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Jan 2, 2012 - Texas El Mercado in San Antonio

El Mercado in San Antonio, Texas is the perfect place for people who loves Chinatown, can't help shopping whenever they are on vacation, love to be with people and don't mind a lot of walking and eating. You see, the El Mercado marketplace in Texas is not just great for the grownups but it makes a perfect getaway for the kids as well. There will be a lot of fun entertainment and fantastic deals to be had here and your kids are going to be enthralled by the myriad of choices when it comes to toys and fun gifts!

What we recommend people do is to have a long walk along the marketplace, to stop and negotiate for the best prices, remember the stall with the best prices and then come back to make your purchase at the end of your walk. This is the best way to get the best price for the products that you want – do not be hesitant about negotiating, although the negotiating in Chinatown cannot be beaten, you can still get a good price for the things that you want with friendly negotiations. And besides, many of the stalls open sell common items so, you know that competition is stiff and consumers have the upper hand here.

And you know how sometimes when you are on vacation and you are tired from all the explorations, sights and sound and you just want a place to sit down and observe people? Yes, this is the place to do it as well. Just take a breather on the opposite ramp where the parking is, grab your favorite drink and sit down and observe the locals and tourists go about their shopping. And when you are ready for it, grab your camera and snap away! Because of the colorful display and different cultures that comes together here, El Mercado is a great place for photographers who are looking for something a little different to shoot...as opposed to monuments and buildings, that is.

The kids will love the colorful items on sale like the dangling pinatas hanging from the many different stalls. The prices vary a little so you might have to do some cajoling with your kids if they insist on getting the first one that they see. Explain to them that you are trying to get the best one for them, for the best price. Toddlers may not understand but we suggest that you distract the kids with something cheap and affordable while you hunt down the best offer.

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