La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita Historic Arts Village
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NeighbourhoodsHistoric Walking Areas
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
About
Located on the South bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods and served in several iconic, historic Texas moments. In 1939, Mayor Maury Maverick dedicated the Mission of La Villita to preserving Arts and Culture, fostering an environment where local Artisans can produce works and share in cultural community engagement and events. A quaint and peaceful City park, La Villita is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Districts. Over 25 galleries, boutiques, and restaurants in the nature-filled block offer unique art, oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, metalwork, rock art, textiles, copper wares, jewelry, stained glass, regional folk-art, and award-winning culinary provisions. Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat. 10AM - 6PM Sun. 11AM - 4PM
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,751 contributions
    Nearly 300 years of history
    La Villita Historic Arts Village is an art community in San Antonio, Texas, with art galleries and shops that feature local, original and handcrafted keepsakes, contemporary jewelry, locally designed fashions, pottery and imported Mexican folk art and artisans and craftsmen who specialize in metal smithing, jewelry making, painting and body care. Located at 418 Villita Street, on the south bank of the San Antonio River, near the San Antonio River Walk and the Alamo, it is within walking distance of most downtown hotels. Open from 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday, La Villita was one of San Antonio's first neighborhoods, dating to 1845. Visitors walk the cobblestone streets, relax in the tree-shaded courtyards, take a lunch break at one of the restaurants in the village and admire the folk art that lines the colorful shop windows. Art galleries and shops found in one city block offer art by local and regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copperwares, pottery, jewelry, stained glass and regional folk art. In addition, there are new fewer than 27 buildings or houses that are listed as notable within the district, including the 1811 Elmendorf House at 220 Arciniega, the 1818 Aldrete House at 323 East Nueva and the 1835 Cos House at 503 Villita. Shoppers can visit Starving Artist Art Gallery, Plaza Taxco, Villa Tesoros, River Art Gallery, Yolix Luna Fine Art, Scentchips USA, Sifuentes Metalsmith, River Art Group Inc., Capistrano Soap Company, Angelita, Copper Gallery and Little Studio Gallery. Hungry? Enjoy the French inspired cuisine at Fig Tree or stop at La Villita Cafe, Smoke BBQ & Riverbar, Little Rhein Prost House or Guadalajara Grill. La Villita Historic Arts Village was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • fbglove
    Fredericksburg, Texas1,100 contributions
    Don't go during Fiesta
    Can't get into a lot of the shops during Fiesta since they close down completely or close early to avoid the drinking and partying crowds in their stores. That was disappointing because La Villita is such a charming historical area of town. So, I don't recommend going during Fiesta time.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 May 2023
  • JBHeisman
    Colorado Springs, Colorado70 contributions
    Shopping to Shows
    We hit the shops during the day to check out all the various mediums of art being displayed for sale. While doing so, we ran into the sign advertising a show in the auditorium that evening. We didn't find anything at the shops we felt like having shipped home but the pieces are great. We did attend the show, it was about 2 hours and they were great. Would certainly hit another show the next time we're around.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Deborah S
    2 contributions
    Shop. Dine. Explore.
    Quaint, historic village filled with artisan shops, art galleries and restaurants. Great place to unwind and feel a true sense of San Antonio charm and character. Most businesses are open 10 am to 6 pm daily. Visit with the makers and shop locally at small boutiques along the banks of the famed San Antonio River Walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 11 August 2023
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Deborah S
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Business
Quaint, historic village filled with artisan shops, art galleries and restaurants. Great place to unwind and feel a true sense of San Antonio charm and character. Most businesses are open 10 am to 6 pm daily. Visit with the makers and shop locally at small boutiques along the banks of the famed San Antonio River Walk.
Written 11 August 2023
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JBHeisman
Colorado Springs, CO70 contributions
Aug 2023
We hit the shops during the day to check out all the various mediums of art being displayed for sale. While doing so, we ran into the sign advertising a show in the auditorium that evening. We didn't find anything at the shops we felt like having shipped home but the pieces are great. We did attend the show, it was about 2 hours and they were great. Would certainly hit another show the next time we're around.
Written 7 August 2023
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Amanda W
Linn, MO1,720 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We roamed thru the arts village on a Sunday - wish more would have been open as many stores looked interesting from the outside. Quaint little area with a cafe and open air seating to relax .
Written 10 June 2023
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fbglove
Fredericksburg, TX1,100 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Can't get into a lot of the shops during Fiesta since they close down completely or close early to avoid the drinking and partying crowds in their stores. That was disappointing because La Villita is such a charming historical area of town. So, I don't recommend going during Fiesta time.
Written 1 May 2023
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Rebecca F
4 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We did some of our favorite shopping here we went on a Tuesday after Easter and not everything was open but a lot of it was things were very affordable and also a lot of great art plus the church and the buildings for so interesting. Great Little detour off the Riverwalk.
Written 13 April 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,751 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
La Villita Historic Arts Village is an art community in San Antonio, Texas, with art galleries and shops that feature local, original and handcrafted keepsakes, contemporary jewelry, locally designed fashions, pottery and imported Mexican folk art and artisans and craftsmen who specialize in metal smithing, jewelry making, painting and body care. Located at 418 Villita Street, on the south bank of the San Antonio River, near the San Antonio River Walk and the Alamo, it is within walking distance of most downtown hotels. Open from 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday, La Villita was one of San Antonio's first neighborhoods, dating to 1845. Visitors walk the cobblestone streets, relax in the tree-shaded courtyards, take a lunch break at one of the restaurants in the village and admire the folk art that lines the colorful shop windows. Art galleries and shops found in one city block offer art by local and regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copperwares, pottery, jewelry, stained glass and regional folk art. In addition, there are new fewer than 27 buildings or houses that are listed as notable within the district, including the 1811 Elmendorf House at 220 Arciniega, the 1818 Aldrete House at 323 East Nueva and the 1835 Cos House at 503 Villita. Shoppers can visit Starving Artist Art Gallery, Plaza Taxco, Villa Tesoros, River Art Gallery, Yolix Luna Fine Art, Scentchips USA, Sifuentes Metalsmith, River Art Group Inc., Capistrano Soap Company, Angelita, Copper Gallery and Little Studio Gallery. Hungry? Enjoy the French inspired cuisine at Fig Tree or stop at La Villita Cafe, Smoke BBQ & Riverbar, Little Rhein Prost House or Guadalajara Grill. La Villita Historic Arts Village was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Written 2 April 2023
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KYlove
Lexington, KY59 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Cute district with great architecture and shops to explore. Currently under some construction, but it was mostly open. Easily accessible from Yanaiguana Garden and the Riverwalk.
Written 7 October 2022
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Josue C
New Haven, CT505 contributions
Nov 2021
When visited La Villita, there was a lot of renovations and construction, so there wasn't as many shops open as I would expect in better conditions. The parts that ere open left a positive impression of things to come. La Villita is an old neighborhood that has become an artisan village, for locals to show case their art work and crafts. Located by the Riverwalk, it is a cute and quaint area very reminiscent of the old southwest. Lots of the shops had handcrafted work, and restaurants provide good food in a great ambiance. I do plan of visiting San Antonio and going to La Villita.
Written 23 August 2022
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Catherine W
Brookfield, WI97 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
La Villita is a quaint historical,cultural village located on the River Walk> its made up of craft and boutique type shops and some restaurants. It also has an out door theater facing the river with the stage on the other side of the river. Very unique and pretty. This was a nice place to spend an afternoon shopping and having lunch.
Written 31 May 2022
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Tim J
Brookline, MA441 contributions
Oct 2021
This was a destination spot for us when we decided to travel to San Antonio. My brother wanted to find his lady something special and unique to the area, I was interested in seeing what kind of jewelry was available and how the rest of the Villita looked. When we stepped foot between the gates we noticed two things, a LOT of construction and no one really around. The 'vibe' of this area was one of transition and didn't feel lively or artistic.

Despite this I still wound have rated this place as at least very good. The African American Museum was amazing and there were some artisans shaping metal/glass and painting so you could feel what will make this place great when construction is completed...however, there were a LOT of shop owners who couldn't have cared less about whether you were there or not. We went into nine places and ONE person actually greeted us. One lady was so disinterested in us being there that she didn't stop looking at her computer or speak to us while we were asking here for assistance.

It left us with a feel that many of these artisans feel like the rest of us are garbage and don't want to come down to our level to speak to us. It's not really a great look when you're trying to sell yourself and your small village as an experience. Maybe they are different playing to an audience, but damn do they seem to find the rest of us revolting. I'd go back for the two shops (Plaza Taxco and Copper Gallery) that enthusiastically greeted us and showed us some unique items to purchase. Some of these other places though really need to remember they don't exist without the patrons they can't seem to stomach.
Written 10 April 2022
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