La Villita, the "little village" on the south bank of the famed San Antonio River Walk, was originally home to the primitive huts of Coahuiltecan Indians. It was settled in 1722 as the “Town of the Alamo” and used later in the 18th century as dwellings for the Spanish soliders when the Alamo became a military outpost.
After a flood in 1819, brick, stone and adobe houses replaced the earlier structures. Here, the influences of Spanish, Mexican, German, French and Polish settlers is evident. The cultural mix that occurred at this time is best illustrated by the variety of architectural styles of the buildings now comprising La Villita.
Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries occupy the structures and offer distinct handcrafted items by local artisans and craftsmen along with fine goods from around the State of Texas. You'll find paintings, folk art, jewelry, copper wares, pottery, soap, leather goods, and more in these historic structures. Plus, in the midst of tree-lined walkways and plazas, savory culinary experiences are featured at the village restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites.
Visit the center of the Americas to SHOP, DINE and EXPLORE La Villita in the heart of in downtown San Antonio, Texas!