San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso.
Photo by Heidi Phillips.
The distinct district features a mix of new and historic destinations.
By Ashley M. Biggers
El Paso's downtown encompasses several neighborhoods, including Las Plazas, the Office District, and Union Plaza. At its heart lies the recently renovated San Jacinto Plaza, where a fiberglass sculpture by acclaimed artist and El Paso native Luis Jiménez nods to the alligators that once lived there and wheel-like paths lead to its attractions.
The Abraham Chavez Theater, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso Convention and Performing Art Center, and Plaza Theater sit within walking distance. The latter, a 1930s restored movie house, hosts touring Broadway plays, national music acts, and community theater productions. For sports fans, both the Minor League Baseball El Paso Chihuahuas and the United Soccer League El Paso Locomotive FC play at Southwest University Park.
What's old is new again in this resurgent neighborhood. Famous 20th-century architect Henry Trost designed 10 buildings here, many of which have been transformed into modern, stylish hotels.
On weekends, check out the Downtown Art and Farmers Market, where pop up stands offer everything from fresh-baked pastries to handcrafted jewelry.
For refreshments, grab a cup of Joe from Coffee Box or a craft beer from El Paso Brewing Co. or DeadBeach.