By H. Wadowski
Las Vegas may boast some of the world’s most striking indoor shopping centers, from The Forum Shops at Caesars to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian I The Palazzo, but the city is home to several picturesque outdoor retail destinations, too. Next time you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, head to one of these open-air retail centers. After all, there’s no better time to shop in the warm desert sunshine than late spring/early summer!
GRAND BAZAAR SHOPS LAS VEGAS
This 21st century bazaar located adjacent to Bally’s Las Vegas is the Strip’s newest outdoor shopping experience. Spanning more than two acres, shoppers will find an array of first-to-market retailers alongside such well-known merchants as Swarovski, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Swatch and Alex and Ani. Must-stop shops include LoLo Exotic Home Goods & Jewelry, which sells items sourced from around the world, and the global lifestyle brand Superdry. Be sure to visit the recently opened Island Time Floats for some of its famous Dole Whip soft serve, which guests can enjoy as is or infused with alcohol. grandbazaarshops.com
LAS VEGAS NORTH: PREMIUM OUTLETS
In May 2015, this downtown shopping destination unveiled a 150,000-square-foot expansion. Now housing 175 outlet stores and eateries, shoppers will find a mix of designer and name brands including Armani, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg and Furla. Other popular retailers include Lululemon Athletica, the Disney Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio and the West Coast’s first Michael Kors Shoes. In addition to saving from 25 to 65 percent daily, guests can join the free VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip in advance for access to exclusive online coupons at select retailers. premiumoutlets.com/vegasnorth
TOWN SQUARE LAS VEGAS
Located just south of Mandalay Bay, this lushly landscaped 93-acre shopping center is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Shoppers will find an eclectic mix of retailers in 24 buildings, detailing a collage of Old World and contemporary architectural styles, including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Apple, H&M, The Container Store, Old Navy and Guitar Center. There’s also a GameWorks, 18-screen AMC movie theater and children’s park on site. When it’s time to refuel, shoppers have several delectable eateries to choose from including familiar favorites like BRIO Tuscan Grille and Claim Jumper. Other mouthwatering options include recent restaurant additions Killer Shrimp, Loco Cantina and La Bella Napoli Pizzeria. mytownsquarelasvegas.com