Shopping on the Vegas Strip is booming in more ways than one. Malls have become more than a place to get air conditioning during the dog days of summer. Tourist visiting Las Vegas to shop are spending more money than ever. Shopping on the Vegas Strip has even gone outside.
Casino operators and land owners continue to build more shopping options on the Vegas Strip. Some existing shopping venues are being sold at massive prices. The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and Crystals at CityCenter were each sold for more than a billion dollars.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the average person visiting Las Vegas spent $156.91. That’s a massive increase from 2015 where visitors spent just $122.66. That’s more than visitors have spent on shopping in each of the past five years. This seems to be part of an overall trend that has customers shifting money from gaming in the casino to attractions and events.
Later this year Wynn will be opening a new shopping plaza that opens up to the Vegas Strip. This 75,000 shopping center will feature high-end retailers and restaurants. This new addition replaces the Ferrari dealership and poker room which has moved to Encore.
This new addition joins a wide variety of shopping options on the Vegas Strip. The casino-resorts with mass-appeal tend to have shopping that reflects that customer. For example, the luxury resorts tend to have luxury retail outlets for their big spending customers.
Whatever your price range, there are plenty of places to shop on the Vegas Strip today. Here’s an overview of the shopping plazas on the Vegas Strip.
- Forum Shops (Caesars Palace) – This is one of the busiest malls in the country. The Forum Shops has the largest variety of restaurants, bars, and retail outlets of any mall in Las Vegas.
- Miracle Mile Shops (Planet Hollywood) – Underrated mall on the Vegas Strip with plenty of inexpensive restaurants as you walk deeper into the mall away from the Vegas Strip.
- Mandalay Place (Between Mandalay Bay and Luxor) – The shopping options here aren’t the best but there are good restaurants. It’s a great place to wander if you’re at a convention at Mandalay Bay.
- Grand Canal Shoppes (Between The Venetian and Palazzo) – A lot of retail outlets and some of the most affordable dining at either casino. St. Mark’s Square is a favorite of many families visiting Las Vegas. This mall is always buzzing.
- Crystals (City Center/Aria) – This mall features high-end retail with a few restaurants. It’s a beautiful mall with a quiet Starbucks hidden from the masses. It’s a nice place to grab wifi if you have to work for a couple of hours.
- The Linq – The Linq promenade is in between The Linq casino and Flamingo. The promenade has affordable bars and restaurants and a few retail shops leading to the High Roller Observation Wheel.
- Grand Bazaar Shops (Bally’s) – The group of small mall shops is in front of Bally’s casino on the Vegas Strip. Since opening the shops have expanded to include bars and restaurants and a few retail shops.
- Via Bellagio (Bellagio), The District (MGM Grand), Street of Shops (The Mirage) – These are groups of shops and restaurants that should appeal to most customers of each property.
*Fashion Show Mall is a nearly 2 million square foot mall across the street from Wynn, The Venetian, and Treasure Island if you want to leave the casinos entirely.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.