Best Places to Shop in Las Vegas

You may not think of Las Vegas as a shopper’s paradise but it actually is the perfect shopping hot spot for the savvy shopper. Forget the overpriced jewelry and tacky souvenirs of the past, today shopping in Las Vegas is so much more with almost anything you could ever want.

Crystals at CityCenter

Crystals is slated to open in December 2009 and will feature a 500,000 square foot shopping mecca. The stores set to enter the mall are some of the largest designer brands in the world with stores that are equally large. To draw high end clientele to this luxury mall the design features unique architecture, cutting edge interior designs, noted artwork and soothing water features. Many of the retailers moving into Crystals will be opening their first Las Vegas locations so for high end designer items Crystals at CityCenter will be the place to visit.

Fashion Show

If you’re on the strip in Las Vegas then Fashion Show is impossible to miss. This 2 million square foot mall is host to more than 10 million visitors each year. Although the mall is huge it somehow is manageable with a layout that is comfortable for regular mall goers. Fashion Show gets its name from its Great Hall with its retractable runway that features fashion shows several days a week. The anchor stores are familiar but there are a lot of wonderfully unique boutiques as well. This can definitely be a full day event and its conveniently located in the middle of the strip.

Encore Esplanade

Between Encore Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas is Encore Esplanade, an indoor avenue lined with luxury retailers and high fashion clothiers. The strip features 27,000 square feet of shopping space with 11 boutiques. Stop at Encore Esplanade before heading to Le Reve theater or dinner at Botero and drinks at XS nightclub.

Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian

Doing anything in the Venetian is sort of magical so shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes is a special treat. This indoor walkway with gondolas paddling along the canal brings shoppers to beautifully appointed facades with specialty stores featuring a variety of trinkets and clothing items, from expensive to the relatively inexpensive souvenir. The Grand Canal Shoppes are a great place to pick up a memento or just to take a stroll before a night on the town.

Las Vegas Outlet Center

The Las Vegas Outlet Center has a bit of everything, popular names you’re familiar with and prices that you’ll love. No matter what you’re looking for you can probably find it at the Las Vegas Outlet Center and at an incredible price. Spend the day shopping or swing by to get those essentials you forgot at home. It’s a wonderful shopping center that’s easily navigable and familiar to anyone who’s visited outlet centers in other cities.

Showcase Mall

Showcase Mall is a large shopping area right on the mall, next to MGM, with a few stores that are sure to net you a souvenir or two. M&M’s World is a favorite for many but GameWorks and The World of Coca-Cola are also quite popular. In addition you can spend time at the Grand Canyon Experience or visit the only regular movie theater complex on the entire strip, United Artists theaters. Showcase Mall is not high end or intimidating and a great break as you walk the strip from casino to casino.

Shoppes at the Palazzo

The Shoppes at the Palazzo fill their 450,000 square feet with luxury retail stores like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch and many others. The clothing and accessories at the Palazzo are high end with a focus on glamour and sophistication. This is probably the place you’ll want to shop if you hit it big in the casinos some night. It’s expensive but you are sure to find some items you simply must have.

Town Square

Town Square in Las Vegas is very beautiful center, the architecture is reminiscent of a European city center with a modern twist, the streets are designed to lead you from shop to shop in this quaint atmosphere. This 1.5 million square foot shopping facility is on the far south end of the strip so if you’re not staying on that end you’ll want to make the trip across the strip. There are more than 70 facades in the Town Square with bright and aged looking Mediterranean, Spanish and Colonial style buildings housing the unique mix of retail stores and restaurants. There is also an 18 screen movie theater on the premises and a children’s park and picnic area. This is a great place to wind down the day with a bit of shopping, some great dining, and a movie or drink or two at some of the local bars.

Boulevard Mall

Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas features 1.2 million square feet of retail space and more than 170 businesses. It claims to be Nevada’s Largest Mall and this claim is well deserved. If the high end and luxury stores on the strip are just a little out of your league then this mall will feel more comfortable. It’s got all the stores you’re used to and the layout is pretty easy to follow. But the Boulevard Mall is so big you may want to spend more than a day exploring.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Las Vegas Premium Outlets is located in downtown Las Vegas and features about 150 outlet stores in its outdoor setting. These stores are more familiar than the luxury shops on the strip but they’re also higher end retail stores. For the shopper who frequents nicer outlet malls then this Premium Outlets location will feel familiar and welcoming but it’s not a total clone of other Premium Outlets, there are some specialty stores you won’t find in most locations.

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas are a great place to go if you want to escape the strip. Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas are located about 40 miles south of Las Vegas (despite the name) in Pimm Nevada. This mall is simple in layout with only two themed courts, the South Beach Court and the Urban Court. With more than 100 stores and restaurants their retailers range from Coach to Gap Outlet. In addition to the variety and the laid back atmosphere, Fashion Outlets feature multiple fountains, live performers and an arcade for the kids.

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