Just about every Las Vegas hotel offers some shopping opportunities. The following have the most extensive arcades. The physical spaces of these shopping arcades are always open, but individual stores keep unpredictable hours. For addresses and telephone numbers, see the hotels' listings.
Bally's -- Bally's Avenue Shoppes consist of around 20 emporia offering, you know, stuff (kitschy card-shop knickknacks and the like). In addition, there are several gift shops, a Marshall Rousso clothing store, and a Harley Davidson accessories emporium (no motorcycles, sorry). There are blackjack and slots tournaments right in the mall. You can dispatch the kids to a video arcade here while you shop (or gamble).
Bellagio -- The Via Bellagio collection of stores isn't as big as some of the other megahotel shopping arcades, but here it's definitely quality over quantity. It's a veritable roll call of glossy magazine ads: Armani, Prada, Chanel, Tiffany, Fred Leighton, Gucci, Dior, Fendi, and Yves Saint Laurent. That's about it. You need anything else? Well, yes -- money. If you can afford this stuff, good for you, you lucky dog.
Caesars Palace -- Since 1978, Caesars has had an impressive arcade of shops called the Appian Way, highlighted by an immense white Carrara-marble replica of Michelangelo's David standing more than 18 feet high. All in all, a respectable grouping of hotel shops. But in the hotel's tradition of constantly surpassing itself, in 1992 Caesars inaugurated the fabulous Forum Shops, an independently operated 375,000-square-foot Rodeo-Drive-meets-the-Roman-Empire affair, complete with a 48-foot triumphal arch entranceway, a painted Mediterranean sky that changes as the day progresses from rosy-tinted dawn to twinkling evening stars, acres of marble, lofty Corinthian columns with gold capitals, and a welcoming goddess of fortune under a central dome. Then there is the Festival Fountain, where some seemingly immovable "marble" animatronic statues of Bacchus (slightly in his cups), a lyre-playing Apollo, Plutus, and Venus come to life for a 7-minute revel with dancing waters and high-tech laser-light effects. The shows take place every hour on the hour. The entire thing is pretty incredible, but also very Vegas -- particularly the Bacchus show, which is truly frightening and bizarre. Even if you don't like shopping, it's worth the stroll just to giggle.
Additions over the years have added a 50,000-gallon aquarium with another fountain show involving fire (don't stand too close, it gets really hot) and a circular escalator (said to be one of only two in the world), and a lot more stores.
Oh right, the stores. With all the gawking opportunities, it may be easy to forget that you can shop and buy things here (so much so that Caesars claims this is the most profitable mall in America). Tenants are mostly of the exclusive variety, although there are a few more "Average Joe" kind of stores (yes, of course there's a Gap). Some examples: Louis Vuitton, bebe, Christians Dior and Audigier, Agent Provocateur, A/X Armani Exchange, Gucci, Versace, Harry Winston jewelers, Brooks Brothers, Juicy Couture, a Playboy store, Kiehl's cosmetics (worth a trip just for that), M.A.C., and especially Vosges Haut Chocolate -- makeup and sweets, that sounds like shopping heaven to us! If that's not enough they now have the largest H&M in the United States, with three stories of affordable fashion bliss.
The majority of the Caesars Palace shops are open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to midnight. For more information and a mall directory visit www.forumshops.com.
Circus Circus -- There are about a dozen shops between the casino and the Adventuredome, offering a selection of gifts and sundries, logo items, toys and games, jewelry, liquor, resort apparel for the entire family, T-shirts, homemade fudge/candy/soft ice cream, and, fittingly, clown dolls and puppets. Adjacent to the Adventuredome, there's a shopping arcade (with the usual souvenir stores and such) themed as a European village, with cobblestone walkways, fake woods, and so forth, decorated with replicas of vintage circus posters.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas -- Roughly a dozen stores surround the giant chandelier on the second floor, mostly offering clothing, jewelry, and other stylish accessories. None of the places have names that are familiar to most Americans, but Allsaints, Beckley, Droog, and Skins 6/2 may be known to international visitors. One fun store is EatDrink, a bodega of sorts where you can create your own minipicnic with wine, cheese, meats, and other savories.
Encore -- Lining the walkway from sister hotel Wynn Las Vegas are about a dozen boutiques, mostly of the upscale (read: expensive) variety. Hermès and Chanel are the most recognizable names, but if you're a fan of the surroundings at Encore or Wynn Las Vegas, stop at the Homestore, which is filled with furnishings from the hotel that you can take home with you.
Excalibur -- For the most part, the shops of the Castle Walk reflect the hotel's medieval theme. Dragon's Lair, for example, features items ranging from pewter swords and shields to full suits of armor, plus crystal balls and the like. Other shops carry more conventional wares -- gifts, candy, jewelry, women's clothing, and Excalibur logo items. And most importantly, they have a branch of that medieval staple -- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
Flamingo Las Vegas -- The Crystal Court shopping promenade here accommodates men's and women's clothing/accessories stores, gift shops, and a variety of other emporia selling jewelry, beachwear, fresh-baked goods, logo items, children's gifts, toys, and games.
Harrah's -- Carnaval Court is a small outdoor shopping promenade, a concept unique to the Strip. It consists mostly of little stalls selling bits and bobs, such as hippie-inspired floaty dresses and tops, saucy underwear with catchy phrases on it, jewelry, and knock-off purses. A store highlight is a Ghirardelli chocolate shop, a branch of the famous San Francisco-based chocolate company. It's a smaller version of the one in San Francisco (alas, without the vats of liquid chocolate being mixed up), and in addition to candy, you can get a variety of delicious sundaes and other ice-cream treats.
Luxor -- A 20,000-square-foot shopping arcade with more than 20 full shops. Most of the stores emphasize clothing, jewelry, and sundry items but if you want to get your Mindfreak on, there is an official Criss Angel store here selling everything from DVDs to motorcycles.
Mandalay Place -- In appearance, more like an actual indoor mall than a hotel shopping arcade, but in content it has neither the rarified atmosphere of Via Bellagio or the Wynn Promenade, nor does it have the collection of The Forum Shops. But there is a men's shop called the Art of Shaving, a couple of art galleries, a NIKE Golf store for your husband, and a Frederick's of Hollywood if you're feeling the need to make your husband happy with something other than golf.
MGM Grand -- The hotel's Star Lane Shops include more than a dozen mostly pedestrian emporia lining the corridors en route from the monorail entrance. Studio Walk is another shopping area adjacent to the main casino, featuring some upscale boutiques and several restaurants.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood -- Though not without some eye-catching details, these shops aren't all that glamorous: It's pretty much a new-Vegas, whiz-bang version of every nice upper-end mall in America, a generic letdown all the worse because the original version was so charming. Although some of the original Arabian Nights details from when this mall was known as the Desert Passage still exist, most of the mall is pretty generic.
At least the shops somewhat stand out, including several listed separately below, plus Frederick's of Hollywood, Crocs, Two Lips Shoes (affordable, stylish, and comfortable shoes), Steve Madden, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, bebe, BCBG, Sephora, and a branch of the insanely popular H&M clothing store. The shops are open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to midnight. For more information visit www.miraclemileshopslv.com.
Monte Carlo -- A cobblestone arcade of retail shops, the Street of Dreams includes several upscale clothing, timepiece, eyewear, and gift boutiques, plus a Harley Davidson clothing and accessories store and, most importantly, a branch of The Cupcakery, which serves up some of the best cakes in a cup in the entire world as far as we're concerned.
The Palazzo -- The sister hotel to The Venetian couldn't hold its resort head up without its own luxury shopping area. As with the super high-end experience at Bellagio and Wynn, this brings all kinds of names to town, names sure to thrill the souls -- and diminish the wallets -- of dedicated fashionistas. A branch of Barneys New York is the star of the retail show, but Christian Louboutin, Bottega Veneta, Chloe, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, and Van Cleef & Arpels are hardly second string. It's like the pages of Vogue come to life!
Rio -- The Masquerade Village is an adequately executed shopping arcade at Rio. It's done as a European village and is two stories tall, featuring a few shops, mostly selling clothes, jewelry, and gifts. One notable outlet is Nawlins, which includes "authentic" voodoo items, Mardi Gras masks, and so forth.
Riviera -- Though nothing like the higher-end shopping galleries, the Riviera's fairly extensive shopping arcade comprises art galleries, jewelers, shops specializing in women's shoes and handbags, clothing for the entire family, furs, gifts, logo items, toys, phones and electronic gadgets, and chocolates.
Stratosphere -- The internationally themed (though in a high-school production kind of way, compared to what's over at Planet Hollywood and The Venetian) second-floor Tower Shops promenade, housing more than 40 stores, is entered via an escalator from the casino. Some shops are in "Paris," along the Rue Lafayette and Avenue de l'Opéra (there are replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in this section). Others occupy Hong Kong and New York City streetscapes.
Treasure Island -- TI's shopping promenade is nowhere near as interesting since they took out all the pirate-themed bits. Emporia here include the TI Store (your basic hotel gift/sundry shop, also offering much pirate-themed merchandise) plus the Sirens of TI-themed lingerie shop. Cirque du Soleil and Mystère logo wares are also sold in a shop near the ticket office in the hotel.
The Venetian -- After you've shopped Ancient Rome at Caesars, come to The Grand Canal Shoppes and see if shopping in Renaissance-era (more or less) Venice is any different. Certainly the production values stay high: This is a re-created Italian village, complete with a painted, cloud-studded blue sky overhead, and a canal right down the center on which gondoliers float and sing. Pay them ($16), and you can take a lazy float down and back, serenaded by your boatman (actors hired especially for this purpose and with accents perfect enough to fool Roberto Benigni). The stroll (or float) ends at a miniature (though not by all that much) version of St. Mark's Square, the central landmark of Venice. Here, you'll find opera singers, strolling musicians, glass blowers, and other bustling marketplace activity. It's all most ambitious and beats the heck out of animatronic statues.
The Shoppes are accessible directly from outside (so you don't have to navigate miles of casino and other clutter) via a grand staircase whose ceiling features more of those impressive hand-painted art re-creations. It's quite smashing.
Oh, the shops themselves? The usual high- and medium-end brand names: Cache, Davidoff, Kenneth Cole, Ann Taylor, BCBG, bebe, Banana Republic, Rockport, and more, plus Venetian glass and paper shops. Madame Tussauds Celebrity Encounter is also located here, and so is the Canyon Ranch Spa Club. The Shoppes are open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to midnight. For more information visit www.thegrandcanalshoppes.com.
Wynn Las Vegas -- The Esplanade is along the same rarified lines of the Bellagio shopping area, in that it's a Euro-style-esque (love those Vegas qualifiers!) shopping street lined with pricey places with famous names -- Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton. We prefer it to the one at Bellagio because it seems like it has just enough shops that nearly reach an average person's budget.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.