Friday, August 29, 2008

San Antonio's Mexican Market

Since the 1700s, San Antonio's Market Square has operated under the influence of German, Polish, Italian and Mexican immigrants. But take a stroll through the main plaza and you'll swear you hopped a plane to the heart of Mexico. Sample luscious baked goods at Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery, where Christmas lights glow year round and mariachi musicians often entertain. At La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar more mariachis, fresh oysters and renowned sizzling fajitas delight customers.

Shoppers will find seemingly endless rows of brilliant hued skirts, hand-painted clay pottery, and festive pinatas inside the brilliant teal walls of El Mercado. This is the place to buy an authentic sombrero, hand woven table runner, or colorful tote bag. Sparkling sterling and turquoise, butter-soft leather, and hand-blown glass fill shelves, cases, and storefronts within the building - the largest Mexican marketplace that operates outside of Mexico.

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