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La Villita Historic Arts Village

418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2908
+1 210-207-8614
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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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  • Very good41%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“local artists” (39 reviews)
“copper shop” (20 reviews)
“shop owners” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2908
Downtown
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+1 210-207-8614
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"local artists"
in 39 reviews
"copper shop"
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"shop owners"
in 14 reviews
"artisan shops"
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"stained glass"
in 23 reviews
"starving artist"
in 8 reviews
"the river walk"
in 96 reviews
"unique items"
in 14 reviews
"arneson river"
in 8 reviews
"for sale"
in 10 reviews
"walk around"
in 14 reviews
"riverwalk area"
in 9 reviews
"convention center"
in 8 reviews
"jewelry"
in 64 reviews
"galleries"
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"wares"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited La Villita while in San Antonio. There are many historic houses that now contain trendy shops and a few restaurants. If you are in the area, go to the Copper Gallery at La Villita. Their work is Amazing and worth the trip just...More

Thank TooOldtoRun
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Before visiting San Antonio, I tried to find shopping areas convenient to the Riverwalk. We visited La Villita one morning as soon as it opened. Yeah, there were a few little shops in there, but they didn't carry much at all. We were pretty disappointed....More

Thank CabinFeverNY
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here after visiting Alamo and was pleasantly surprised at not only all the local art but the cute little shops within this area. There is an awesome little soap shop with a variety of handmade products as well as a wax store where...More

Thank Lori H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We followed the Riverwalk to La Villita, climbed the stairs and enjoyed the small community with in a city. The buildings the make La Villita are historic and well kept. The shops are fun and creative. To my knowledge most, if not all items in...More

Thank FritoG
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are some really great shops here, some really unusual places to buy gifts or a treat for yourself.

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Don't come here expecting even the faintest vestige of the historical old town. Do come expecting tchotchkes aplenty. It is a small and pleasant, but undistinguished, collection of gallerias and restaurants set on a brick thoroughfare. All in all a pleasant enough diversion if you...More

Thank Jonathan K
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Unique area of small shops and restaurants in heart of Downtown. Organized in 1939 to provide locale for local artists and crafters in colorful historic buildings. Reminds me a bit of Old Town in San Diego.

1  Thank Wesley C
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

We really enjoyed La Villita Historic Arts Village. We came across it quite by chance when we were walking along the Riverwalk. There was a dance competition going on and the music drew us in. La Villita is like an oasis. We loved the shops...More

Thank justjo008
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

The reviews on TA for this attraction are very varied and we weren't sure what to expect. In the event we found it disappointing and frankly rather depressing. There were one or two interesting shops and one or two buildings of note but overall it's...More

1  Thank AllanJGJ
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place, nice shops, but it has seen better days. We walked for a couple of hours, visited a number of shops, and just lasted out for a while. We finished up with the out door theater and just walking back to our hotel via...More

Thank Hummer1973
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Both are along the Riverealk so a stroll southward from the hotel will get you to La Villita. Approximately 10-15 minutes unless you stop for beverages along the way! Per other response Boudros does have delicious... More
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