Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Fifth Avenue in New York. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. When you think of world-class shopping, these are the places that usually come to mind, but today, you can add The Vegas Strip. What used to be little more than a 12-block smorgasbord of kitschy souvenirs and t-shirts is now arguably the greatest concentration of high end luxury shopping in the world.
Shopping is a new measure of the transformation of Las Vegas into the world’s premier luxury destination for grown-ups.
Vegas blew away the world’s perceptions of what a resort hotel could be. Today. Everything has to be the best. From the Cosmo to the Wynn. Vegas shopping has transformed. Once upon a time, shopping choices were t-shirts or diamonds, depending on whether you were a fixture at the nickel slots or a high roller at baccarat. No more. You can leave all your money here now and never see the casino floor. Vegas boasts more upscale shopping than ever and we are still growing. Niemans, Saks, Prada, Tiffany, Gucci, Louis Vitton and Christian Louboutin are only a small lists of names Ill drop here.
VegasHotSpots.com Guide to Shopping In Las Vegas
We’ve been to them all, so here is a snapshot of what to look for and where to shop in Retail Vegas:
Shoppes at Wynn
The Forum Shoppes
The grandfather of Vegas upscale malls, this remains a true shopping and celebrity-spotting hot spot. Michael Jackson, J Lo. and others dine and drop a dime here, sometimes closing down stores while they get their VIP treatment. Access is easy from Caesar’s Palace Casino or from the Strip via elaborate moving walkways. The Festival Fountain and Atlantis animatronics are a little corny, but worth a ten-minute break when you’re down at that end of the complex. A major addition and expanded parking in 2004 will reinvigorate this retail destination. For more information on shops, visit www.parkplace.com. The Shops in the Desert Passage at the Aladdin –- Patterned after a North African marketplaceDesert Passage, it takes 1.2 miles of walking to see all 140 specialty stores and the eight restaurants. The mall is actually a circle surrounding the Aladdin’s Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pedicabs can help get you from one end to the other when your dogs get tired. For more information, visit www.desertpassage.com. Via Bellagio — We’re talking Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, and Armani. You’ll look like a million bucks when you walk out of here. The mall is decked out like some foreign subtitled flick complete with beautiful Italian extras folding cashmere on the showroom floors. It is our choice for the “Best Shops for High Rollers” HotSpot. For more information, visit www.bellagio.com, then click on “Shopping,” then click on “Via Bellagio.”
The Grand Canal Shoppes
No contest here…the Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Resort Casino have captured the ambience and romance of this most famous spot for lovers. Go ahead…ride the gondolas, let them sing to you while you pass under arches and are photographed by dozens of fellow consumers. Grand Canal Shops Plan your visit here to include lunch or dinner at Postrio in St. Mark’s Square. Designed to resemble like an Italian piazza with three-story faux building fronts and a cloud-sprinkled ceiling, it is a great place for people-watching and a sumptuous meal. Operatic singers, human sculptures and other street performers keep it lively. The Grand Canal Shops are the only retail center in Vegas with a holiday festival. The celebration called Carnevale is billed as 11 days of food, fashion and festivities, and begins December 11th. Check out www.venetian.com/attractions/carnevale.cfm for details on Carnevale. For more information about the Grand Canal Shops in general, visit www.venetian.com/shoppe. Other Shopping Hot Spots
Shoppes at Miracle Mile
The Fashion Show (don’t call it the Fashion Show Mall!) is one of the largest shopping centers in the country at more than 1.9 million square feet. Located at the hottest corner in Vegas opposite the re-born TI, the Venetian, and the new Wynn Las Vegas, this stunning retail center houses 200 stores, scheduled to grow to 250 by the end of 2004. Seven anchor stores including flagships Nieman Marcus, Saks, a prototype Bloomies Home Store, and Nordstrom surround a huge central space called The Great Hall. An 80-foot long retractable runway and stage in the middle of The Great Hall Fashion Show – Runway complete with state-of-the-art video and sound systems provides a platform for high-energy fashion performances. The Cloud on the Strip side of the center is more than a gigantic sunshade…at night it’s a huge overhead image projection screen broadcasting video and events occurring inside. There’s more to tell about Fashion Show than we have space for here, so visit www.thefashionshow.com.