The Forum Shops (CC Flickr photo credit: kanamas)
The Forum Shops at Ceasar’s Palace 


Las Vegas isn’t  just about the casinos and the dining. After getting a cheap flight to town, some opt for neither of the two, and head straight to the stores.


From Abercrombie to Zara, Las Vegas has got it all. Whether visitors want to bring home the bargains with an outdoor outlet shopping experience, or have that one “big buy,” shopping is definitely an activity that can keep people busy for days.


Town Square: This South Strip sprawling outdoor area is popular for locals and tourists. A good starting point for all budgets, Town Square is a wallet-friendly visit for the most part. With stores like Old Navy and H & M, it is easy to pick up a new wardrobe without breaking the bank. There are also boutique stores like Juicy Couture, MAC and apple to browse. Plus, when a break is needed, there are plenty of dining options.


Crystals, City Center: The newest (and prettiest) mall on The Strip, this shopping area is all about high-end stores. For label lovers, there’s BALENCIAGA, Cartier, Christian Dior, Gucci, Harry Winston, Hermes, Lanvin, TAG Heuer, Tom Ford and more. Plus, there’s plenty of high-end Vegas dining options including Todd English and Wolfgang Puck.


Miracle Mile Shops, Planet Hollywood: When Planet Hollywood came in and Aladdin came out, there was the issue of the shopping mall. Once called Desert Passage, today the Miracle Mile Shops still echo some of the kitschy themes from the past with a synthetic rain storm that drops water in the middle of the mall. Stores include American Apparel and Gap, along with a few more upscale shops.


Grand Canal Shoppes, Venetian: Keeping in step with the theme of the hotel, the Grand Canal Shoppes main focal point is the winding streets that are made to echo the streets of Venice, complete with a real canal offering gondola rides and strolling street performers. Whether shoppers want to indulge in designer brands or grab clothes for a night of clubbing at Bebe, these shops offer a large variety of options. Wear comfortable shoes – the replica streets do no good for heels.


Shoppes at the Palazzo: While at the Grand Canal Shoppes, walk on through to the sister resort, Palazzo, and even more shopping options. A mixed bag of shops, Palazzo features Victoria’s Secret, Montblanc, Christian Louboutin and the fun and hip Annie Creamcheese Designer Vintage, among other stores.


The Forum Shops, Caesars Palace: Home to one of the world’s largest H & M stores, the Forum Shops is one of larger malls on The Strip. It has got the well-recognized, affordable stores, like H & M, along with designer stores including Marc Jacobs, David Yurman, Jimmy Choo and Tory Burch.


Fashion Show Mall: With department stores including Dillards, Nordstrom, SAKS, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, this space age mall is floors and floors of shopping paradise. It’s got a huge Forever 21 (two floors with an entire section devoted to jewelry), along with a MANGO, GAP, Guess and other usual shopping mall suspects like Hot Topic and The Limited.


Esplanade Shops at Wynn/Encore: Home to the upscale stores, this is one shopping area where many will find themselves simply window-shopping, which is OK. Inside the bright and airy shopping area are Alexander McQueen, Ferrari, Chanel, Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Wynn LVNV, which sells décor and furnishings inspired by the property.


Las Vegas Premium Outlets North: With 150 outlet stores at this outdoor expanse, it is easy to spend an entire day browsing the racks. Here you can find some of the best outlet deals in the country at stores like Adidas, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan and tons more.


CC Flickr photo credit: kanamas

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