LAS VEGAS

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This faux-French shopping district is charming, with its cobblestone streets, winding alleyways and quaint shops. The boutiques, featuring facades of Parisian districts, rarely stray from the Gallic-chic theme. Among the highlights: Le Cave (French wines and cheeses), Les Eléments (collectibles and gift items, including Limoges boxes), La Vogue (jewelry and accessories like Hermès scarves) and Lenôtre (croissants and outrageously tasty pastries, none likely to make it beyond the hotel exit).

MANDALAY PLACE
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 702-632-7777
mandalaybay.com/thingstodo/mpshopping.aspx

You'll be hard-pressed to walk the 100,000-square-foot sky bridge between Mandalay Bay and Luxor without stopping at one—or even 10—of the 40-odd retailers, ranging from Urban Outfitters to Frederick's of Hollywood. In between are stores like the Art of Shaving, a "barber spa" that also carries women's hair-removal products; the country’s first Nike Golf Store and Lush Puppy, where Juicy, Donald J Pliner and other haute-canine couturiers can assuage your guilt over leaving Fido behind

THE SHOPPES AT THE PALAZZO
The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 702-607-7777
palazzolasvegas.com

The latest retail extravaganza to hit the Strip goes to several places Nevada hasn't gone before: to boutiques by Michael Kors, Christian Louboutin, Catherine Malandrino, Jimmy Choo, Montblanc, Ferragamo and Diane von Furstenberg—and to a huge Barneys New York. Joining them soon will be Fendi, among others, for an eventual total of more than 60 shops (uh, shoppes). Although the Palazzo has largely left the Italian theming to its sister property, the Venetian—there's not a gondola in sight here—its nods toward things Italian will include the debut of the Strip's first Lamborghini dealership.

THREE LAS VEGAS ORIGINALS>

When you're tired of all the hoo-hah, get back to Las Vegas' tacky roots at Bonanza Gifts (2440 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-385-7359; worldslargestgiftshop.com), the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Gift Shop." This is the place to find squirting slot machines, fuzzy car dice, snow globes with a Strip backdrop, Rat Pack T-shirts, Elvis clocks, neon signs and much, much more. Up for a bit of role playing? Serge's Showgirl Wigs (953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite A2; 702-732-1015) takes care of the hair part of the equation, while Strings Dancewear (4970 S. Arville St.; 702-873-7820) gets you the rest of the skimpy, slithery outfit.

VIA BELLAGIO
The Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 702-693-7111
bellagio.com

Yes, you've got your Tiffany, Chanel, Prada, Hermès, Armani and other ultraluxe stores that you'd expect from the Bellagio. And à la its New York City location, the Fred Leighton store at Via Bellagio often lends its expensive baubles to visiting performers, so the jewels will be ogled and commented upon in the media. But this upscale retail row generally takes itself way too seriously, and many of the same shops can be found in venues that are far more fun. That said, if you're feeling overstimulated and don't like to be distracted by a lot of folderol when you're dropping the big bucks, this makes a fine refuge.

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