The Shops at La Cantera is a luxury open-air shopping center in the northwest of San Antonio, Texas. With over 1 million sq ft of retail space and on a 150 acre site that's also home to luxury apartments, hotels, spas, championship golf courses and entertainment options, it offers the finest selection of retail outlets in the area.
The center first opened to the public in September 2005 and has seen vast expansion since, with the most recent phase being completed in October 2008. The center has won awards for its design and is in a fantastic setting, and being out in the open only adds to its appeal and atmosphere.
Currently, the mall is home to four anchor department stores of Dillard's, Macy's, and the first Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus stores in the city. Other retailers on offer include everything from chain store favorites to high-end luxury boutiques, with just some of the options being Gap, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Betsey Johnson, Ralph Lauren, Sephora, Apple Store, Guess, True Religion and L'Occitane.
The great selection of restaurants and eateries on offer will leave guests spoilt for choice and even the most fussy of customers satisfied. There's something for all tastes and time scales including Cafy Bistro, Kona Grill, Godiva Chocolatier, Luciano, Subway, Zen Kitchen, Fish City Grill and Grimaldi's Pizzeria, to name but a few.
The entertainment options in the mall itself are pretty limited, with the only choice being the soft play area for children. However, The Shops at La Cantera is only a part of the huge La Cantera complex, with a hotel and spa and two world-class golf courses being just a taste of what else is on offer.
The shopping center is home to numerous events and promotions throughout the year, some mall-wide and some store-specific but always offering that little bit extra. Events include everything from food and wine festivals to fashion weeks and beauty consultations, so it's worth checking their calendar regularly.
To add even more to a trip, The Shops offers both valet parking for just $5 per day and a personal shopping service to help find that all-important outfit, as well as special packages and group tours always being accommodated.
The shopping center is open daily from 10am until 9pm Monday to Saturday and from noon until 6pm on Sundays. Opening hours of individual shops and restaurants can vary, as can holiday opening hours so it's advisable to check first.
The Shops at La Cantera offers one of the finest selections of stores and eateries in the area, covering every market and appealing to locals and tourists alike. With such a huge array of high-end stores it isn't surprising that it's so popular, and being in a prime location surrounded by everything else that the complex and San Antonio as a whole has to offer it's surely only going to get bigger and better.
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