Along with nightlife, gambling and dining, shopping is becoming one of the big reasons that people visit Las Vegas. More and more retailers are setting up shop here – and many are stores you won’t find anywhere else. There are so many choices it can be hard to know where to go to feed your shopping habit, so here’s a guide to some of the major shopping centers on the Strip.
Crystals at CityCenter
Vibe: High-end stores in a tranquil atmosphere.
Key stores: A two-story Louis Vuitton, the largest location in North America ; a two-story Tiffany & Co.; and a three-level Prada store.
Unique stores: Assouline, a specialty book store with books ranging in price from $30 to $50,000. Tom Ford – the designer’s first store in Vegas.
Where to eat: Beso, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Todd English P.U.B., Social House, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, The Pods by Wolfgang Puck.
What to do if you’re not shopping: Check out the water features by WET Design, the company that created the Bellagio Fountains. “Glacia” features large pillars of carved ice that rise as high as 15 feet from a pool of water. “Halo” is a series of clear cylinders filled with water that swirls and changes color and shape.
Vibe: Department store heaven with five major anchors and 2 million square feet of shopping space.
Key stores: Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Unique stores: Centaur Art Galleries, Z Gallerie, Talulah.
Where to eat: California Pizza Kitchen, RA Sushi Bar, The Capital Grille, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Stripburger, El Segundo Sol, Johnny Rockets, Mariposa, NM Café, Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe and a large food court.
What to do if you’re not shopping: Living up to its name, mall hosts live fashion shows every weekend. The mall’s multimillion dollar event area features an 80-foot retractable runway, the only one in the world. The fashion shows run from Friday through Sunday, every hour on the hour, from noon to 6 p.m.
The Forum Shops at Caesars
Vibe: Opulent Roman streets with fountains, statues and a ceiling that looks like a changing sky.
Key stores: The largest H&M store in the world, Versace, AIX Armani Exchange.
Unique stores: Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Peter Lik Gallery, Anthropologie.
Where to eat : The Palm, Spago, Trevi, Planet Hollywood, La Salsa, The Cheesecake Factory, BOA Steakhouse, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Sushi Roku, Il Mulino New York, Cafe Della Spiga, Max Brenner, Chocolate by a Bald Man and P.J. Clarke’s.
What to do if you’re not shopping : You could visit The Forum Shops just to look at the architecture alone, but there are also special attractions within the mall. It is home to the Fall of Atlantis fountain show, which features animatronic figures telling the story of the myth of Atlantis. Near the fountain is a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that is filled with more than 100 species of ocean life.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
Vibe: Themed around Venice’s Grand Canal with is a canal flowing through the middle of the mall, complete with gondolas and a faux St. Mark’s Square.
Key stores: Bebe, Kenneth Cole, BCBGMAXAZRIA.
Unique stores : Il Prato, Ripa de Monti.
Where to eat : Canaletto, Zeffirino, Postrio, Taqueria Cañonita, Tintoretto’s and a food court.
What to do if you’re not shopping: The Grand Canal Shoppes strives to invoke the atmosphere of Venice, so why not take a gondola cruise? Rides are $16 per person. The mall also has street performers, which include living statues and opera singers.
The Shoppes at the Palazzo
Vibe: Luxury brands in a sophisticated setting.
Key stores: An 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg.
Unique stores: Bauman Rare Books, Annie Creamcheese Designer Vintage.
Where to eat: Canyon Ranch Café, Carnevino, CUT, Dal Toro Ristorante, Dos Caminos, Espressamente Illy, First Food & Bar, Grand Lux Café, Jade, Mainland, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, I Love Burgers, SUSHISAMBA and Table 10.
What to do if you’re not shopping: Grab a glass of vino at the 2,100-square-foot Double Helix Bar + Double Helix Boutique, which features more than 50 wines by the glass. The boutique offers nearly 300 rare and hard-to-find bottles from all over the world.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
Vibe: Chic and modern with a good mix of upscale and affordable stores.
Key stores: A large Urban Outfitters, Ben Sherman, French Connection, Metropark.
Unique stores: Bettie Page, Betsey Johnson, Alpaca Imports.
Where to eat: Aromi D’ Italia, Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Cheeseburger Las Vegas, Cabo Wabo , La Salsa Cantina, Lombardi’s Romagna Mia, Merchant’s Harbor Coffee House, Ocean One Bar & Grille, Oyster Bay Seafood & Wine Bar, Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille, Todai Seafood & Sushi Buffet, PBR Rock Bar.
What to do if you’re not shopping: Party. The Miracle Mile Shops is home to boisterous bars like Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo, PBR Rock Bar, Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill and Krave nightclub.
Town Square Las Vegas
Vibe: A pedestrian-friendly, Mediterranean village-like atmosphere.
Key stores: Borders, Apple, H&M, Old Navy.
Unique stores: Francesca’s Collections, MAC, Michael Stars.
Where to eat: Lolita’s Cantina,Blue Martini, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Cadillac Ranch , California Pizza Kitchen, Caña, Claim Jumper, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Johnny McGuire’s Deli, Nu Sanctuary Lounge, Texas de Brazil , Yard House Las Vegas, Miller’s Ale House, Whole Foods.
What to do if you’re not shopping: Enjoy some live music and entertainment in the center park, catch a flick at Rave Motion Pictures.