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La Villita Historic Arts Village

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Address: 418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2908
Phone Number: +1 210-207-8614
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of...

Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods. In 1939, as ground broke on the San Antonio River Walk development, city official led by Mayor Maury Maverick acted to preserve this colorful part of San Antonio’s history. Today La Villita is a thriving arts community that stands as a monument to San Antonio’s past. La Villita is on the National Registry of Historic Districts. A historic arts village since 1939, the galleries and shops found in just one square block offer unique art by local and regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper wares, pottery, jewelry, stained glass and regional folk art.Please check out the many Shops at La Villita, which are open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, many on Sundays. In addition to the shops, restaurants and cafe, La Villita also has a number of beautiful outdoor venues, including the Arneson River Theatre, available for rent for weddings, receptions, birthday parties, concerts, dance performances, and much more.For a complete list of events at La Villita, please find us on Facebook.

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Cosy little village in the city

It is a quiet place with lovely locally produced handicraft. Everone is very service minded. It is a little gem in San Antonio. Its recommended to visit if you are visiting the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It is a quiet place with lovely locally produced handicraft. Everone is very service minded. It is a little gem in San Antonio. Its recommended to visit if you are visiting the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stumbled upon this village when on route from our hotel to the Tower of Americas. There was a festival going on so it was quite busy. We just walked through and browsed at all the booths set up and activities going on. This would be a great place to take kids for an afternoon during a festival time. Lots... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of little shops with home made things. Awesome to go looking around in. Great place to find a souvenir that is hand made from the area but also has lots of great things that are just fun to look at. If you have some time to spare , check it out!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a collection of unique shops and restaurants. The location is a bit off the beaten Riverwalk path, so it is not quite as crowded as some other locations. The coffee shop is not to be missed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened upon La Villita on a Sunday which happened to be a Renaissance Day. I don't know how often these happen, but it sure made the area extra fun. Many people dressed up in their special gear and running little shows along the paths in addition to hosting pop up shops selling food and beverages. If you like artisan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The hop on/hop off tour bus drivers missed a chance to encourage riders to stop here not fully explaining what was to be found. On the last day of my visit this was the last place I stopped as a result . And I found it absolutely delightful. A very very nice shopping experience with many stores offering different quality... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This area is atop the grass stairs that you sit on for plays in the outdoor theater. There are a few little shops with local art, jewelry and other items. There are public restrooms and a place for food/snacks.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to purchase handmade gifts from soaps, to handmade pottery. The little shops are packed full of items. Always a must stop on our trips to San Antonio.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have frequented this area for over 30 years. I have learned to avoid most of the shops. However, Mr. Glass's Pottery store is NOT a place I ever pass up. His work is wonderful and I have enjoyed collecting his pieces. He passed away recently. I do not know what the future will hold for his place. I suggest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent five days at my hotel, the Hilton Palacio del Rio, and only discovered this charming little village on the morning of my departure right next door to the hotel. I was only able to spend an hour, but there are several little shops of local artists. It did not have the usual touristy souvenir shops one finds in... More 

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