What to see, eat, do, and experience with about 72 hours in San Antonio:
As you may have seen on my Instagram stories, I recently visited San Antonio and Austin, Texas with Andrew. While Austin was a lotta fun, it was super easy for me to find guides and things to do there in my online research, while I only found a few guides to San Antonio. We spend about three days exploring San Antonio, and we had time to really explore and relax. It’s a great city, and although not all of it is perfectly manicured, we found it to be a lot of fun, truly romantic and fun trip…especially if you’re foodies (sorry, I hate that word too) like we are!
Check in to your hotel: Bonus points if you stay in a Riverwalk adjacent hotel. Rooms here aren’t super expensive, so this will definitely save you time. San Antonio airport is also super close to the actual Riverwalk area, so you don’t really need a car if you don’t want to explore any missions or anything outside of San Antonio proper during your stay. We stayed at the Wyndham Garden Riverwalk and we could see the Riverwalk from our rooms, so getting on it was super easy. Ubers are FAST and cheap and there are several bikes and scooters to help you get around easily.
Lunch/ Happy Hour at Ocho inside The Hotel Havana: This hidden gem was found on a last-minute Google search by my boyfriend and ended up being our favorite drinks of the entire trip. Ocho is a beautiful, Cuban fusion, glass-encased little restaurant is inside The Hotel Havana and overlooks the Riverwalk. The boasts beautiful lighting, a gorgeous bar, and bright pops of Southwestern teals and reds. Plus, the Happy Hour drinks come at $5 a pop and are truly refreshing and light. This place was the perfect marriage of aesthetics and culinary awesomeness that Andrew and I are all about.
Check out the Alamo: The Alamo is pretty interesting…if you’re into history like A and I are you’ll probably find some of the media you’ll find here a bit pedantic and one-sided…but the grounds of this mission are absolutely beautiful and so cool to see for us Northerners (props to the women who saved this little gem an made it into a memorial)! This is a great place to take a beat outta the hot Texas sun under the huge shade trees and pergolas.
Sunset River Cruise: Hey girl, anything is a booze cruise if you believe in yourself. Due to San Antonio’s EXTREMELY lax open-container rules you can literally walk around the Riverwalk and take a boat with a frozen marg in your hands. Unfortunately, we did not know this at the time…but highly regret it. The river cruise itself was informative and helped us to center ourselves in the city and find new places to go and visit later on. Plus, the sunset was really a beautiful (and cool!) time to take the boat tour.
Dinner and a Show: Andrew and I had dinner at Acenar on the Riverwalk and ate our body weights in chips and salsa. Roaming mariachi bands will sing you a song for about $10 and even though it’s kinda cheesy…I highly recommend it! The band that played for us were talented musicians, and though we could only understand some of the lyrics to the song, it made for a really special moment. I requested a romantic song for Andrew, and embarrassing him a little was really worth it for me. teehee!
In the evening we just hung out and I went to the pool…it was a LOOOONG day so we just went to bed early.
This was actually Day 3 of our whole adventure…because Day 2 was actually our Austin trip…but this was the second day of adventuring in San Antonio (-:
Breakfast at The Pearl Farmers Market: Are you in San Antonio on a Saturday or Sunday? You’re in luck, both weekend days The Pearl District in S.A. hosts a HUGE Farmers Market and it is absolutely amazing. Grab a quick breakfast from any of the many stands and sit around people watching while you eat. We got a churro beignet from a beignet stand that we are still dreaming about, and the bread vendor underneath the Pearl sign is absolutely amazing.
Shop and Sip in the Pearl: Pearl District is full of shops, restaurants and little cafe’s so there is plenty to do for a morning. Andrew and I spent time perusing at The Twig book shop, grabbing a lavender latte at Local Coffee, and checking out some of the other boutiques like and The Sporting District (a gorgeous menswear store…the SMELLS!).
Lunch at Cured at the Pearl: This James Beard-nominated restaurant is a meat-lovers paradise. Highly recommend skipping this if you’re a vegan…it’s not for you (they have meat hanging in the foyer). Their real work of art is their charcuterie boards which come custom made to order and are truly insta-worthy. Weirdly, their juice is made in house and is super good too. We also really enjoyed the innovative moonshine cocktails here.
San Fernando Cathedral: Sadly, Andrew and I didn’t get to go in the actual church itself as a wedding was being held…but this church is worth a stop. They also do a light show on Saturdays at sundown which several people recommended.
La Villita Shops: These little shops were pretty cute, but ultimately not really for us. This little area is a great place to find some souvenirs and to take photos. There are also several small galleries here, and places to grab a bite.
Beer and Swings at The Luxury: I had this adventure on my own, since Andrew went to a wedding (I wasn’t invited, but piggybacked on his trip and just came down for fun). This unassuming place along the Riverwalk is a perfect place to put your feet up and just rock your cares away with a nice craft beer. I picked out an Austin EastCiders Rose which was the perfect choice for a VERY hot evening.
Late night at Jazz, TX: Andrew and I aren’t into da club…though if you are Paramour seemed to be HOPPIN’. However, we both are really into jazz (I love swing, and he is a music teacher’s son and we were both in band in high school and love musicals) so when I saw a teeny sign for this place while exploring I knew I had to make it happen. After the wedding, Andrew and I met up and went over at about midnight to this little speakeasy-style club and enjoyed one of the best nights of our lives. The cocktails were inventive and delicious, we paid a $5 cover, and the music was sizzling. Plus, we got seated on a verrrry comfy leather couch and had the best seat in the house. It was truly a blast, and a totally random find. Can’t say enough good stuff about this place, plus we walked from our hotel!
Breakfast or Tea (or both) at Bakery Lorraine: We had a lazy morning and mozied on over to The Pearl once again for brunch at Bakery Lorraine. There was about a 15-minute line, but OH MAN was it worth it. We both ordered the bacon, egg, and cheese croissant that comes with roasted potatoes and it was the best breakfast sandwich I have ever had. We also ordered some delicious pastries and coffee and had a great slow breakfast debriefing the trip together.
San Antonio Museum of Art: We had heard that The San Antonio Museum of Art was free admission from 10 am – 12 pm on Sundays, so we made our way over there after brunch to peruse the galleries. Probably we are both a little spoiled by the beautiful Smithsonian Museums here in DC that are completely free, but we didn’t think this museum was really worth the $20 admission charged during normal opening hours. Though, of course, you should always support your local arts orgs…we were glad to save a few bucks here. We particularly enjoyed the Latin American Art Gallery and the glass elevator that goes through the museum!
The Riverwalk: If in doubt, just explore the Riverwalk. Each section has artwork, restaurants, beautiful nature preserves, wildlife, and stores and you could spend all day walking along it. It’s especially magical at night when there are fewer people, and the temperature drops.
Have you explored San Antonio? Are you planning a trip soon? Make sure to let me know if you visited any of the places I talked about here…especially the jazz club.