A Visitor’s Guide to San Antonio Neighborhoods
Downtown/RiverWalk – the heart of tourist activities revolves around the beautiful RiverWalk area. The main part of the RiverWalk is 3 miles long and includes plenty of options for eating, drinking, shopping, and people-watching, plus many of the most desirable hotels. Other parts of the RiverWalk meander to various other neighborhoods, and the Alamo resides just outside of the northeast corner. At the southeast corner is La Villita Historic Arts Village, the Tower of the Americas, and the Alamodome. On the western edge is the San Fernando Cathedral, and a few blocks farther west is the lively Market Square. It is best to walk through this area – or take one of the boats.
King William – San Antonio’s first suburb originally attracted wealthy merchants from Germany, who built fine, solid homes. Many of the historic homes have been restored, some are now bed and breakfasts, and a few are open for tours. Besides the homes, King William is an eclectic neighborhood with many art galleries, theaters, coffee shops, and restaurants. The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is a re-purposed warehouse that now includes art galleries and work spaces, performance spaces, retail stores, and loft apartments. King William is a part of the Southtown neighborhood, which is home to a large portion of the city’s Hispanic population.
Lavaca – Lavaca is a part of Southtown and is San Antonio’s oldest neighborhood. Many of the historic homes are being restored after years of neglect, and pioneer residents and artists are revitalizing the neighborhood with cafes, coffee shops, and art galleries centered along South Presa Street.
Alamo Heights – this wealthy neighborhood boasts many beautiful homes and buildings dating back to the late 1800’s. Broadway Street is home to fashionable shopping and great restaurants, and popular Central Market grocery store. Nearby is the McNay Art Museum, the Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, the Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Zoo, and the Japanese Tea Gardens.
Monte Vista – old money resides in the historic, early 20th century mansions of this community just north of downtown. The area is also home to both Trinity University and San Antonio Community College, and there are good restaurants and nightlife along North Saint Mary’s Street.