San Antonio’s North River Walk

The two-year-old extension of the famed promenade offers Roman antiquities, Roman delicacies, and plenty of opportunities for roamin’.
Hotel Havana
Hotel Havana
Photograph by Sarah Sudhoff

1. Hotel Havana

The River Walk’s bustling heart is clogged with chain hotels; if you want more-laid-back lodging, head a few blocks north to this quiet retreat. The historic structure, which welcomed its first guests in 1914, was revamped in 2010 by hip hotelier Liz Lambert, who kept the original wrought-iron beds and added thoughtful touches like baskets of whimsical souvenirs (maracas, “good luck” sock monkeys). The Ocho lounge offers late-night munchies like huitlacoche quesadillas and shrimp and crab campechanas. 1015 Navarro, 210-222-2008,


2. San Antonio museum of art

The original home of the Lone Star Brewery, this stately nineteenth-century structure is now a labyrinthine repository of contemporary art and priceless relics. Since 1981, SAMA has added a 15,000-square-foot wing to display its extensive Asian holdings and amassed the largest public collection of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities in Texas. Situated on the River Walk’s “Museum Reach” extension, which opened in 2009, the building is now easily accessible by river taxi. 200 W. Jones Ave., 210-978-8100,


3. La Gloria ice house

The best antidote for a soaring heat index has got to be a cold agua fresca. You’ll likely down an entire glass of creamy horchata before you finish reading the extensive menu at this interior-Mexican eatery in the Pearl Brewery complex. Offerings range from tortas (think grilled bolillos and chipotle crema) and tacos (get the crispy Nayarit pork) to tlayudas (corn tortilla “pizzas” topped with queso oaxaca) and tongue-cooling ceviches. When temperatures dip below “unbearable,” enjoy the view—and a frozen margarita—from the riverside patio. 100 E. Grayson, 210-267-9040,


4. Sandbar fish house and market

Briny bivalves will call out to you like sirens

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