Las Vegas Shopping
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There are plenty of opportunities to shop in Las Vegas.
Shopping opportunities in Las Vegas
There are plenty of opportunities to shop in Las Vegas. If you are just buying a few souvenirs or gifts, you need not stray far from the casinos on the strip. Every casino hotel has at least a gift shop and most of the larger casinos have shopping malls with a wide variety of stores. For more serious shopping, there are several large shopping centers in the city. For true bargain hunters, there are three factory outlet malls nearby. See our shopping tips page for bargain hunting tips!
Some of the shops in the casino are rather exclusive and expensive. Many world famous fashion designers such as Versace, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Hermès and Armani have shops in the casino malls. The prices tend to be expensive.
The Forum Shops and the Grand Canal
Two of the casino malls are so unique that they are worth visiting just for their entertainment value. The Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace are designed to resemble a Roman Forum complete with marble facades, animated statues and ever changing cloud covered ceilings. The Grand Canal Shops in the Venetian Resort recreate the architecture of Venice, Italy along a replica of the Grand Canal.
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace The Forum features high end boutiques mixed with popular national chain stores. Take home a souvenier from Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Gianni Versace or Roberto Cavalli. In addition to over 160 shops, you can experience 13 restaurants and specialty food shops. The Forum is host to well known restaurants like Spago and The Palm Las Vegas. Enjoy all of this in the grandeur of one of the best known Vegas Casinos. www.caesarspalace.com
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Step inside The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and step into another world - created by a charming replication of St. Mark's Square, classically trained musicians in ornate costumes reminiscent of Old World Italy and a romantic, winding canal with gondolas imported directly from Venice. The 80-plus luxury boutiques and celebrity-chef restaurants that line the cobbled walkways create a themed shopping and entertainment destination unlike any other in Las Vegas - second only to the original in Venice, Italy. Retail's most luxurious brands - Mikimoto, Movado, Pal Zileri, Lior, Dooney & Bourke, among others - pair with a stellar line-up of world-renowned restaurants like David Burke, Mario Batali's Enoteca San Marco and Wolfgang Puck's Postrio. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian offers a shop-and-dine experience that oozes with charm, luxury, fabulous food and drink, and most of all, fun. For additional information, please visit www.thegrandcanalshoppes.com.
If you are interested in some serious shopping, you should visit one of the shopping malls in Las Vegas. They offer a much wider variety of merchandise at better prices. Here are a few of the larger malls in Vegas.
The Shopping Malls of Las Vegas
The Fashion Show Mall Where else but Las Vegas would you find a shopping mall with its own 80-foot retractable runway that magically rises out of the ground more than 1,000 times each year for instant fashion shows? Fashion Show, like its name suggests, boasts a runway that makes even the most seasoned fashionista surge with adrenaline. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillard's, Bloomingdale's Home and over 250 other stores and boutiques, Fashion Show offers the fullest line-up of fashion on the Las Vegas Strip. In Las Vegas, where "Dinner and Show" means world-class entertainment followed by a sumptuous meal at a swanky celebrity chef restaurant, Fashion Show has re-fashioned the term. "Shopping and Show" is where it's at for those who seek a full-bodied retail therapy experience. For additional information, please visit www.thefashionshow.com
The Shoppes at The Palazzo The Shoppes at The Palazzo is Las Vegas' newest destination luxury retail center. Located on the new "power corner" of the Las Vegas Strip, The Shoppes at The Palazzo is in good company with neighboring Trump International Hotel & Tower, Fashion Show, Wynn Las Vegas and The Venetian-Resort-Hotel-Casino. Encompassing 450,000-square feet, The Shoppes at The Palazzo is anchored by Barneys New York - the world's emporium of style. More than 60 luxury stores and boutiques - many of them "firsts' to Las Vegas - along with nearly a dozen restaurants combine to create a retail center that has changed the face of luxury shopping in Las Vegas forever. For additional information, please visit www.theshoppesatthepalazzo.com.
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The Boulevard Mall Just a short drive from the strip, you'll find The Boulevard Mall on Maryland Parkway at Desert Inn. It is a mall that is typical of what you would find in any American city. The Boulevard contains five major department stores - Macy's, JC Penney, Sears, Dillard's and Marshall's and over 100 other shops. www.boulevardmall.com
The Meadows Mall The Meadows Mall is located off US-95 at Valley View Boulevard. It is just 8 minutes from downtown via the mall trolley. You'll find a Macy's, JC Penney, Dillards, Sears and over 140 shops and restaurants here. www.meadowsmall.com
The Galleria at Sunset The Galleria is just 5 miles south of the strip on I-15 in Henderson, Nevada. This mall features Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's, Mervyn's and over 150 shops and restaurants. www.galleriaatsunset.com
Chinatown Plaza This is a unique mall located one mile west of the strip on Spring Mountain Road. The Chinatown Plaza contains 20 shops, nine restaurants and a wedding temple all with an oriental design and flavor. You can find traditional Asian products and culture hss found a place in the desert! www.lvchinatown.com
Factory Outlet Malls for real bargains!
If you want to make the most of your shopping budget, factory outlet malls deliver what you're looking for. Traditional malls will feature outlets for popular national chains, like The Gap, Banana Republic, Calvin Klien and Liz Claiborne. But now the designer boutiques are getting into the market. At some newer outlet malls you can find stores like Burberry, Cole Haan, Coach and Dolce & Gabbana. Typically stores will send last seasons designs to the outlets. So although you won't find the latest fashions, you can get some great bargains!
Las Vegas Outlet Center is located on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of the strip. It contains over 150 factory outlet stores. www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=61
Las Vegas Premium Outlets is located just north of the strip at the gateway to downtown Las Vegas. www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=58
Fashion Outlets at Las Vegas is located about 30 minutes south of the strip on I-15 at Primm, Nevada. Shuttle busses to this mall depart from most of the major casinos. Tickets cost $14 but the fare includes many discount coupons. It has over 100 shops including many exclusive designer labels. www.fashionoutletlasvegas.com
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Photo Description: The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas