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San Marcos Downtown Square

Downtown | Among our treasures, locally-owned shops and restaurants, bistros and nightspots adorn every corner of historic downtown San Marcos, fueling American’s favorite vacation pastimes – shopping and eating!

For a complete listing of all Downtown merchants click HERE for a brochure. 

For parking options click HERE 

Bring along your appetite and savor our rich, local flavor, gourmet Texas Fusion, ethnic flair, plus a wide array of traditional favorites. You’ll love our charming neighborhood cafés, our college “hang-outs,” and local favorites. Some great places for breakfast include Cafe on the Square and Stellar Cafe.

Have a delicious lunch at Root Cellar Cafe serving anything from a sandwich or salad made from local produce to your pub favorites at Sean Patrick's Irish Pub. If you need a something a little sweet to get you through the day, stop in and have an ice cream cone at Rhea's Ice Cream. Rhea creates each flavor herself and she has created some interesting flavors, such as Maple Bacon and Big Red. Other sweet stops include Smoothie Warrior and Gil's Broiler and Manske Roll Bakery.

Unique gifts, trendy boutiques, cool art, vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry and handmade furniture are all in the bag when you shop in the historic downtown square. A long time favorite within downtown San Marcos, Paper Bear has unexpected gifts for the person who has everything. In the mood to reclaim vintage clothing and make it your own? Shop  Twice Blessed, and Vagabond Vintage.  


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Mermaid March

Mermaid March consists of ten seven-foot mermaid statues painted by regional artists installed around the city. This public art project by the San Marcos Arts Commission celebrates the art, culture and natural beauty of the city. 


San Marcos Brew Pub Tours

Downtown | The Brewpub Tour is a guided walking tour through historic downtown San Marcos. If you are interested in learning more about the history of beer, how it is made, the difference in beers, and seeing the passion of some of the best brew-masters in Texas!
Click HERE to book your tour (Tours available Friday-Sunday)

Local Artist Exhibits

Local artist exhibits can be found around town at several spots including coffee shops, restaurants and local businesses.