Las Vegas has become a shopping Mecca

Las Vegas has become a shopping Mecca, with high end malls in many of the resorts as well as some standalone malls and outlets. If you are a shopaholic (don’t worry, I’m not judging), you have plenty of options to feed your jones here. Here is just a small sampling of the shopping pleasure that awaits you in Las Vegas.

Of the larger shopping venues on the Strip, you’ve got the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, Caesar’s Forum Shops, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, the Fashion Show Mall, the Hawaiian Marketplace (modeled after the International Marketplace in Honolulu and located south of Planet Hollywood), and the Showcase Mall (featuring a Marshalls, the Coca Cola and M&M stores, and a great gift shop, among others).

Showcase Mall

The Showcase Mall

South of the airport, you can find 150 outlet stores in the Las Vegas Premium Outlets, as well as a super-cute 1.5 million-square-foot shopping center called Town Square. Further afield in Henderson is The District at Green Valley Ranch.

If you’re looking for inexpensive souvenirs or sundries, you should absolutely check out the ABC Stores (they have shops in the Miracle Mile Shops, the Fashion Show Mall, on Fremont Street, and three other locations in Las Vegas).  This is where I always buy my stash of water and snacks for my trip.

ABC Store

ABC Store

I also enjoy poking around the little stores on Fremont Street.  There are a couple of western-themed stores that offer some nice souvenirs at reasonable prices. If you’re interested in books and paraphernalia about gambling, try The Gambler’s Book Shop (5473 S. Eastern Ave., between Tropicana & Russell).  But, of course, the Mother of all gift shops in Las Vegas is the Bonanza (aka The World’s Largest Gift Shop), located at the intersection of Sahara and the Strip.

Bonanza Gift Shop

The Bonanza Gift Shop

Have you ever been to a swap meet?  Vegas has a big one called the Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet located off the Strip at South Decatur Boulevard and West Oakey.  (Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.)

If you want to discover the “secret” shopping areas, be sure to chat up a local once you get to Vegas and find out where they like to go.  Shopping is a terrific activity for solo travelers.  The only thing you have to worry about is:  Who’s going to carry all your bags?