If you’re accustomed to dimly lit malls and half-empty food courts, head to Las Vegas and take a walk on the sunny side of the street – literally. The city does malls a little differently – so differently, in fact, that they hardly look like malls at all. Many shopping centers in Las Vegas are designed to look like downtown districts, complete with sunny restaurant patios where you can enjoy wine and cheese, lawns that host community events and, of course, plenty of stores to satisfy your every retail desire.
When the weather is sunny and you’re struck by the urge to shop, here’s where to go:
On the west side of Las Vegas near the cliffs of Red Rock Canyon, you’ll find Downtown Summerlin. This upscale, palm-studded shopping center is right near the Golden Knights practice facility and the new Las Vegas Ballpark, home to the Las Vegas Aviators. Nearly every popular retail store is represented here, from Apple to Sephora. Restaurants go way beyond food court offerings. Enjoy a Hamptons-inspired brunch at Andiron, wine and pasta at Grape Street or irresistible empanadas at Makers and Finders.
Town Square is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, and yes, it’s technically possible to walk there from the Strip, but let’s just say it would be a pretty long walk, so treat yourself to an Uber and enjoy numerous shops including Banana Republic, Gameworks, H&M and more. There’s also an AMC movie theater, and a number of restaurants. Due to Town Square’s proximity to the Strip, it tends to have a nightlife vibe after sundown. Visitors and locals alike love Blue Martini for happy hour and Stoney’s Rockin’ Country for line dancing.
The District at Green Valley Ranch
This charming shopping and dining area in Henderson sits beneath a canopy of lights that invite you to enjoy patio dining at Me Gusta Tacos and an array of shops including Francesca’s, Lululemon, Pottery Barn, REI and more. The District at Green Valley Ranch is frequently the site of events like free concerts, block parties and farmers markets.
North Premium Outlets
If you’re looking for a bargain after losing all of your money at the casino, you won’t have to go far to find it. Las Vegas is home to two popular outlet malls, including the North Premium Outlets right near Downtown. If you’re staying on Fremont Street, take advantage of the free Downtown Loop shuttle that will bring you there. These outlets will score you deals at shops like Adidas, Kate Spade, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, True Religion and more. When you’re hungry after shopping, grab a burger and frozen custard at Shake Shack.
Downtown Container Park
Constructed out of shipping containers, Downtown Container Park is one of the most creative outdoor shopping areas in Las Vegas. The focus here is on local and boutique shops. Browse bohemian-influenced attire at Third & Arrow or check out handmade jewelry at Athena’s Jewelry Box. Enjoy fancy hot dogs at Cheffini’s or grab a drink at award-winning whiskey bar Oak & Ivy. Don’t forget to slide down the slide at the center of the park before you leave.