhoods, it’s international dining scene ranks it as a solid stop for foodies. Enjoy all kinds of dishes, from Chinese, Italian to Mexican—whatever strikes you. Again this is a small, cozy area, but much fun is to be had while eating and roaming beautiful green space.
Why Stay Here: The iconic pasta and lots of coffee.
In need of a pasta fix? Shavano Park has got you. Indulge in a variety of Italian delicacies at Paesanos 1604, while exploring the area’s french eats. We welcome the carbs. Finding a great cup of coffee is not difficult among the variety of shops in the area. We welcome the caffeine as well.
Why Stay Here: A huge food selection of food options at your fingertips.
Downtown is a gold mine of cafes and places to get a drink. Infused with Mexican and American eats, it’s not hard at all to find something authentic and incredible in the heart of such a cool city. Battalion, Bohanan’s, and Boudros are local acclaimed gems that have some unique, out of the box options for the adventurous. Market Square further expands downtown’s culinary haven with its fresh produce and goods— its the largest in North America. The Alamo also technically resides in this district, so it’s a must-stop destination.