The jagged, sparkly facade that is front and center on Las Vegas Boulevard is a dramatic come hither for the high end shops within: Fendi, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co. The Shops at Crystals has often been called the jewel (see what they did there?) of Las Vegas retail for the one percent. There’s not only the largest Louis Vuitton in North America and the biggest Prada in the United States, but also the 10,000-square-foot Tiffany & Co. All that ultra-modern design of the exterior is offset by high ceilings and plenty of white space inside. If there weren’t stores lining the walls, you might think this was an art gallery, with plenty of art installations inside the shops themselves as well. Louis Vuitton has a permanent installation by light and space artist James Turrell, which you can see by appointment only, while a 8,000 Swarovski-crystal horse chandelier dazzles inside Stella McCartney. Have a nosh at Wolfgang Puck’s pizzeria, or relax with one of many craft beers at Todd English P.U.B. The two-story wooden structure that stands in the middle is called The Treehouse and houses tony seafood restaurant Mastro’s Ocean Club on the second floor, as well as concierge shopping services on the first. And yes, it does look like a bong. The mall is open Sunday through Thursday 10am until 11pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am to midnight, but individual store and restaurant hours may vary.
- Rick Garman