San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the United States, is commonly ranked as one of the best U.S. cities to live in. San Antonio’s neighborhoods radiate with culture and many of them have stellar views of the city. There are plenty of things to do in San Antonio neighborhoods, but what are the best neighborhoods in the city and what can you expect to experience in them?
Alamo Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio, and the longevity has bred a unique culture that appreciates the finer things in life. Take a quick walk around the block and you can discover a quaint, upscale neighborhood that has some of the best restaurants, museums, boutiques and bars in San Antonio. Alamo Heights also has Brackenridge Park, which is among the most beautiful city parks in the nation, the family-friendly Witte Museum, and stunning art collections at the McNay.
Right outside of San Antonio is historic Boerne. The small town and suburb was founded in 1849, and today it boasts antique shops, local boutiques, historic building, and plenty of reputable eateries. Go for a jog through the heart of Boerne and you’ll discover the beautiful Cibolo Creek and stunning sunsets at the Cibolo Wilderness Area. If you’re looking for upscale dining try a meal underneath the evening sky at The Creek Restaurant. Or if you’d prefer exploring casual eateries, try the Dodging Duck Brewhaus.
Brackenridge Park is a lovely neighborhood near its namesake park at the base of the San Antonio River headwaters. The surrounding areas showcase the San Antonio Zoo, The Japanese Tea Garden, and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. To enjoy the best Tex-Mex in San Antonio, visit the local Brackenridge haunt Paloma Blanca.
Although downtown San Antonio is expensive, there is no better place in the city to find a dense concentration of amazing restaurants, hotels for guests, attractions. After rush hour is over, explore the area by foot and see its beautiful architecture, quaint shops, and charismatic bars and clubs. During the holidays, be sure to visit the historic King William District for festivities. For refined dining in downtown San Antonio, visit Azuca, Bella on the River, and Gwendolyn.
Tobin Hill is an upscale neighborhood that is popular with affluent young professionals. Peek out your window and you’ll see unique architecture that blends appeal of mansions and craftsman-style homes. Tobin Hill also has plenty of restaurants, bars and local spaces for community get-togethers. For a taste of Tobin Hill cuisine, try The Cookhouse or Rumble, and for an evening stroll through the park, visit either Crockett or San Pedro Springs parks.
Cibolo and Schertz
Cibolo and Schertz are becoming up-and-coming areas for families who want well-rated public schools, robust shopping options and community-driven suburban atmospheres. The areas also have fairly short commutes into San Antonio. Both areas share the recently renovated Schertz Soccer Complex, the upcoming Schertz Aquatic Center, several playgrounds, and plenty of hiking and biking trails. When starting your morning with a sunrise peeking through tree-lined streets, consider stopping by Cibolo Coffee Haus to jumpstart your day. For more family activities, partake in the frequent Movies in the Park events.
San Antonio is becoming more affluent and prosperous, and few neighborhoods show this better than Monte Vista, an affluent historic district in the center of San Antonio. A brisk walk a hop, skip and jump away from the excitement of downtown. Here you'll discover creative architecture, wonderful restaurants, an easy-going atmosphere, plenty of community-driven bars and a few unique boutiques.
Dignowity Hill & Government Hill
The Hill sister areas, Dignowity and Government, feature a thriving artistic and professional community that strongly embrace locally owned businesses and public spaces. The area is teeming with millennials, who are often attracted to the area for its relative affordability and progressive atmosphere. Homes in the area are undergoing renovations that harken back to the classic San Antonio architectural style. Dignowity Hill residents also have access to a seasonal farmers market and local haunts like the Alamo Beer Company.
Lavaca is the oldest existing neighborhood in San Antonio, and despite its small size the area has become very popular among people who can afford a ritzy lifestyle. The area’s architecture is a treat to behold; new and renovated homes include modern architectural designs that complement the renovated historic homes and the area’s smattering of Victorian and cottage-style homes. The area also boasts plenty of bars with daily happy hours, art galleries and community potlucks.