The Las Vegas shopping guide
From blow-out to budget, there’s a shop to suit every bank balance in Las Vegas
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.
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.
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
Where to buy souvenirs
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
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
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
Best casino malls
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.
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.