I don’t care much for shopping, but we parked in the mall parking garage to access the River Walk and did some browsing along the way. I didn’t find it to be a very pleasant experience, as the vendors in the kiosks were very aggressive in approaching us. I felt more like I was in a market in a developing country than in a U.S. mall. We ended up walking much more quickly through it than we would have if we’d been able to browse undisturbed. Other than some cookies at Great American Cookies, I bought nothing.
On the plus side, the mall has windows overlooking the river, and the view is wonderful. I got some good pictures of the river from that vantage point.
The food court is on the lower floor and looks like it has a good selection of food. Many of the restaurants were offering samples of their food and I tried some of them. I especially liked the teriyaki chicken I had at one location. The food court has tables indoors overlooking the River Walk and some tables outside right by the river. It looks like it would be a pleasant place to eat an inexpensive meal when it isn’t crowded.
As we exited the mall on the river level, there was a man playing Christmas music on a zampoña (Andean Pan pipes), which added to the festive atmosphere at that end of the river. We were able to conveniently board and leave the river taxi right outside the mall.
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