I’ve been going to Vegas every since I was 22 years old. To date, I’ve been to Vegas 6 times (which almost breaks it down to once a year. I might have went twice one year) and every time I go there, there is something new and interesting to check out. Typically, when I’m on vacation, there is no budget when it comes to eating and shopping. Gambling money on the other hand is a different story. With that said, I’ve learned where to shop for good deals and where to shop for overprice goods. I hope that you can avoid the overprice goods and stick with the good deals. By no means am I an expert on Vegas, but I absolutely love Vegas so much that I must share what I’ve learned.
Before the grand opening of Forever21, I told everybody to avoid this place. To me, Fashion Mall is nothing special and quite overpriced. I would only go there for Forever21, but there are much better places (and wallet-friendly) places to shop at.
3200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste. 600
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-2692
Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. I love this place. It’s huge, but doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed. Like any shopping establishment, you always want to AVOID the kiosks people. That’s only my opinion, of course. The stores I like to hit are: Urban Outfitters , Sephora, H&M and local cute boutiques. I’m not saying this place is a cheap place to shop at, but it’s much cheaper than Fashion Mall. I’ve never experienced MM being too crowded, so I wouldn’t wake up early to go shopping here. But if you must, I don’t discourage it.
TIP: If you are a AAA member, show your membership card to any of the MM’s informational booths, you will receive a pretty thick book of coupons.
3663 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109-1920
The Forum Shops. When I first stepped into the FS, I was more impressed with twirling escalator than the all marble building. I really like the twirling escalator because you have a great view of the structure. Majority of the FS is filled with high-end brands, but there are a few gems that you can’t pass up. The largest H&M is located where the FAO Schwarz was located in FS is a must. Let me clarify something, in Hawaii there is NO H&M, so if it seems like I’m promoting H&M, it’s because the only time I can shop there is when I’m in Vegas. Another place to check out is Express for Men and Women. My last place I need to visit at the FS is Serendipity 3.
The Forum Shops:
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. So.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
If you could only order one thing from Serendipity, it has to be the Hot Frozen Cocoa.
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109-8924
Las Vegas Premium Outlets. I love outlet malls. Hands down the best outlet mall is LV Premium Outlet. This is an outdoor outlet and requires at least one to two days.
I’m not used to the dry heat of Vegas, which is why I take two days at the premium outlets. Honestly, there is nothing special about this outlet mall, but out of all the LV outlets, this one is the biggest, popular, and most diverse outlet I’ve been to. Trust me, I’ve been to all outlets in LV within 200 miles from the Strip. The crowds aren’t that bad, but I heard during November/December can be.
Tip: Go to the customer service office (I believe it’s located on the North side, right by the taxi cab station) give your email address and you get a book of coupons. I’m not too sure, but once I had to pay $5, but I think that was the year I went to Vegas twice.
875 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Las Vegas Chinatwon. My father and I stumbled upon this gem a couple years ago and we’ve been coming back ever since then. This chinatown stretches two blocks and there is a lot of different types of shops. If you are looking for a cheap and tasty Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean food, come here. If you are looking for a gift for your Asian family members, come here. If you are looking to expand your Hello Kitty collection, come here. If you are looking for that special tea that you can’t quite read what the ingredients are, but swear by it because you have never been this skinny before, come here. If you miss Hawaiian style poke, come here.
4255 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
I love this place. It’s owned by locals from Hawaii. In my opinion, you can only trust a local (Hawaii) to make Hawaiian style food. They have many different styles of poke. I always get the limu shoyu poke with a side order of boiled peanuts. This is not a restaurant. It’s more like a take out place. There are benches inside to eat. It’s a little tricky to find, so click here to find the place.
Hawaiian Style Poke:
3524 Wynn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103-1703
What are some of your places to visit during your vacation?