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South of The Strip

6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89119

702-269-5001

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Mon-Thu 10am-9:30pm

Fri-Sat 10am-10pm

Sun 11am-8pm

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B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A big outdoor mall that is designed to look like a small town, complete with parks, streets, sidewalks, and more.

Where is it?

A couple of miles south of Mandalay Bay.

What do they sell?

A little bit of everything. Some of the retailers include H&M, Borders, Abercrombie & Fitch, Crabtree & Evelyn, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Ann Taylor, Mac Cosmetics, Sephora, and Tommy Bahama.

What are the prices like?

Not bad - it's about on par for what you'd expect to pay at retailers like these.

What should I be sure to check out?

There are several restaurants and movie theaters at the complex.

Why should I shop here?

Because the design of the place is kind of fun and it's not too hot outside that it will make it unpleasant to stroll around the "town."

What else do I need to know?

There is a free shuttle that runs daily from various locations on The Strip.

What's the bottom line?

With the Las Vegas Premium Outlets South right across the street, this becomes a great shopping neighborhood.

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FULL REVIEW

The most original (in a retro kind of way) shopping experience in Las Vegas is called Town Square and it really is worth your time, whether you're a shopaholic or not.

Located about a mile south of Mandalay Bay near the Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, Town Square has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. In fact it was recently chosen by the Las Vegas Review Journal editors as the Best Mall in Las Vegas.

The thing that really sets Town Square apart from other malls in town is its design. Done like small-town America, there are roads with street side parking and wide sidewalks that crisscross the massive development. Stores are located in buildings designed to evoke Main Street USA, but not in a Disneyland kind of way. Instead, it has a sun-splashed California kind of ethos - you'd imagine this is what Santa Barbara wishes it could look like.

At the center of the complex is, appropriately enough, a big town square - a park with a pavilion, a picnic area, live entertainment, and a children's playground complete with a tree house, a hedge maze, and a theater. Lush landscaping and park benches are scattered throughout the entire facility, and overhead is a real live actual sky instead of the fake ones inside the other themed malls in town. Granted, that means that during the insanely hot summer, shopping in the great outdoors might not be the most enjoyable thing in the world, but they have lots of shade, misters, and covered walkways that could make it a little less heatstroke inducing.

At the core of it all are a series of stores, restaurants, and entertainment that may not break the mall mold but are, at least, dependable. Stores include name brands like H&M, Borders, Abercrombie & Fitch, Crabtree & Evelyn, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Ann Taylor, Mac Cosmetics, Sephora, and Tommy Bahama among others. And of course because it's a mall and apparently it's a law, there is a Gap and a Victoria's Secret.

Restaurants include California Pizza Kitchen, Claim Jumper, and Yard House along with some interesting originals (see related reviews below). There's even a Whole Foods Market if the rich Vegas food is getting to you.

The major entertainment facility is an 18-screen movie theater complex complete with stadium seating, digital projection, and digital sound and there is also a GameWorks entertainment center with games, bowling, and more.

The only downsides here are the aforementioned potential for heatstroke and the parking/traffic situation. Getting in and out of the place can be a challenge and once you're there the free parking lots that surround the complex require a bit of a hike to get where you're going, especially if you have a specific destination in the middle of the place. You can try to find one of the interior street parking spots but they are precious and require you to feed meters.

Since it's close to the Strip, the bus or a taxi are fine options for transportation if you don't have your own car at your disposal. They also offer a free shuttle that runs daily from various locations on The Strip. See the website for details.

This strikes me as a great place to get away from the Vegas hustle and bustle - stroll the tree lined streets, listen to a band in the park, and get some shopping under your belt all at the same time.

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