From large national outlets to funky local boutiques - from chain restaurants to gourmet hot spots, San Antonio is known as a city that loves to dine and shop. There's no way to list all the great shopping and dining destinations in San Antonio. Here's a sampling of some of the better-known local favorites.

The Shops at La Cantera – San Antonio’s newest premier open-air shopping area. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macys and Dillards, The Shops features well-known shops like Ann Taylor, Chicos, Gap and fun like Libby Lu and Build-A-Bear Workshop. Enjoy lunch in the Cocinas or fine dining at one of the larger restaurants, including PF Chang’s and Kona Grill.

North Star Mall – Still the shining star of San Antonio shopping, North Star Mall features anchor stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillards. Inside, you’ll find great dining at Cheesecake Factory and specialty stores and familiar favorites.

Alamo Quarry Market – Known to locals as “The Quarry,” this collection of shops features powerhouses like Borders and Pottery Barn. Here, you’ll also find boutiques like locally owned Traditions, dining at PF Chang’s, J. Alexander’s or the always-fun Joe’s Crab Shack, to name a few!

Rivercenter Mall – Nestled on the banks of the River Walk downtown, Rivercenter Mall features well-known stores like Dillards and Macys plus smaller shops that cater to those who want something decidedly San Antonio!

The Rim – This gorgeous new shopping center makes the most of mixed-use development. The Rim features San Antonio’s only Bass Pro Shop plus favorites like Target and Best Buy. Plans for future growth include a boutique hotel and condominiums.

Artisan’s Alley – North Central San Antonionians have loved Artisan’s Alley for years – and for good reason! This eclectic collection of local shops has continued to attract shoppers. Foodies love Bin 555 and the tried-and-true Apple Annie’s. Stop by the Alley on Saturday’s for the farmers’ market out back.

Le Reve – Le Reve is known by foodies everywhere as one of the best dining spots in the nation. Be sure to make reservations early, and block out at least two hours to enjoy Chef Andrew Weissman’s inventive French haute cuisine.

L’Etoile –’09ers have been flocking to this French favorite for years. The menu changes daily, but it’s guaranteed to please. 

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills – Chef Jason Dady is a celebrity in the San Antonio restaurant scene, and his signature restaurant is known for its can’t-go-wrong New American cuisine. 

Bin 555 – This great spot is located at Artisan’s Alley and features and extensive wine list plus dishes sized to share. (P.S., Bin 555 is owned by San Antonio great Chef Jason Dady of The Lodge.)

Crumpet’s – This romantic spot is famous for its brunches, including an extra-special event to honor Mom. Heart-healthy dishes top the menu, as do traditional favorites.

Chris Madrid’s – Burger aficionados argue whose burgers are best, and Chris Madrid’s makes the list time and time again.

Beto’s – Beto’s has been pleasing diners for years with its fresh fish tacos, delicious empanadas and refreshing margaritas.

Paesanos – Paesanos is tried-and-true San Antonio Italian! Enjoy any of the three locations – and don’t forget to order Shrimp Paesano.

Rosarios - The Best Mexican food in San Antonio

Mi Tierra – No restaurant says “San Antonio” as fluently as Mi Tierra. Mariachis stroll through the diners, playing requested favorites, and they’ll even take your photo at the table.