By H. Wadowski
With its cobblestone walkways and illuminated painted ceilings centered along a quarter-mile-long Grand Canal replica, Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian I The Palazzo is the very definition of a must-see retail destination.
This striking Las Vegas retail center welcomes more than 20 million people each year, making it one of the most successful shopping centers in the world. Home to more than 160 signature stores, including an 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes offers shoppers that perfect mix of luxury and iconic brands. Guests will find everything, from boutiques by Christian Louboutin and Salvatore Ferragamo to Victoria’s Secret and Sephora stores, all under one roof. For sports fans, there’s even a Field of Dreams where shoppers can meet some of their favorite athletes at in-store autograph signings. Upcoming appearances include Emmitt Smith and Mike Tyson.
The 875,000-square-foot venue is also home to two of the Strip’s most popular attractions. Guests can glide down the replica Grand Canal indoors or enjoy an open-air ride Strip-side while being serenaded by a singing gondolier aboard an authentic Venetian gondola. They can also get up close to some of their favorite celebrities, such as Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and Bruce Willis, at Madame Tussauds wax museum. Visitors can enjoy some free entertainment while they shop courtesy of the Streetmosphere performers, who perform throughout the retail center as well as in St. Mark’s Square. From classically trained singers to living statues, shoppers never know whom they might see!
Grand Canal Shoppes has more than a dozen savory restaurants visitors can choose from, many led by award-winning chefs. From Table 10 and Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse to Carlo’s Bakery and Buddy V’s Ristorante by “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, none of the eateries disappoint. There’s even a mouthwatering food court boasting such familiar favorites as Panda Express, Johnny Rockets, Chipotle and Subway. For something that’s a bit more unique, try the quick-service eatery Lobster ME. Just steps away from the food court, this casual restaurant offers an array of delicious lobster-based dishes, including its famous lobster tail on a stick, The Lobsicle, available either grilled or batter fried.
Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian I The Palazzo is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. For more information, visit grandcanalshoppes.com.