Published on May 31st, 2016 | by Lisa Boynton
Shopping the Best of the Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas may be home to world-class casinos but Sin City didn’t get its name from poker tables alone: the moniker comes more from the general dizzying excess of this Nevada town. And there’s no better show of this than in the awe-inspiring shopping venues offered on the Vegas strip. (To say nothing about the spending habits of everyone who frequents them.)
Here’s the lowdown on the newest crop of shopping ventures and updates on the usual suspects.
The LINQ Promenade
Whether you want to shop, eat or be entertained, The LINQ Promenade should be your first stop on the strip. At over 200,000 square feet and with more than 40 stores and restaurants, this new ‘hood offers everything you need in one place – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The store-lined walkway is located between The LINQ and Flamingo hotels, and houses everything from bars and restaurants to unique shops and a hybrid bowling alley/restaurant/music venue. You can’t miss The LINQ Promenade: its standout feature is the High Roller, a 550-foot observation wheel (the tallest in the world) that gives spectacular 360-degree views of the Las Vegas valley.
When you’re itching to spend some hard-won cash, turn to the shops here. If you’re looking for hipster tchotchkes, head to Koto or the once-celeb-fave Kitson – but hurry to the latter since it may be shuttering its doors shortly. If you want to up your shoe game, you can pick from 12 A.M. RUN, a high-end sneaker boutique co-owned by the rapper Nas, or Bella Scarpa and Havaianas. Ruby Blue is your stop for all things glittery, girlie and risqué, and you can throw some (good) shade with new sunglasses from Chilli Beans. If you want to commemorate your journey around the High Roller, check out the souvenirs at Sky Shop at the base of the wheel. Have a sweet tooth? Stop off at Ghirardelli for some of the best chocolate on the strip.
Grand Bazaar Shops
If you’ve been to Vegas, you’ve likely seen the kitschy outdoor food and souvenir stands that used to busy-up the south end of the strip. Grand Bazaar Shops takes that vibe and elevates it to a whole new level. Located beside the Paris hotel (in front of Bally’s), the Grand Bazaar Shops district is Las Vegas’ newest outdoor shopping venue. Consider it an open-air market for the next generation, with conjoined shops and stands teeming with food, clothing, accessories and everything else you could dream up.
Take advantage of Vegas’ never-ending sunshine and stroll around the area as you enjoy a cone from Marash Turkish Ice Cream. The air of the Grand Bazaar Shops is tinged with a familiar aroma – that would be thanks to LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Craving some flare? Grab a stack of bangles from Alex and Ani, or add a pop of colour to your wrist at Swatch. If bling is more your thing, Swarovski will be your Mecca. If you’re a fan of all things Wahlberg, grab some branded goodies like t-shirts and keychains at the Wahlburgers store, which opened ahead of the restaurant that’s slated for later this spring.
The stores of Grand Bazaar Shops are open late but another reason to pop by in the wee hours is the light-and-sound show put on by Swarovski. At the centre of the spectacle, which takes place twice a night, is the Swarovski Starburst, a crystal-and-LED-light wonder measuring 14 feet across.
Fashion Show and the Hotel Shops
Trying to compete with the other shopping venues on the strip, Fashion Show recently got a major overhaul; the popular mall across from the Wynn hotel now features eight department stores, 250 stores and 25 dining options. That’s Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and all of your other favourite haunts under one roof. If you can think of it, Fashion Show has it. So if your slot machine rang up a trio of 7s and you’re looking to spend your winnings, make this plaza your go-to.
If high rolling is your vibe and you just laid a royal flush on the poker table, then strut on over to The Shops at Crystals and the luxe hotels like Bellagio, Caesars, Wynn and Aria and make it rain. The boutiques in these venues are jaw-dropping beautiful and carry the best in designer names: among them are Dior, Chanel, Cartier, YSL, Gucci, Prada and Versace. (Even if the stores are out of your price range, be sure to check out the venues regardless. The backdrops to the shops make for stunning photo ops.) Looking for that personal touch in your shopping? Many stores within these posh malls will now provide you with your own sales consultant and arrange a shopping experience tailored to your wants and needs. Book an appointment and live the celebrity life for a day.
If lady luck is on your side, plan to shop the best of the Vegas strip. Book an appointment to meet with a certified CAA Travel Consultant and learn how you can get the most out of your trip to Sin City.
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