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Welcome to Day Tripping, a look at the best shopping spots outside the empire that is North Texas.

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San Antonio might be the biggest little sleepy town in Texas. Yet for a city fixated on its basketball team (see picture) almost above all else, it also has some pretty good shopping. Take a look at our best bets below.


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1. The Shops at La Cantera

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15900 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256
(210) 582-6255
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This lovely outdoor mall on the outskirts of the city offers upscale alternatives, including Neiman Marcus, CH Carolina Herrera and Tiffany & Co.

2. Alamo Quarry Market

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255 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 824-8885
Yes, housed in a rehabbed quarry, this attractive shopping center is closer to downtown and features a diverse mix of retailers like Restoration Hardware, Nordstrom Rack and Whole Earth Provision Co.

3. North Star Mall

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7400 San Pedro Avenue, North Star
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 340-6627
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Home to one of only two Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the state, North Star Mall is the city's go-to, centrally located shopping complex.

4. Sloan-Hall

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5922 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-7738
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This "multi-category" lifestyle store in Alamo Heights features swoon-worthy items like Nina Ricci bags and Maison Martin Margiela jewelry. (There's also a location in Houston.)

5. Leighelena Pearl

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303 Pearl Parkway #101
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 224-6666
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Located in the rehabbed (and uber popular) Pearl Brewery complex, this jewelry boutique is a must-stop. The Austin-based brand's only store outside that city, Leighelena offers unusual exotic-skinned jewelry and other accessories.

6. Market Square/El Mercado

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514 West Commerce Street, San Antonio Market Square
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 207-8600
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Sure, this is a touristy stop, but it's worth it. The three-block outdoor plaza, lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio's city center, is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. with dozens of shops selling everything from hand-embroidered dresses to leather belts.

7. Hanley Wood

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5611 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 822-3311
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This high-end gifts-and-more store in Alamo Heights has won legions over for its delicate and irresistible array of "didn't know I needed that" items.

1. The Shops at La Cantera

15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256
This lovely outdoor mall on the outskirts of the city offers upscale alternatives, including Neiman Marcus, CH Carolina Herrera and Tiffany & Co.
15900 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256

2. Alamo Quarry Market

255 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
Yes, housed in a rehabbed quarry, this attractive shopping center is closer to downtown and features a diverse mix of retailers like Restoration Hardware, Nordstrom Rack and Whole Earth Provision Co.
255 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209

3. North Star Mall

7400 San Pedro Avenue, North Star, San Antonio, TX 78216
Home to one of only two Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the state, North Star Mall is the city's go-to, centrally located shopping complex.
7400 San Pedro Avenue, North Star
San Antonio, TX 78216

4. Sloan-Hall

5922 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
This "multi-category" lifestyle store in Alamo Heights features swoon-worthy items like Nina Ricci bags and Maison Martin Margiela jewelry. (There's also a location in Houston.)
5922 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209

5. Leighelena Pearl

303 Pearl Parkway #101, San Antonio, TX 78215
Located in the rehabbed (and uber popular) Pearl Brewery complex, this jewelry boutique is a must-stop. The Austin-based brand's only store outside that city, Leighelena offers unusual exotic-skinned jewelry and other accessories.
303 Pearl Parkway #101
San Antonio, TX 78215

6. Market Square/El Mercado

514 West Commerce Street, San Antonio Market Square, San Antonio, TX 78207
Sure, this is a touristy stop, but it's worth it. The three-block outdoor plaza, lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio's city center, is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. with dozens of shops selling everything from hand-embroidered dresses to leather belts.
514 West Commerce Street, San Antonio Market Square
San Antonio, TX 78207

7. Hanley Wood

5611 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209
This high-end gifts-and-more store in Alamo Heights has won legions over for its delicate and irresistible array of "didn't know I needed that" items.
5611 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209