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Las Vegas City Guide

Las Vegas Shopping

©2006 Las Vegas News Bureau After a chi-chi shopping spree at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, eat lunch at delicious Sushi Roku or Boa Steakhouse.

You can take a break from spending money at the casinos and instead find almost any kind of store to suit your budget -- from bargains to high-end retail or specialty shops. The key is to know where to look.

Some of the best retailers are situated along The Strip. Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., White House/Black Market, and more vie for customers. No matter what hotel you decide to stay in, you're only minutes from phenomenal shopping. And the hotel planners didn't just set up shops around the casino. They've created shopping experiences, where you can watch free shows, be fooled by living statues, take in a thunderstorm, and relax on benches under faux skies that turn from dusk to dawn on the hour.

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Downtown Las Vegas offers its own share of specialty shops, high-end retail, and antique stores to satisfy your shopping frenzy. It even has it own outdoor mall or strip malls, depending on whether you want to walk around under canopies in the dry weather or indoors with the air conditioning.

Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to many outlet malls that attract the typical tourist looking for a deal. The Las Vegas Premium Outlets (875 S Grand Central Pkwy in downtown Las Vegas) houses outlet stores, such as A/X Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Calvin Klein, with savings from 25 to 65 percent off everyday prices. More than 120 stores are located in 435,000 square feet, and various store exteriors are color coordinated so you can easily follow a map and navigate the shopping area.

Another local find is what locals call Antique Row (1109 Western Ave in downtown Las Vegas). You can pick up anything from costume jewelry from the 1940s and '50s to casino chips, furniture, linens, and dishware. You can also find discontinued hotel silverware and dishes. The area is strewn with little houses and clumps of stores. Another good place to find quality antiques is the Gypsy Caravan Antiques (1302 S Third St).

Chinatown Plaza (4255 Spring Mountain Rd) is located only one mile west of the Las Vegas Strip. This plaza has a large collection of Asian businesses and restaurants, and even offers an Asian supermarket. Its specialty shops sell jade jewelry, spices, teas, art, and novelties. This first master-planned Chinatown in America has unique Tong Dynasty architecture.

The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas at Primm (32100 Las Vegas Blvd) is a 45-minute drive outside Las Vegas. This mall, located on the California-Nevada state line, has 100-plus shops ranging from high-end retail shops like Coach and Escada to outlet shops such as Nautica Outlet, Nine West, and Last-Call Nieman Marcus Store. Shuttles operate daily form the MGM Grand and the Desert Passage to this outlet extravaganza.

The District of Green Valley Ranch (2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson) offers 40-plus specialty retail stores and restaurants on tree-lined streets and cobblestone sidewalks. The amount of bargains or gems you'll find will depend on how long you want to look. Its numerous stores include REI (outdoor gear), Anthropologie (clothing and home decor), and Pottery Barn (home decor, knick knacks and crafts).

The Stratosphere Tower Shops atop The Stratosphere Hotel (2000 Las Vegas Blvd) wind their way along the corridor leading to the Thrill Rides, 800 feet above the city at the north end of The Strip. The shops are mom and pop, along with a few amenities such as the Roni Josef Spa and Salon. It's a trek to the shops, but the view at the end is awesome. It's a perfect way to spend an afternoon and catch the sunset over the mountains to the west at the end of your shopping spree.

Expect to run into a celebrity or two at The Forum Shops at the Mobil Three-Star Caesars Palace (3500 Las Vegas Blvd). This 560,000-square-foot shopping experience brings fantasy to life. High-end stores such as Kate Spade, Judith Leiber, and Coach coexist among such top-rated restaurants as Sushi Roku and Boa Steakhouse.

There's no shortage of hip Vegas night spots, including several dance clubs where celebrity sightings are the norm. Learn about these and other entertainment options on the next page.

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