Alive with a distinctive Latin spirit, discover San Antonio’s playful side. Shrugging off its reputation as simply the site of a battle between Texan settlers and the Mexican army, San Antonio has blossomed into a beguiling city that stays true to its rich historical past. With nods to Mexican culture all over the city, you can’t help but feel swept up in the city’s distinctive Latino vibe, where colorful murals decorate the walls of downtown buildings and restaurants serve modern versions of traditional Mexican cuisine. Alongside San Antonio’s Latin flair, you’ll find a core that’s quintessentially Texan: the city is home to a wealth of lively bars where you can find crowds dancing to the Texan Two-Step.
What to do
To best explore the area, the San Antonio river walk winds its way through the city linking the historical landmarks, restaurants, and stores. Make sure to pay a visit to the elegant King William Historic District. Founded in the late 1800s, its streets are lined with beautiful baronial mansions, well as artsy cottages, hip restaurants, and the Blue Star Arts Complex, with an array of cutting-edge galleries. Meanwhile to experience the true soulful sounds of San Antonio, head to the Grand Central Station, a renowned night time haunt where local Tejano beats keep dancers going till the early hours.
Where to eat
The Alamo Café in San Antonio does a particularly good chicken fried steak, but San Antonio is the home of Texan chili. Thought to have originated in San Antonio at some point in the 1800s, Texan chilli is thick, spicy and never ever served with kidney beans. No need for a restaurant recommendation here, chilli is best found at street stalls and vendors.
- The Alamo
- Dining along the river walk
- Dancing to Tejano beats