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The Las Vegas shopping guide

From blow-out to budget, there’s a shop to suit every bank balance in Las Vegas

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Forum Shops

Sure, it might be trying too hard with the faux-Roman vibe – classical pillars, statues, huge replica of the Trevi Fountain – but with more than 160 boutiques and shops under its trompe l’oeil, always-twilit Italian sky, the Forum Shops rakes in a whopping $1,300 in sales per square foot each year, the nation’s highest per-square-foot revenue. And that’s a lot of square feet – the Forum Shops recently added 175,000 square feet and additional levels that extend the mall to the Strip. It’s far and away the best of the casino malls; you could spend your entire visit here. In the main mall, mid-range chains (Banana Republic, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Diesel) punctuate the serious designer line-up: Elie Tahari, Christian Dior, Valentino, Ermenegildo Zegna, John Varvatos, et al. Accessorise your outfit at Cartier, David Yurman, Christian Louboutin, De Beers, Inglot or Tiffany & Co. But the real jewels are the refined shops that front directly on to the Strip. Spiral escalators and marble floors help create a swanky setting for tenants such as fashion powerhouses Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Thomas Pink and Carolina Herrera. There are attractions at either end of the mall: statues come to life at one extremity, with Atlantis rising from the waves at the other. When your feet or credit cards are exhausted, head for the Qua Baths & Spa or pop by Numb Bar for a frozen cocktail.

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The Linq/High Roller

Combining an open-air shopping mall with a live-music mecca and a supersize Ferris wheel with dazzling views, the Linq is one of the latest additions to the Strip. Sandwiched between the Quad Resort & Casino and the Flamingo, the outdoor playground is a bit narrow, which can make for crowded passage, but it stretches the length of three football fields with a zigzag in the middle that makes it impossible to see from one end to the other. The site is anchored in back by the High Roller. Billed as the world’s largest observation wheel, the 550-foot-high attraction became an unmistakable part of the Vegas skyline when its lights were switched in early 2014. Less an amusement-park ride than a way to admire the city from multiple vantage points, the High Roller has 28 cabins, each accommodating up to 40 people—fewer if you want to roll liquor service inside with you; you can buy an individual ticket or rent an entire cabin. The ride’s full revolution takes 30 minutes, and it moves so slowly that it never stops for passengers to board or disembark. Though it operates from noon to 2am, the High Roller is best experienced after dark when the panorama is at its most dramatic. During the day, check out the many eateries, shops and bars that line the mall, including rapper Nas’s überhip sneaker store 12 A.M. Run, Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, and Flour & Barley pizzeria. Midway between front and back of the Linq is Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the third location of the bowling alley-cum-music venu

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Kidrobot

Looking for something a little more stylish for your child than overalls? Toy designer Paul Budnitz’s Kidrobot outpost at the Cosmopolitan has smart shirts and hoodies for the kids – plus some pretty awesome toys to boot. Get junior a T-shirt and then pick out some collectibles for yourself.

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Tivoli Village

Rampart Boulevard in Summerlin, located in the north-eastern area of Las Vegas, was already rife with malls before the first phase of Tivoli Village opened in 2011: Boca Park Fashion Village lies on the other side of Alta Drive, and just up the road from that is the popular and dependable Rampart Commons. No matter to Tivoli’s developers, who painstakingly worked through the economic slump to build and open this classy and luxurious European-themed shopping centre. But this open-air market has little in common with its neighbours up the road, opting, instead, for more of a ‘lifestyle’ experience than a shopping expedition. Accessorise your home, at Ethan Allen; your wardrobe, at Republic of Couture; or your dog, at Shaggy Chic; then complete your afternoon with a meal at Poppy Den. You’re welcome.

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Las Vegas gifts and themed souvenirs

Perfect for people who love the city, these Las Vegas gifts feature iconic landmarks, Las Vegas maps and other stately designs

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Where to buy souvenirs

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Bonanza

Bonanza’s huge sign declares it to be the ‘world’s largest gift store’; certainly, it’s hard to imagine one much bigger. The store sells everything from postcards to placemats, Elvis shot glasses to dice clocks, playing cards to earrings. Harkening back to the days of Route 66 gift shops, there’s also plenty of American Indian turquoise and silver jewellery

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Gamblers General Store

This well-stocked shop is packed with gift ideas for that special gambler in your life. There’s gambling-related merchandise here to suit all budgets, from a single casino chip costing a couple of coins to vintage video poker machines. Along with the collectibles are pretty much everything you need to play any of the casino games, including a library of ‘how to’ gaming books

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Las Vegas Cigar Company

The Las Vegas Cigar Company’s established varieties of cigar are hand-rolled daily in-house, using Cuban-seed tobacco imported from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic

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Love Boutique

Located next to the Déjà Vu strip club, Love sells an extensive collection of lingerie and novelty gift items. Kick off a bachelor/bachelorette party here.Other locations throughout the city

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Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan set out to be different from anywhere else in Las Vegas, and it has achieved this goal with style, sophistication and wit. The choice of the international and hip, as well as chic locals, Cosmo attracts a younger, more urbane crowd. The vertical layout (three storeys, centred around a chandelier that even Liberace himself couldn’t have envisioned) is studded with unusual shopping options, including Amsterdam’s outré, avant-garde Droog assemblage of conceptual furniture. You’ll also find an outpost of the UK’s AllSaints Spitalfields, the Beckley luxury boutique, the discerning Stitched menswear collections, and Skins 6/2 Cosmetics, which sells potions with ‘retail theater’. Once you have your look together, grab a cocktail and head for the third floor, an endless people-watching parade, with an amusing collection of mid-century modern furniture for striking a pose upon.

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Crystals at CityCenter

Hollywood should stage the Academy Awards at the new Crystals shopping centre at the CityCenter complex. God knows it’s big enough, with its soaring ceilings and vast expanses of white stone. And all the designer labels favoured by celebrities and socialites are in place: Balenciaga, Dior, Pucci, Gucci and Fendi; Stella McCartney, Paul Smith and Tom Ford; as well as jewellers-to-the-stars Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mikimoto and Harry Winston. Between bouts of browsing and buying, there are restaurants by Wolfgang Puck and Todd English (his PUB is a fantastically fun casual saloon), the pan-Asian Social Club and the lavish, retro-futuristic Mastro’s Ocean Club, which perches over the fabulous fray. Since precious few can afford the baubles on display, there’s often plenty of room inside the boutiques, where it’s often ‘look but don’t touch’. But the biggest draw at Crystals, its water-themed public art, is definitely look and touch: one work features giant obelisks of ice that emerge and then slowly melt, creating fantastic shapes and textures via heat, wind, and the touch of thousands of tourists; another offers rainbow-hued whirlwinds within Plexiglas cylinders.

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Forum Shops

Sure, it might be trying too hard with the faux-Roman vibe – classical pillars, statues, huge replica of the Trevi Fountain – but with more than 160 boutiques and shops under its trompe l’oeil, always-twilit Italian sky, the Forum Shops rakes in a whopping $1,300 in sales per square foot each year, the nation’s highest per-square-foot revenue. And that’s a lot of square feet – the Forum Shops recently added 175,000 square feet and additional levels that extend the mall to the Strip. It’s far and away the best of the casino malls; you could spend your entire visit here. In the main mall, mid-range chains (Banana Republic, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Diesel) punctuate the serious designer line-up: Elie Tahari, Christian Dior, Valentino, Ermenegildo Zegna, John Varvatos, et al. Accessorise your outfit at Cartier, David Yurman, Christian Louboutin, De Beers, Inglot or Tiffany & Co. But the real jewels are the refined shops that front directly on to the Strip. Spiral escalators and marble floors help create a swanky setting for tenants such as fashion powerhouses Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Thomas Pink and Carolina Herrera. There are attractions at either end of the mall: statues come to life at one extremity, with Atlantis rising from the waves at the other. When your feet or credit cards are exhausted, head for the Qua Baths & Spa or pop by Numb Bar for a frozen cocktail.

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Mandalay Place

What separates this smallish retail experience from other Strip malls is its vow to ‘break the chains’: it leases its stores only to companies otherwise absent from Vegas. It’s a savvy move, and one that brought the city its first Urban Outfitters (which has since also opened in the Miracle Mile Shops); an outpost of Frederick’s of Hollywood lingerie; unusual art offerings, including the Art of Music and Peter Lik Gallery. The handful of great boutiques includes Nora Blue, Elton’s Men Store and Le Paradis; other highlights include the Las Vegas Sock Market, and sweet spot Lick, for all your candy – bacon-flavoured included – needs. For nibbles, try Rick Moonen’s new steampunk-inspired Rx Boiler Room (Moonen is TV-famous from his appearances on the Top Chef reality show). The Burger Bar continues to be popular, with its baroque twists (foie gras!) on the humble hamburger. And when you need to chill out, pop into the Minus5 Ice Lounge, an all-ice cocktail bar – where you’ll be outfitted with a parka and gloves before you sip your vodka from an ice goblet. The mall is located on a bridge that connects Mandalay Bay to the Luxor, and is accessible from either resort.

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