Start your day South of Downtown with a hearty breakfast in an old German flour mill, soak in the scenery along the River Walk, pay a visit to the Texas legend of the Alamo and marvel at Art Deco buildings along Houston Street. Skip the Mexican market (unless you are into touristy souvenirs made in Mexico) and wander around the historical public buildings. Want Details? Read more after the jump!
We stayed in a private room in the part just South of downtown, away from the hotels and usual tourist biz. This area is spotted with old mansions and estates that show the grandeur of a glorious past, when San Antonio was a bustling hub and commercial center. The mixture of Spanish speaking Tejanos, catholic Spanish/Mexican influences and central European immigrants makes for a astonishing combination, only partly covered with a thin layer of Americanness. Small restaurants and cozy bars in repurposed buildings and lots of outdoor seating make for pleasant strolls through this area.
Guenther House, a cafe housed in the mansion and on the premises of one of the oldest still working grain mills in Texas. Founded by German immigrants, the house was built right next to the mill in 1859 and houses a restaurant, a small museum and a store.
205 E. Guenther Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204
Follow the River Walk further but leave it in North-East direction following the sign to the Alamo. The legend of the Alamo is centrepiece in the history of Texas, as it marks the site of a decisive (although lost) battle between fierce Texan volunteers and an overwhelmingly superior Mexican army in the Battle of the Alamo.
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theatre from 1929 may give you a stiff neck from looking up, but make for a beautiful stroll and make you feel transported back in time. Need to rest a little and get new energy? Stop at
Sip Coffee & Espresso Bar
160 E Houston St
We headed further West to check out the Mexican market on Commerce and S Santa Rosa Ave, but did not find it to our liking. It is an array of shops, stalls and Mexican restaurants, selling the standard Mexican fare of nic nacs, skeleton figurines and plastic bunting. The area is also not especially interesting, so we soon returned to the more central part of town.
The San Fernando Cathedral and San Antonio Court house are beautiful to see and relaxing to wander around.
1111 S Alamo St