If there ever was a city perfect for shopping until you drop, it’s Las Vegas. No matter where you go for your retail therapy, once you start to slow down, you’re never very far from a luxury spa or an exotic cocktail. The only problem is knowing where to start. With so many shopping centers to choose from, how do you know which ones to target? Use this list as your game plan, and choose one or more of these prime shopping areas, each with enough retailers to keep you busy for a whole day.
Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
Anyone who’s ever dreamed of shopping in Italy can experience virtually the same thing at the Canal Shoppes. Amid a recreation of the streets of Venice, the cobblestone walkways lead to upscale designer boutiques with names any fashion maven will recognize: Fendi, Christian Louboutin, Herve Leger. Take a lunch break in Italian style too, by grabbing a bite at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianach’s B&B Ristorante, or power up with an espresso at Café Presse.
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
If you’re lucky enough to have been to Rodeo Drive, consider it a warm-up for shopping at the Forum Shops. The 160 stores here regularly beat the Beverly Hills fashion mecca in sales every year. You know it’s high-end when all the “chis” are present: Pucci, Gucci, Versace. There are plenty of mainstream shops as well, so your credit card can relax a little at places like Gap, Express, or the three-story bargain paradise of H&M. Snap some photos of the fountains and statues while you’re here — the gorgeous center is as much a sightseeing adventure as it is a shopping destination.
Las Vegas Premium Outlets, North and South
875 S. Grand Central Pkwy. (North)
7400 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (South)
Outlet shopping enthusiasts have two huge malls to choose from, so pick the one with a location most convenient to you, and prepare for a day of bargain hunting. Las Vegas Premium Outlets South is mostly indoors, so it’s a handy way to beat the heat, and the carousel is a good mid-day distraction for the kids. You’ll want to bring the family on this expedition and stock up on clothes for the whole year at popular department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom’s, or at brand-specific outlets such as Levi’s, Izod, and Adidas.
4255 Spring Mountain Rd.
Let’s face it: designer fashion isn’t for everyone. If your taste runs more to the quirky, Chinatown Plaza is a fun place to shop for yourself, or to find out-of-the-ordinary gifts for friends and family. The Asian-inspired shops are stocked with colorful candies, Sanrio products, and unusual toys. If you’re looking for something nicer, you can find embroidered kimonos, sake sets, and exotic home decor from paper lanterns to bonsai trees. Choose from an array of Asian eateries for lunch: dim sum, sushi, and Korean BBQ are all plentiful. For a quicker break, try a green tea cake at Diamond Bakery, and pick up some fortune cookies to take home while you’re there.
440 S Rampart Blvd.
When you want to get away from the Vegas hustle and bustle, Tivoli Village provides a lovely alternative to shopping on the Strip. The Mediterranean-themed shopping center is tailor-made for leisurely perusing, with boutique shops selling everything from art to jewelry to olive oil. Visit in the evening if you can, when the trees lining the cobbled walkways are all colorfully lit. On weekends, the center hosts a farmer’s market, so you can pick up some lush fresh fruit to balance out some of your rich vacation meals.
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
3930 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Located on the sky bridge between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor, the Shoppes at the Mandalay may be fewer than in places like the Forum, but they’re all about indulgence. Many of the 40 shops are just right for spending some just-for-you time. Shop for luxurious handmade soaps and cosmetics at Lush, lacy lingerie at Frederick’s of Hollywood, or curb your cravings for sweets at Lick. Re-energize by choosing your favorite pick-me-up: a mocha at Starbucks, a cool cone at Yogurt In, or a fresh pint of Guinness at Ri Ra Irish Pub.
Appian Way Shops at Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
A life-sized replica of Michelangelo’s David looms over this quiet collection of boutique shops at Caesars Palace. Don’t be fooled by the fact that there aren’t a billion stores — these shops are pretty special, with unusual offerings that make the Appian Way Shops a worthwhile destination. Home is a unique home decor store with one-of-a-kind antiques both quirky and elegant. Celebrities are gaga over King Baby, a jewelry shop with a rock-and-roll vibe and distinctive silver pieces. For gifts that are far from ordinary, try Piq. You’re unlikely to find gun-shaped soap, chocolate-scented purses, or USB champagne corks under any other single roof.
Crystals at CityCenter
3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
The Crystals isn’t just a mall or a shopping center. It’s an entire retail district of 500,000 square feet, made up of shops, clubs, entertainment venues, and restaurants. If luxury fashion is your bag, head straight to The Shops at Crystals (you can take a tram from the Monte Carlo or the Bellagio), a retail area dedicated exclusively to high-end brands. The Prada boutique at Crystals is the largest in the United States. If you make it out of Prada with cash left to spend, pop into Fendi, Valentino, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, or any one of a number of couture boutiques.
Fashion Show Las Vegas
3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Fashion Show mall is huge — really huge. Just check out these numbers: 2 million square feet, seven anchor stores, 250 retailers. If you know ahead of time that you’re visiting, you’ll want to make a game plan just to avoid getting lost. Otherwise, go straight to the directory when you arrive, and use anchor stores as landmarks as you make your way around. You’ll be hard-pressed to think of a retail store that’s not present. Fashion Show has everything from Abercrombie to Zara.
Miracle Mile Shops
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #900
Attached to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the Miracle Mile is a lot like a typical American mall, only amped up. A whopping 170 stores, two theaters, plus restaurants and clubs fill this more-than-a-mile long space. Fewer high-end stores mean more sales and clearance bargains at familiar stores like American Apparel and United Colors of Benetton. Catch a movie when you’re tired of shopping, then grab a lobster roll at Lobster ME or a cone of your favorite flavor at Ben & Jerry’s for a day that feels like the best of hometown America.
Brendon has been in the Las Vegas travel industry for the past 15 years. As a frequent traveler to sin city he maintains a respect for Americas playground.