What’s old is new again

Monte Vista is the largest historic district (and one of the oldest!) in the United States. But don’t let its age fool you. There’s newness popping up on every corner as locals reinvest in the neighborhood to keep shops and eateries fresh and fun. Adjacent to Monte Vista, Olmos Park is tucked into lush landscaping and boasts unique architecture on every block. Just south, Alta Vista (another historic neighborhood) borders Pearl and is filled with locally-owned restaurants and bars off the beaten path. What’s old is new again in this neighborhood. Come see what we mean.

Historical Significance

The grand residences of Monte Vista, the largest historic district in America, were built between 1890 and 1930 to represent Georgian, Moorish, Antebellum, Victorian, Queen Anne, Spanish and Hollywood Bungalow styles. And, nearby Olmos Park’s history dates to the mid 1920s, when prominent oilman H.C. Thorman purchased property from an Austrian count to develop the exclusive suburb of magnificent manors. Prior to that development, the site served as training grounds for U.S. Army balloonists.

Neighborhood Favorites

Browse the Landa Library (a local favorite for outings with kids!) and Valero Energy Pavilion for indoor and outdoor reading and playtime. Take a dive into the San Pedro Springs Park, San Antonio’s oldest designated park, or pick up a racket and play tennis at the adjacent McFarlin Tennis Center. Then visit local favorite Scobee Planiterium. Catch a local production at the nearby Playhouse Theater. Or, shop for vintage treasures and funky finds along McCullough and Hildebrand at staples like Big Grass, Off My Rocker, Hogwild Records and Feliz Modern. For food and drinks, The Yard Shopping Center boasts several local eateries like Urth Juice Bar, Sabor Cocinar and Yaya’s Thai, For a unique dining experience, try Mixtli. The progressive Mexican cuisine restaurant serves meals in 10 courses to 12 guests per dinner, and rotates its menu every six weeks based on the chef’s most recent travel adventures. For breakfast tacos, visit Taco Taco Café, voted “Best Tacos in America” by Bon Appetit. For family food and fun, visit local favorite, The Cove – a beer garden, restaurant, laundromat, car wash, dog wash and live music venue. They serve up sustainable, organic food and more than 50 varieties of beer on tap. Yes, they have it all.

Search for a bed and breakfast tucked into the classic and historic neighborhoods of Monte Vista, Olmos Park and Alta Vista. Or, check out boutique and family-friendly hotels in the area and around downtown for ease of access to all major attractions, shops and restaurants.

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For a healthy start, consider Urth Juice Bar at The Yard Shopping Center or Five Points Local off Flores St. For lunch, get adventurous with Yaya’s Thai, Ming’s Noodle Bar or Nicki’s Tokyo Inn. For a fun happy hour and small bites, consider La Fonda on Main or nearby Periphery. For the “best tacos in America,” don’t miss Taco Taco Cafe on Hildebrand.

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Antique shops line Hildebrand and W. Olmos Drive – don’t miss staples like Big Grass, Off My Rocker, Hogwild Records and Feliz Modern. For active fun, check out the San Pedro Springs Park. Or read a book on the lawn at Landa Library. Then, visit their popular, shaded playground. Catch a local production at The Public Theater San Antonio, or visit The Cove for food, craft beers, playscapes and live music fun.

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