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It’s widely known that seven is a lucky number, and it unexpectedly happens to be that San Antonio is the seventh-largest city. As the home of the Spurs, comforting eats, talented artists, and an extreme appreciation of culture — it’s no surprise Esquire named San Antonio as one of their unexpectedly awesome cities to visit.

Ranking second in an increase of population growth during one year, the city has to keep up with the demand for entertainment. Luckily, there is an array of choices for those who live in the city and for those just visiting. It can be overwhelming when trying to decide what to do. But after reading this it doesn’t have to be! There is something for everyone,  which is one of the reasons why San Antonio is an awesome city.

Eat Awesome Food

If you’ve never stepped foot in the city and plan so, one thing that’ll prepare you is an empty stomach. Several restaurants that are worth checking out have been featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Two local spots also just received recognition on Yelp’s top 100 places to brunch. What’s amazing is that many of these restaurants have been around for years. Forget the corporate names when it comes to breakfast or lunch!

Image courtesy: Comfort Cafe

Want a traditional breakfast with a view? The historic Guenther House is located right off the Riverwalk. Want something more casual? Why not try out Mi Tierra which has an array of authentic Tex-Mex food and a Mexican bakery that’s 24 hours. Or maybe just a quick bite? Then try Munchies, a small shop with snacks and more.

Explore the City

While eating awesome food is always a highlight, partaking in local activities is even more. Esquire highlighted San Antonio for several of its museums with eye-catching artwork. One is the Briscoe Museum, which will have a Hollywood Western exhibit on display starting Memorial Day. The San Antonio Museum of Art was also mentioned and has a rotation of special exhibits. 

The Wild Bunch

A still from The Wild Bunch. Image courtesy: Briscoe Western Art Museum

Besides artwork, the city has several state parks which are fun to explore. Phil Hardberger Park has one of the country’s largest land bridges and recently opened a sky bridge. And if you want a more casual stroll, the Historic Pearl Brewery has a weekend farmers market, several restaurants, and small shops.

Unexpectedly Become Prideful

While eating and partaking in activities provided by the city can make you feel like a local. It’s important to know that San Antonio prides itself on its rich history. Remember the Alamo? If you don’t, it’s one of the five missions located downtown San Antonio which played a major role in the city foundation. All five are worth a visit.

And if you explore the streets of the city you can often find murals that honor the talent and history San Antonio has cultivated. One place that has many works of art is The Blue Star Arts District located in Southdown. The Blue Star has a deep appreciation for local artists and is on the rise. 

With many things to do, it’s clear it wasn’t just luck that got San Antonio named by Esquire as an unexpectedly awesome city to visit. 

Mirella Gonzales