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Shopping on the Las Vegas Strip

Things to Do — By thmeeks on December 22, 2010 at 12:55 am
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‘Tis the season to shop, and options for browsing abound along the Las Vegas Strip. Most hotels have a shopping area, but a few have gone all-out on shopping malls that double as entertainment. Shoppers will find upscale, expensive retailers, but an ever-changing influx of stores means a shopper never knows what she might find. Even if you do nothing but browse, these malls offer a Vegas entertainment option that’s free until you decide to buy something.

At Caesears Forum Shops, you’ll find a large selection of up-scale shops: Bvlgrari, Versace, and Gucci, for example. Restaurants run a wide gamut, but offer a good selection of affordable places: The Cheesecake Factory, Planet Hollywood, and La Salsa offer a good value. If you’re a Wolfgang Puck fan, you may want to visit Spago–its patio has a great view of the mall. At the Forum, the statues talk, the “sky” changes, and shoppers can stop to watch a huge aquarium. FAO Schwartz left the Forum in the first part of 2010, but as of this month their space is now occupied with an H&M, which opened in early December.

Across from Caesears, the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes are joined with the Shoppes at Palazzo. It’s an extravaganza of visual entertainment–simulated canals and that ever-changing sky/roof—with an array of high-end and boutique shops and restaurants filling the re-created St. Mark’s Square. Look for costumed characters roaming the square and talking statues. Even if you don’t buy a thing, it’s terrific entertainment.

Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile shops give shoppers an indoor rain storm for a twist on the whole sky/roof theme, and they’re conveniently located across the street from Crystals, City Center’s shopping mall full of windows and a clean, urban feeling (without a changing indoor sky).

Valet parking is a great option at any of these Vegas malls, but if you’re parking yourself in the parking garage, scope out the elevators’ location before picking a level. Find the elevators on the first level, then proceed to a less-crowded level for a close parking spot. The top is almost always open, and you usually get great views of the Strip to boot.

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Photo of Crystals courtesy of Rian Castillo

Photo of Forum Shops courtesy of Kana

Tags: Crystals, Forum Shops, Grand Canal Shoppes, Miracle Mile Shops, Shopping, The Shops at Palazzo
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