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Build the Perfect Day in San Antonio 

City Guide

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Experience all that San Antonio has to offer in a day? Impossible.

Our city is too big and too diverse for that. Even for longtime residents, finding the perfect way to spend a day in the Alamo City can be overwhelming — forget about it if you're just passing through or new to the area.

But that's what this handy-dandy City Guide is for. No, we haven't tried to capture everything to do, see and eat in San Antonio. Nor is this a step-by-step instruction guide for what we think you should be doing.

Instead, we've assembled a collection of ingredients for what could be the perfect San Antonio day — whatever that means to you. We've broken it down into sections for each part of the day. From dawn to dusk, to dead of night and back again, City Guide has suggestions on where to eat and what to do.

The guide goes beyond killer happy hours and where to find great Thai (though there's plenty of that, too). It's also got the scoop on info you never knew you needed until now: where to sneak in a post-work workout, where to get your beard trimmed, where to grab some early morning hair of the dog (or just keep the night going) where to buy gifts for your deadhead uncle.

Of course, that must-have knowledge is also included. Suggestions on Mexican cuisine, concert venues, hike-and-bike trails and coffee shops all made the cut.

Regardless of when you're in San Antonio (or if you're a resident and need a reminder of what happens when), there's almost always a one-of-a-kind event happening somewhere. We've included details for seasonal events like Fiesta, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, the Pride Festival and more.

Whether you're a night owl, an early riser or just looking for a new place to grab lunch, this is the book you need. Keep it close day and night, all year 'round.


Find Tranquility Through Yoga
Walk or Bike Through Downtown
Bird Watch at Olmos Basin
Watch The Sun Rise from a Historic Hill
Breakfast at Jim’s


Nourish with Juice
Power Through Your Morning Meeting
Explore the Emerald Ring
Drink Your Breakfast
Go Fishing
Pick Up Breakfast Tacos


Take a Hike
Get Zen at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Do the DoSeum
Reach for the River
Forage Farmers Markets
Wake and Bake
Go Antiquing on Hildebrand


Score a Slice
Eat on the Cheap
Lunch in the Park
Sneak a Beer
Multitask at the Cove
Get Groomed
Feast at Food Trucks
Get Your Nails Did

Coffee Break

Indulge in Indie Coffee
Freshen Up with a Fruit Cup
Browse for Books and Vinyl

Happy Hour

Make Happy Hour Count
Get Jacked at Crossfit
Cool Down with a Cold One
Go Retro
Take a Joyride
Rack 'Em Up
Drink at Home

Early Evening

Go Gallery Hopping
Get Batty
Discover the Four Southern Missions
Unleash the Hounds
Work It Out
Unwind at Woodlawn


Savor Can't-Miss Cuisine
Eat Your Way Through the Pearl
Where to Wow Out-Of-Towners
Treat the Tots
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Rally the Troops


It's Showtime, San Antonio
Cozy up with the Burlesque Scene
Be a Karaoke Star
Bar Hop on the Strip
Catch a Flick
Take in a Show

Late Night

Cruise the Gayborhood
Tipple Cocktail Creations
Twerk It Out
"Gift" Shop at Planet K
Snag a Naughty Novelty
Grab Late-Night Tacos
Eat Great Late

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March 25, 2020


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