Our 10 favorite shopping malls in Vegas

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There’s really no reason to pack a lot when you’re coming to Las Vegas, especially when the Strip features all the clothes, shoes and accessories you’ll ever need. And since you’re coming to the Entertainment Capital of the World, you’ll be doing more than just shopping. Each mall is a full-on, unforgettable experience.

1. Fashion Show mall

I always find some kind of excuse to come here. Whether I want to add to my wardrobe and browse through Forever 21, Zara, Nordstrom or Free People, look at all the fun kitchen gadgets at Bloomingdales or enjoy a variety of vegan-friendly cakes at Red Velvet Café, this is one of those malls that has everything I could ever want and need.

And just when you thought the mall couldn’t be any more awesome, the weekend fashion shows are definitely the cherry on top.  I like the idea that if I see something I like, I can buy the item that same day.

“The center’s 80-foot long retractable runway brings fashion to life showcasing top seasonal trends and favorites,” said Janet LaFevre, group marketing manager for Fashion Show Mall, The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. “[It] features a variety of fashion and looks from the center’s 200-plus brands and boutiques each week.”

Make sure to check out the newly- opened TOPSHOP (a famous British flagship store), as well as signature paper dresses at Papyrus. And if you want to wine and dine with a view, Fashion Show offers spectacular views of the Strip. Restaurants with a view include Maggiano’s, RA Sushi and El Segundo Sol. These places also offer great happy hour specials during weekday afternoons.

2. Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at Palazzo

Since these two malls are connected, we decided to combine them into one. If you want to double your shopping experience, the Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at Palazzo make it convenient.

The Grand Canal Shoppes offers everything from men’s and women’s apparel to art galleries and decor for the home. If you’re looking for entertainment while you shop, the gondola ride at St. Mark’s Square makes a romantic date to spend with your loved one, and also a way to admire the Italian architecture that surrounds you. Just a few steps past the gelato stand, you can take a seat and enjoy a free “street” show.

“[The] Streetmosphere performances put a fresh spin on entertainment – Vegas-style,” said LaFevre. “Created by an international roster of classically trained singers, actors and musicians, daily performances in St. Mark’s Square add an unexpected element to the shopping experience and [to] the center’s unique and vibrant atmosphere.”

The Shoppes at Palazzo has its own feel, so you’ll want to stop by both malls. With stores like Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, you’ll definitely get your fix of high-end fashion. To top of your luxury shopping experience, Barney’s New York offers a complimentary personal shopping service. If you’re a collector, Bauman’s Rare Books features a lot of your favorite books from childhood but with a hefty price tag – many of the books featured here are the original copies.

One of the most stunning fixtures at The Shoppes at Palazzo is its two-story  waterfall fixture and garden atrium filled with flowers of the season.

3. Crystals at CityCenter

A two-floor Louis Vuitton and a two-floor Tiffany & Co. Need we say more?

While we could probably spend hours in these two stores alone, Crystals at CityCenter (exterior pictured on top) also offers breathtaking water fixtures both indoors and out, beautiful gardens and fascinating art at Gallery Row. Located just outside of Tiffany’s, shoppers can easily meander to Gallery Row. Make sure to check out Dale Chihuly’s hand-blown glass art. Amazing!

But back to the shops: Crystals features a fine selection of retailers including Tom Ford,  Bulgari, Versace, Miu Miu, Harry Winston, Donna Karan and Stella McCartney, to name a few.

“Crystals at CityCenter offers 22 unique-to-Las Vegas luxury brands – the most of any center in Las Vegas – and 11 flagship designer boutiques – the highest concentration of flagships in the world,” said Farid Matraki, Crystal’s senior vice president and general manager.

If you worked up an appetite,  Crystals offers both fine dining and casual fare, including The Pods by Wolfgang Puck, Todd English P.U.B. and Social House.

4. Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

If you’re ready to invest an entire day in shopping,  eating and people watching, you found your place.

Whether it’s the three-story H&M, high-end retailers like Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton, makeup madness at Sephora and MAC or the dozens of restaurants, there’s so much to see and do. New to Forum Shops is Martin Lawrence Gallery, featuring  hundreds of works from Andy Warhol, Erté and Roy Lichtenstein, among others.

If you’re up for some free, live entertainment, The Fall of Atlantis plays every hour, on the hour. Located right by EXPRESS and Cheesecake Factory, the talking statues and fire and water effects are sure to keep your attention. Right below the talking statues is a 50,000-gallon aquarium featuring an array of colorful fish, including stingrays and flounders.

5. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

Miracle Mile Shops feature all of the stores you would find in a typical shopping mall – and then some. V Theater offers a variety of afternoon shows, while Blondie’s, Cabo Wabo Cantina and PBR Rock Bar & Grill bring on the parties. And with 170 shops, you’re bound to walk out with something. There’s a mix of high-end and affordable stores, making this mall on the Strip fit for every lifestyle. My personal favorites include Ben Sherman, American Apparel, H&M and Bakers.

In addition, the fountain show (complete with neon changing lights) and an indoor rainstorm make Miracle Mile Shops all the more fun.

6. Mandalay Place

Some of us don’t want to spend the day trekking through a mall, and that’s totally fine. I can be like that – if I know what I want to get, I like to be in and out as fast as possible! That’s why Mandalay Place is ideal for these types of shoppers. While the shopping area isn’t colossal like the others, you’ll still find a great variety of stores, including restaurants and a hair salon.

“The Shoppes at Mandalay Place provide guests with an experiential shopping opportunity at an extraordinary collection of many one-of-a-kind venues in Las Vegas,” said Brian Robison, vice president and general manager for The Shoppes.

Ladies can find the perfect dress at Maude and the guys can browse through the colorful kicks at Suite 160. The Peter Lik Gallery features the artist’s illuminating photography, while Minus 5 bar is the perfect place to cool down in an Arctic atmosphere. And you can never go wrong with Urban Outfitters, either.

7. Town Square

Whether I want to watch a movie, buy some makeup, look for a new dress, eat something delicious or simply take a peaceful stroll with my sweetie, Town Square does the job.

That probably explains why I’m here every weekend! No matter how old you are or what kind of lifestyle you enjoy, Town Square really has something for everyone. Hungry? Yardhouse not only offers an expansive beer menu, but you can savor bar food favorites. I Love Burgers brings the fun back with dining, featuring a chalkboard you can doodle on while waiting. Pasta lovers will love the ambience inside Brio and Texas de Brazil is a carnivore’s heaven. If you’re health-conscious like yours truly, there’s even a Whole Foods on property. If you’re looking for more of a nightlife type of atmosphere, Double Helix and Blue Martini delivers that.

We haven’t even covered the shops yet. Gals will love the boutique-y threads at Patty’s Closet and the whole family can find something both inexpensive and fashionable at Old Navy or H&M. Other shops include Apple, Sephora, Sanrio, Banana Republic and EXPRESS, to name a few. There is also a picnic area and a movie theater if you want to a nice, relaxing time. With so much to do, it’s no wonder I’ve been here so frequently since its opening four years ago.

8. The Shops at The Cosmopolitan

Featuring a variety of vintage, high-end and urban-inspired shops, The Shops at Cosmopolitan has style down to a science. Ladies can find the perfect dress or accessory  inside Beckley. This boutique looks more like a dream apartment with its bright colors, neo-hippie lounge area and fun little trinkets. Just across the way, hip-hop heads will enjoy CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, including brands like Nike, G-Shock and Cr8tive Recreation. See all the shining and shimmering sparkle at  Jason of Beverly Hills, a popular jewelry store among celebrities.

P3 Studio showcases temporary exhibits (with the featured artist) every month. Past artists featured here included Kid Robot, Curtis Kulig and The Bumbys.

9. Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North

Who doesn’t like to save money? Look like a million bucks, all without breaking the bank. Located near Downtown Las Vegas on Charleston Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway, the mall is only a 10-15 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip if you take Interstate 15. Featuring more than 150 stores (with savings up 25 – 65 percent), you’ll find all your favorite brands including Kate Spade, Ted Baker, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, Coach and so much more.

Since it is an outdoor mall, be mindful that it could get a bit hot during the summer months. Thankfully, there are canopies and misters to keep you cool.

10. Via Bellagio

Last but not least, we end the list with Via Bellagio. Here you’ll find nothing but luxury shops, so get those credit cards ready. Via Bellagio’s wide walkways and natural lighting make you feel like you’re shopping outdoors. Enjoy browsing through high-end favorites like Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Dior, Prada and Gucci. And with the Conservatory and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art only a couple of minutes away, you can knock out your shopping and sightseeing in one trip.

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