La Plaza Mall
Discover an international shopping mecca and cultural melting pot in one place at La Plaza Mall. Situated just five miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and a short drive from major South Texas cities, airports and beaches, La Plaza Mall draws shoppers from across Texas, Mexico and beyond.
Explore hundreds of luxury brands, value retailers, jewellers and department stores, including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Banana Republic, Zara, Michael Kors, Deutsch & Deutsch Rolex Boutique, Armani Exchange and more. When you’re finished shopping, the natural wonders of South Texas await, from the World Birding Center to the beautiful shores of South Padre Island – making La Plaza Mall the perfect place for a mini-getaway.
Restaurants and Dining
Satisfy your style – and your cravings! La Plaza Mall is home to many unique dining experiences, not to mention one of America’s most distinctive culinary cultures. At the centre, enjoy decadent treats at Carlo’s Bakery (as seen on the TV series “Cake Boss”), steaks at Texas de Brazil, upscale Italian at Buddy V’s Ristorante and flavours of Mexico at Palenque Grill. There are many more grab-and-go options if you’d rather save time for shopping.
Beyond the centre, feast on prime cuts at Santa Fe Steakhouse & Cantina, modern gourmet dining at SALT – New American Table or Tex-Mex and margaritas at The Republic of the Rio Grande, all located in nearby McAllen.
Things to do
Beyond the shopping, there’s plenty to keep you busy at La Plaza Mall. Kids will love the climbable playsets, games and interactive displays at Disney Junior Play Zone. Help your little ones make cuddly creations at Build-a-Bear Workshop, or set aside some “me time” at one of the upscale salons and day spas located on-site.
Outside the centre, amazing natural sights and cultural experiences await throughout South Texas. Have a beach day at South Padre Island, or take in natural wonders at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. Bring your binoculars to spot rare species at nine World Birding Center locations throughout South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.
Where to stay
Close to the shopping centre, beaches and major South Texas cities, hotels in the McAllen area accommodate every budget, style and group size. A few of the exceptional hotels nearby include:
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen
- Staybridge Suites McAllen
- Wingate by Wyndham McAllen
- La Quinta Inn & Suites McAllen La Plaza Mall
- Embassy Suites McAllen/Convention Center
- Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel
- Courtyard by Marriott McAllen Airport
The cities of Harlingen, Brownsville and South Padre Island offer a wide variety of accommodations as well, all located under 1.5 hours from the centre by car.
No matter which area of South Texas or Mexico you’re arriving from, you’ll easily find your way to La Plaza Mall. Most of our guests arrive by car, and the centre provides plenty of free parking.
Travelling from Mexico:
Hidalgo International Bridge
From International Bridge continue onto International Boulevard until it merges onto 23rd Street. Stay in right lane until you get to Uvalde Street. Turn right on Uvalde Street and continue approximately one mile past Bicentennial Boulevard.
Anzalduas International Bridge
Head south on Anzalduas International Bridge for about one mile. Turn right onto S. Farm to Market 494/Old Military Road. Continue driving on Old Military Road for about 7 miles until TX336/10th Street. Once on 10th Street, drive north three miles.
Laredo International Bridge
From International Bridge make a left on TX-255 E, for 1.5 miles. Turn right on FM 1472 S/Mines Road. Take ramp to Interstate 35 North. Keep left at fork, follow signs for Interstate 35 S and merge onto I-35 South. Take exit toward Park Street/Sanchez Street. Merge onto Santa Ursula Avenue. Turn left onto Park Street. Continue onto Clark Street. Turn right on N Meadow Avenue. Turn right onto Interstate 2 / S Sacred Heart Drive. Follow Interstate 2 E for 139 miles. Take exit toward TX-336/Main St./10th St
Travelling from San Antonio
Go I-37 south to I-10 south. Merge to I-37, drive approximately 80 miles. Exit 59 south and merge onto Farm to Market Rd. 799. Drive for approximately 10 miles on 59 south. Turn left onto US 281 South/S. Nueces Street. Drive south approximately 149 miles. Take exit to Interstate 2 West. Continue driving six miles. Exit on S 10th St. Turn left to South 10th Street and drive one mile.
Cash Points & Currency Exchange
Stores at La Plaza Mall accept most major credit and debit cards, but multiple cash point machines are available at the centre for your convenience (in the food court and at two on-site IBC Bank locations).
For our international travellers, La Plaza Mall offers two currency exchange centres, at IBC Bank and Texas Money Exchange.