Pearl: local flavor since 1883. Located just north of downtown San Antonio, Pearl provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, award-wining Hotel Emma, and the third campus of The Culinary Institute of America. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future. A fan favorite, Pearl is bursting with food and drink options, boutique shopping, festive seasonal events, and loads of local flavor.