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Top 25 most photographed spots in San Antonio



Japanese Tea Garden by Stephen M.

Yelp’s Top 25 most photographed spots in San Antonio is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like the Japanese Tea Garden tucked away in the Alamo Heights area.. From fine dining to beautiful parks — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Most Photographed Spots in San Antonio. 

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Topping this year’s top 25 list is Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery, a popular restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike. In 1941, Pete and Cruz Cortez opened a little three-table cafe for early-rising farmers and workers at San Antonio’s Mercado. Seventy years later Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark – the place hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome. 

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

  1. Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery (Downtown)
Bakery at Mi Tierra by FoodWanderer A.

What they’re known for: Delicious Mexican food.

Yelpers say: “How can anyone critique an icon? Mi Tierra is as San Antonio as it gets. The minute you walk in you know you’re in another dimension of time and space. You go there because you have something to celebrate and people to meet. It’s going to be a good time and that’s why you chose to enter their doors. “ – Yadhira L.

2. The Alamo (Downtown)

The Alamo entrance by Mike H.

What they’re known for: National historic landmark.

Yelpers say: “A beautiful shrine to Texas Independence and the ultimate sacrifice those brave souls made to secure liberty. A must visit to anyone visiting San Antonio and those of us who live here. Walking the grounds and looking in the chapel really puts things in perspective. The guides working here are fantastic in their knowledge and friendliness. Always willing to assist and answer any question.” – Yelper Stephen C.

3. Boudro’s On The River Walk (Downtown)

Gulf shellfish by Shuqi Y.

What they’re known for: American steakhouse and seafood.

Yelpers say: “You’re in the heart of tourism in San Antonio and it’s feeding time? Have yourself some Boudro’s! (If there’s a table…). This is Puro San Antonio, but fancy. There’s Tex-Mex flavors; there’s meat and game: the menus got a little of what we’re all about ’round these parts – including the deservedly popular chunky guacamole. The little-bit-mexi; little-bit-hunter’s-delight choice of options also means you should be able to satisfy different tastes in one spot – no one has to compromise! Hooray!” – Yelper Melia R.

4. San Antonio River Walk (Downtown)

San Antonio River Walk by Chris M.

What they’re known for: City park and popular tourist destination.

Yelpers say: “The River Walk is a big part of this city’s rich history and is a must see.  Even the locals feel like tourists in their own city when at the river walk. If it’s your first time in SA I recommend you choose a hotel on the river walk and take advantage of all the river walk has to offer during the day and night life.” – Yelper Bruno S.

5. Cured (The Pearl area)

Roasted organic free range chicken by Ryan M.

What they’re known for: Hand-crafted cured foods.

Yelpers say: “Wow! This place isn’t just dinner, it’s a culinary experience! Wine first, followed by charcuterie plate. There are several options, but the lamb ham and the pork rillettes were my favorites. I had the beet, avocado and citrus salad, which was very tasty. I also had the flash fried oysters on top of pickled tapioca.” – Yelper Donna H.

6. Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina (Southtown)

7. Southerleigh Fine Food And Brewery (The Pearl area)

8. The Esquire Tavern (Downtown)

9. La Panadería (Downtown)

10. Bakery Lorraine (The Pearl area)

11. San Antonio Zoo (Brackenridge Park)

12. Max & Louie’s New York Diner (Hill Country Village)

13. Japanese Tea Garden (Brackenridge Park)

14. The Magnolia Pancake Haus (Huebner Oaks)

15. Sangria On the Burg (Medical area)

16. San Antonio Botanical Garden (Mahncke Park)

17. The Guenther House (King William)

18. San Antonio Museum of Art (Downtown)

19. McNay Art Museum (Alamo Heights)

20. Ocho (Downtown)

21. Comfort Cafe – San Antonio (Airport area)

22. The Smoke Shack (Broadway area)

23. Hot Joy (Southtown)

24. Schilos Delicatessen (Downtown)

25. La Gloria (The Pearl area)

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Most Photographed Businesses in the San Antonio area according to Yelp. To come up with this list, we identified businesses on Yelp, then ranked them based on how frequently users submit photos. This list looked at businesses in and around the San Antonio area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 22, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 22, 2022.

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