Vegas :: Shop ‘Til You Drop
Most Las Vegas locals try not to get too caught up on the Strip. It’s crazy busy and can be hard to navigate. Obviously, the hotels, restaurants and shops most frequented by locals are the ones that have easy access. Where to go and what to do if you are looking to get your shopping on and don’t want to spend most of your time hiking through the parking garage or hanging out with the valet? Or maybe you want to spend the day shopping and lunching with the ladies without having to leave the property? Here’s my top 5 shopping experiences you don’t want to miss in Las Vegas.
Fashion Show Mall is located off Spring Mountain on Las Vegas Boulevard. Coming from the I-15, exit Spring Mountain, do a death-defying 5 lane change to the next stop light, hang a left, and make your way towards Nordstrom. I prefer to valet, but it’s just as easy to self- park in the garage on the 2nd level. It will lead you right into the mall where you can find great shops like Dillard’s (department store), Nordstrom and lululemon athletica. For entertainment value, the Cat Walk is located right outside of lululemon, where runway shows go off on the hour. Great eats are California Pizza Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, Grimaldi’s Pizza (locals fave!), and my favorite, the Nordstrom Cafe on the 3rd level. No time to lunch but need something to nosh? Grab a cuppa at the e-bar on the lower level of Nordstrom. Don’t think you’ve seen it all! The Fashion Show Mall is huge…and it can take some time to get from one end to the other. Don’t miss the other anchor stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue, cool shops like TopShop, Desigual and Free People, or another local fave, The Red Velvet Cafe…a delicious organic cafe with vegetarian and vegan options (and the most insanely delicious vegan chocolate ship cookies you will ever eat!).
The Forum Shops at Caeser’s Palace is an empire in itself. But, dig this…there is a free iPhone or Android app (Simon Malls Mobile App) to help you find your way through the monstrosity of a shopping mall. My advice would be to valet at the entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard. That will lead you right into the newer part of the mall with three-stories of restaurants and shops like Anthropologie, Ted Baker, Vosages Haut Chocolat, Joe’s Stone Crab and Boa Steakhouse. If you want something a little more classic Vegas, then head over to the older side of the shops, closer to the casino entrance. There you will find the Trevi Fountain and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, a great place to lunch and people watch. On your way back to the valet, hit up the Cuban cigar bar under the escalators for a mojito…it’s the best one in town.
Crystals at City Center offers tourists and locals a unique shopping experience. Exquisite designers housed in department store sizes. Tiffany’s, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are just a handful of stores with a 3-floor experience. There is also some of my favorite restaurants: Beso, Social House and Mastro’s. Even if your budget can’t afford the rich tastes found in the Crystals at City Center, it’s still worth the time to drool, I mean, stroll and window shop just like you would on 5th Avenue in New York City. The eye candy is a treat as well, as every where you turn, there is some kind of city-scape art work creating a blend of park like settings with a contemporary art museum flair. The Crystals are fairly easy to access as you can take multiple pedestrian bridges or valet park from the Harmon entrance.
Outlet Shopping in Las Vegas is a must! You can’t pass up those prices! There are two great outlet shopping centers in Las Vegas. The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas in Primm, Nevada, and the Premium Outlet Mall on Charleston in Downton Las Vegas. If you are traveling from So. Cal., then plan your trip accordingly to stop at Prim where you will find pretty decent product on sales at stores like Neiman Marcus Last Call, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, Gap, Banana Republic, Coach and Tommy Bahama. The Premium Outlets is a beautifully designed, outdoor shopping mall housing many great finds like Theory, J. Crew and . A cab is just as easy to get you there if you don’t have a car, and will cost you roughly &10-20 depending on where you are coming from on the Strip.
Do you have a favorite shopping place in Vegas?
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