San Antonio’s historic roots are preserved at La Villita Heritage District, a protected enclave of heritage buildings. The arts village is a living and breathing part of San Antonio, with boutiques, restaurants and galleries taking up the historic old buildings.
On a walking tour of the precinct you’ll see Cos House, one of the oldest buildings, dating back to before 1835. Other old buildings include the 1873 house occupied by Villita Stained Glass, and the 1839 cottage known as Losana House.
Shops in this vibrant quarter include Texan outfitters, art and craft galleries, souvenir shops and jewelry stores. You’ll also find a couple of typically Texan grills and cafes for snacks, meals and cocktails.
Review by Ann, USA, March 2012
I absolutely loved this place. The art and merchandise sold at the shops here were all handmade locally. And the people were so nice that it seemed unreal. I highly recommend La Villita. Pictures coming soon.
Review by Anonymous, April 2009
Doing what: Alamo Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
La Villita is on Villita Street, running off HemisFair Park in the center of San Antonio. The Alamo is a couple of blocks north.