The choice of shopping malls in San Antonio is extremely varied, ranging from expansive strip malls to surprisingly specialised complexes. While some care found around the historic city centre, most are towards the outskirts, where there’s more space and wider roads.

    The choice of goods on offer is no less varied. In most, you can naturally find high-end fashion, electronics, accessories – all the usual stuff. Others focus on homeware, art and even antiques. If you like your shopping experiences focussed in a place, take a look at our pick of San Antonio’s best shopping malls.

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    The Shops at La Cantera

    Open-air shopping right off I-10

    The Shops at La Cantera is an award-winning retail centre and a mainstay of the San Antonio shopping scene. Located not far from Interstate 10, this open-air shopping development provides access to almost 200 stores and service providers, including 6 major anchors, with Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus among them.

    The Shops at La Cantera also has a wide range of food options here, as well as a full spa and wellness centre offering pampering and indulgence.

    Location: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-582-6255

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    Shops at Rivercenter

    Shopping fun in the heart of downtown San Antonio

    Originally built in 1988, the Shops at Rivercenter remains one of the premier options in downtown San Antonio for shopping, dining, and fun. It has over 100 retailers, ranging from Macy’s and Harris Jewelry to Polo and H&M. It’s located along the River Walk, which provides you with direct access to even more things to see and do.

    In addition to shopping, you’ll find that this facility connects to the San Antonio Marriott Hotel. It also connects to multiple parking garages, an IMAX screen, 6 restaurants, and a conventional theatre.

    Location: 849 E Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 210-225-0000

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    Northwoods Shopping Center

    Shopping, dining, movies and more

    The Northwoods Shopping Center covers almost 700,000 sq ft and offers a broad range of shopping, dining, and entertainment choices. It’s anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, HEB Grocery, Marshall’s, and Academy Sports & Outdoors to name just a few. However, there are numerous other stores and speciality boutiques, including Kohl’s, Ulta Beauty, Barnes and Noble, Stein Mart, and Old Navy.

    There’s a Regal Cinema within the shopping centre if you want a break from shopping. Make sure to stop by the Cold Stone Creamery for ice cream, Starbucks for coffee, or Red Robin for a gourmet burger.

    Location: US 281 N & N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78238, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-366-3555

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    North Star Mall

    Experience a wide range of indoor shopping opportunities

    Spanning over 1.2 million sq ft of space, North Star Mall is one of the most popular shopping options in San Antonio. It’s an indoor mall, which is good news for anyone struggling with the Texas heat. It’s also home to some of the best-known anchor stores in the US, including Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, JC Penney, and Macy’s.

    Of course, there are over 200 speciality stores and service providers to explore, too. For dining options, you can head to the food court or the mall's 3 sit-down restaurants – Kona Grill, Luciano’s, and The Cheesecake Factory.

    Location: 7400 San Pedro Ave, San Antoni, TX 78216, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-340-6627

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    Rolling Oaks Mall

    Adventure through 2 floors of shopping

    Rolling Oaks Mall is a true indoor mall, featuring anchor stores you might know and love. You’ll find JC Penney, Macy’s and Dillard’s, as well as over 100 speciality stores and service providers. Some of the smaller options here include American Eagle Outfitters, Hot Topic, PacSun, ToyWerks, and W.I.C Gifts.

    While you’re enjoying the mall, make time to stop by JC Penney’s salon, or grab a bite to eat. Grill ‘n Shout, Java Jo’z, Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine, and Famous Wok are just a few of the choices you’ll find at the food court and throughout the mall.

    Location: 6909 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78247, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-651-5601

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    Alamo Antique Mall

    A treasure trove for history lovers

    The Alamo Antique Mall is one of the top spots to find everything from one of a kind artworks to classic Western artefacts, military pocket watches, and unique decorative ceramics. Antique shopping is a popular pastime in San Antonio, given the city's fascinating past and rich links with Texan history. 

    From glassware and jewellery to antique coins, old magazines, and even vintage vinyl albums, you can find a myriad of old treasures from various dealers within the 3-storey mall. This beautiful Downtown building is an excellent place for anyone looking to take home a piece of San Antonio history.

    Location: 125 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-224-4354

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    The RIM

    Delight in one of the largest shopping areas in San Antonio

    The RIM is one of the largest shopping areas in San Antonio, featuring hundreds of shops in an outdoor mall setting. You’ll find some familiar anchor stores here, including Target, Bass Pro Shops, JC Penney, and Lowe’s, but also hundreds of smaller speciality stores and service providers.

    While you’re shopping, check out Santikos Palladium for movies, venture into Hobby Lobby or Best Buy, or check into a room at the attached Springhill Suites. There’s the Lifetime Fitness and Axis at the RIM for wellness. Dining is offered at over a dozen locations, such as 54th Street Grill & Bar, Freddy’s, IHOP, HOPDADDY Burger Bar, and Bakudan, to name a few.

    Location: 11703 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78257, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-641-1777

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    Wonderland of the Americas

    Shopping with a focus on value and family fun

    Wonderland of the Americas is an interesting shopping and lifestyle installation, offering a unique mixture of recognisable retailers, speciality shops, medical care, and entertainment. Throughout the year, the shopping centre hosts family activities and free concerts. Note that these events are only held if the weather permits.

    You’ll find shops like Target, Hobby Lobby, Burlington Coat Factory, and Ross. Dining is available here, with options like Whataburger, Denny’s, and Jack in the Box. Wonderland of the Americas also houses the Wonderland Medical Center, which includes dentists, orthodontists, and doctors. 

    Location: 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-785-3500

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    Valerie Mellema | Contributing Writer

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