The retail outlets here are just prettier, Vegas-ier versions of the stores at the nice mall in your hometown, like White House Black Market, Lucky Brand, Guess, H&M, and a giant Urban Outfitters that looms over the Strip. But there are some one-off boutiques, such as an Original Penguin, and interesting art galleries to peruse like that of olive-loving artist Michael Godard and marine life conservationist Wyland. The AXIS Theatre has become the home for major pop residencies, where the Backstreet Boys have returned Larger Than Life, Jennifer Lopez wants to give you All I Have and Lionel Richie plays All The Hits. One thing to note about this mall: it’s not the easiest to navigate. It’s essentially one big circle, so if the shop you want is on one side and you don’t realize you’ve gone the wrong way from the entrance, you might end up taking an entire lap of the mall to get to your destination. The shops are open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to midnight.
- Rick Garman