Las Vegas is an unapologetically flashy city, and most of its shopping centers are extravagantly designed, too. In many cases, Las Vegas shopping is as much about the shopping experience and showy surroundings as it is about what you actually take home. It’s common for boutiques to be set amid ancient Roman replicas, dramatic fountains, thumping music and blazing lights, and restaurants conceived by Michelin-starred chefs. If you’ve got a budget to stick to, however, you can head to the outlets instead, where you’ll score steep discounts on coveted labels.
Shopping on The Strip:
It may be the most obvious place to shop in Las Vegas, but it’s also head and shoulders above what many of the world’s cities can offer in terms of retail meccas. Amid the neon lights, big-name shows, ultra-fine dining, and throngs of tourists from all over the world, Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as “the Strip,” is a haven for every type of shopper, no matter what they happen to be hunting for. From designer brands to cheap knockoffs, the vast majority of Vegas’s things to buy are right here. If it’s department stores you’re looking for, the Fashion Show Mall has you covered, with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue. Many of the best stores tend to be in hotel complexes, including the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and Aria’s Shops at Crystals. Others, like the Grand Bazaar Shops and the Showcase Mall (home of the Coca-Cola Store and M&M’s World, stand independent of any resort. The Strip even has outlet stores: Head to the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard for the indoor Las Vegas South Premium Outlets, home of amazing deals on great brands.
Shopping in Summerlin:
About 13 miles west of the Strip is Summerlin, which encompasses upscale homes, parks, schools, hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues—and, yes, many places to shop. The Downtown Summerlin district is where most people do their shopping, including at Macy’s and more than 100 other shops and restaurants. Summerlin also has several farmers markets, nine strip malls, three resorts (including the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa) and a hotel (the Westin-run Element Las Vegas), and the Las Vegas Ballpark. Summerlin is also home to family-friendly Tivoli Village, a beautiful Italian-style outdoor shopping center lined with palm trees. At Tivoli, you can buy fine jewelry and art, cosmetics, fashion accessories, cigars, stationary, and more. Many celebrities and professional athletes live in Summerlin, so you can do some star-spotting along with your shopping.