Aside from world-class resorts and dining, Las Vegas is also a mecca for shopping. Any person who finds themselves needing a new shirt, pair of shoes, cocktail dress, even furniture, needs to only step out of their room to find some of the best retailers in the world.
Fashion Show Mall
Located in the heart of The Strip, this space-age style mall houses some of the best shops in the entire city. When the summer gets too hot outside (and the misters dotting Las Vegas Boulevard don’t cut it), locals and tourists head here.
The mall, which spans an entire block and is one of the nation’s largest malls, is anchored by six department stores: Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, Nordstrom — the only one in Las Vegas, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s Home. Nordstrom even offers a mini-spa for Elemis facials in a private room just off the cosmetic counters.
It’s also got hundreds and hundreds of stores, from typical mall staples such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Forever 21, Express and luxury stores like Lacoste. Fashion Show has a bevvy of niche shops including Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, The Coach Store, Cole Haan and True Religion.
But, there’s more than just shopping at Fashion Show. Aside from the large food court, there are an abundance of restaurants to fit any taste, including the popular RA Sushi, California Pizza Kitchen, Nordstrom’s Marketplace Cafe, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Luciano’s, El Segundo Sol and The Capital Grille. For last-minute people, there’s an excellent concierge service that books shows and tour packages, makes reservations at restaurants and can reserve hotel rooms.
On a budget? Don’t worry. There are plenty of stores, like Dillard’s, which features great sales year-round. Plus, there is always window shopping to keep people entertained. And, like it’s name, there is the Great Hall that brings shoppers fashion shows numerous times daily, complete with an elevated stage.
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
With more than 150 boutique shops, there is something for everyone at the Forum Shops in Ceasers Palace.
This mall merges (re-created) ancient cobblestone “streets,” Roman facades and statues, with modern touches like spiral escalators. Be sure to check out the marvelous recreations of the Trevi and Triton Fountains (complete with a free show that includes fire).
Forum Shops are heavy on designers, including Agent Provocateur, Louis Vuitton, Bvulgari, Fendi, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore, Valentino, Versace, Ferragamo, Bellanciaga, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and more. For the jewelry enthusiast, stop in David Yurman, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co. or De Beers.
Aside from the luxury stores, there’s also the regular shops such as Guess, Express and the popular multi-story FAO Schwartz, as well as art galleries, including the well-known
photographer, Peter Lik. Dining options abound, including the extremely popular Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Wolfgang Puck’s popular Spago institution and The Palm Las Vegas.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
What was once a kitschy desert-themed shopping center is now hip and trendy, thanks to the makeover of Aladdin Hotel to Planet Hollywood. Massive chandeliers and a new slick look make Miracle Mile not only a great place to shop, but also a great venue to admire cutting-edge interior design.
Located just off the casino, Miracle Mile has 170 shops, ranging from the popular H & M and American Apparel, GAP and French Connection.
And then, there are the dining options — 15 restaurants to satisfy any craving. Restaurants include: Cabo Wabo Cantina, Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Cheesburger Las Vegas, La Salsa Cantina, Ocean One Bar & Grille, Pampas Churrascaria Brazillian, Sin City Brewing Company and Todai Sushi & Seafood Buffet.
In the heart of the mall lies the Planet Hollywood Theatre. Inside, shoppers can take in
shows like the illusions of Amazing Jonathan, the men of American Storm and the music of Fab Four Live, the Mentalist and V — the Ultimate Variety Show. For those looking for some interaction, there is the Naughty Boys Hypnosis Show, Stripper 101 and Sin City Comedy.
Like Fashion Show, there are also free attractions including a laser show, rain show and fountain show.
Opened in 2008, Town Square is the new kid on the block and well worth a visit. Unlike the other malls, Town Square is open-air, which means shoppers can enjoy some of the best weather in the world during the spring and fall, as well as hit some of their favorite stores.
Town Square’s got the largest H & M in Las Vegas, as well as Guitar Center, Apple, MAC, Border’s, English Laundry, Old Navy, New York & Co., GUESS, Eddie Bauer and GAP. The mall also includes RAVE Motion Pictures and Whole Foods Market.
No open-air mall is complete without parks — and Town Square has two of them. Town Square Park offers a peaceful and relaxing option and includes a pavilion and picnic area, complete with a bridge and water fountain. Next to Town Square Park is the Children’s Park. It recently underwent improvements, including a new play surface. The park includes a Tree House within a 42-foot tall Oak complete with a rock wall, slides and a fort; a maze with animal topiaries; the Bakery Cafe Playhouse for little gourmet cooks wanting to whip up some “food”; the Princess Tower Playhouse; Merry-Go-Round; and theatre.
Town Square features massive amounts of dining and nightlife options. Blue Martini, Yard House and Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar round up locals nightly. And then there’s a variety of restaurants including the newly opened and delicious Cana Latina Kitchen and Bar, Claim Jumper, California Pizza Kitchen, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Miller’s Ale House, Brio Tuscan Grille, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and more.