Shopping Las Vegas
In 1982, the Australian rock group Men At Work declared their home country the "land of plenty" in their number one hit, "Down Under". According to anybody that may have resided in the Las Vegas area, that title may have been frivolously given to the Pacific country. From an overabundance of eateries to well over 50,000 hotel rooms, Sin City ensures to not downplay any aspect of human living – including boutique shopping. From the Fashion Show Mall by Treasure Island all the way down to Crystals at CityCenter, Las Vegas is home to well over 1,000 high end boutiques that range anywhere from Louis Vuitton to more casual stores like Bath & Body Works.
If you've ever gone to Las Vegas with your significant other, chances are he has wanted the opportunity to spend several hours at a casino table game, hoping to either double his money or his masculinity. It should only be fair that while he is tossing down countless dollars with nothing to show for it, you should be able to turn some of that green into an array of overflowing shopping bags. You could easily spend to your heart's desire without even leaving the comfort of your hotel on the Strip, but with so many high-end shops across town, why limit yourself.
On the eastern end of the Strip, directly to the north of the luxurious Wynn Hotel (which happens to house its own Jaguar dealership), is the Fashion Show Mall. Though its exterior looks more like a homage to Area 51, the Fashion Show Mall is any shopper's dream. With over 250 shops that include Bloomindales and Saks Fifth Avenue, you would think the location would have enough allure to bring in business – but at this mall, shopping isn't the only experience. The UFO-looking structure attached to the building's roof may offer shade during the day, but at night it is used as a movie screen. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a small sliver of the mall's lower section rises up out of the ground to provide a stage for a live fashion show. Many of the anchor and boutique stores lend their seasonal wardrobes for this spectacle as local models strut down the runway to a fully choreographed light show. Try not to get too distracted, though, as there is still plenty of shopping to do.
Though it's unlikely your shopping appetite won't be satiated at the mall, there's far more shopping to do if you head west and southwest along Las Vegas Blvd. Between the Palazzo and the Venetian properties there is an indoor shopping strip known as the Canal Shoppes that connect the two resorts. High-end boutiques and small eateries border an indoor canal where shoppers can rest their feet on a musical gondola ride throughout the indoor mall. Further west and on the north side of Las Vegas Blvd. at Caesar's Palace are the Forum Shops. You'll probably find an assortment of stores that you've already seen at any of the other shopping properties, but Grecian statues, miniature animatronic shows, and an eye catching fresh water fish tank offer some mild entertainment to break up the day. One more mall-like experience can be had directly next to Planet Hollywood at the Miracle Mile Shops.
For the pinnacle of high end shopping, you'll want to end your shopping tour of Vegas at CityCenter's The Crystals. This 500,000 sq ft shopping center features retailers like Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, and Prada along with such fine eateries as Todd English P.U.B. and Eve by Eva Langoria. Your shopping experience at The Crystals will be unmatched, and with an assortment of clubs and art galleries to break up the day, it could easily be your shopping center of choice in the future.