Desert Passage Aladdin, Las Vegas
If you are looking for Hawaiian items like Hawaiian t-shirts, Hawaiian jewelries (kuuipos), leis, puka shells, just go to Aladdin Hotel shops and you will find this specialty store. There is a huge Hawaiian t-shirt at the front of the store and it says" The biggest t-shirt in the world!"
What to buy: You can buy a lot of gifts in there from clothings to gift items. You can also buy slippers there when you are tired walking on the streets in Las Vegas. This is the place to go and shop when you are saving some money! The slippers are about $6!
What to pay: Expect to spend about $10 only.
The Aladdin Desert Passage at the previously Aladdin Casino (now Planet Hollywood casino) is a large indoor street lined with shops. The theme is/used to be a exotic market, but they might change this as the Casino has new owners. There were a lot of speciality shops that I've never seen before, so if you're tired of the same old you might enjoy this shopping mall. My favorites were definitely Sephora (the only Sephora outlet in Las Vegas), in addition to Urban Outfitters!
This was my favorite shopping mall in Vegas. It had just about all the shops I cared about, and I loved the whole Moroccan theme they had going. Unfortunately, I hear they're tearing this place down and building a new mall. I hope they keep the same stores.
There are lots of shops here, such as Gap, FCUK, Swarovski. Clinique......just to name a few....
What to buy: women's clothing, men's clothing, women's shoes, souveniers, jewelry, toys, magic tricks, beauty care products etc
Hilo Hattie will make you think Hawai'i. The store is full of clothes, gifts and fine jewelry with a Hawaiian theme. The jeweltry kiosk is run by the premier Island jeweler, Maui Divers. They opened their first store on Kauai in 1963.
Outside is what is reputed to be the largest Hawaiian shirt in the world. It is "sized" 400 XL !!!
Desert Passage – the shopping arcade at the Aladdin – is modelled on an Arabian Market theme with areas including India Gate, Morocco Gate and Merchants Harbour (where, every so often, a ‘thunderstorm’ complete with lightning and rain stops proceedings!)
The variety of shops include fashion, footwear, home, jewellery and some speciality stores such as Tahiti Village, Houdini’s Magic Shop (I had to drag my husband out of there!) and Christmas Corner, a strange shop to browse in on a sweltering hot May day but we did!
If you get lost or aren’t sure what you are looking for then members of staff, on very nifty looking two-wheel scooters things, will be able to advise you.
What to buy: Loads!
Another shopper's heaven, with hundreds of stores and several high quality restaurants. You can spend many many hours in here. You can buy everything from clothing to electronics. Fun place to relax and browse stores.
What to pay: Mostly retail stores, so things are not cheap.
I found the Desert Passage to be probably my favorite mall on the strip. It has hourly free entertainment, and is interesting to look at, as it is modeled after a middle-eastern street with the appropriate architecture. There is also a rainstorm in the central area. The ceiling is painted like the sky, and the sky changes in color during certain points of the day, like you were actually outside.
Even during busy times, it never gets congested like the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace. Also, stores are open until midnight on Saturday night, wheeeee!
What to buy: Everything from giftwear to clothing and beauty products.
What to pay: It has a good mix of high-end such as Herve Leger and Hugo Boss as well as regular-folk stores, such as Gap and Eddie Bauer, plus Body Shop.
These shops are a little more reasonable, and include places such as the makeup chain Sephora, Ann Taylor Loft and BeBe. Its probably geared more toward women than men, but what mall isnt? Desert Passage also has 2 all you can eat buffets. The decor is fabulous. There is an indoor thunderstorm which takes places every so often which is interesting to watch.
What to buy: Even if you don't have $$ to spend, you can stop by Sephora and try on all the makeup.
What to pay: Less than the Forum, Via Bellagio or the Grand Canal Shops. The Desert Passage doesn't have the high end Prada and Gucci shops, so the prices are a bit more reasonable.
Desert Passage really gives the Forum Shops a run for their money. The space is bigger and less full of tourists, so if you're wary of crowds, this may be the better shopping hoice for you. They have a broad range of shops, though not as upscale as Caesar's, there's still a broad variety of fashions, souvenirs, gifts, and knick knacks.
The stalls especially have a great deal of Indian/Northern African type items, and there's places to get mendhi (henna tattoos) done if you want some Arabian flair. My husband was stationed in Morocco for awhile in 2002 and says the smell in the Desert Passage is quite authentic :)
Themed after an ancient Arab Bazaar from 1001 Arabian Nights, the Desert Passage Mall at Aladdin features over a dozen restaurants including La Salsa Cantina Mexican Resturant, Todai Sushi Bar and Cheeseburger at the Oasis burger joint.
Over 130 shops grace this shoppers paradise, with every imaginable ware available from clothing, to collectables! A full listing of all shops and a mall map are available on their website.
The architecture in the Passage is beautiful, and features fountains and an indoor oasis pond! Well worth the trip, and a great photo opportunity. Very authentically replicated.
What to buy: Anything you could possibly imagine, there are over 130 shops!
What to pay: Charge it! You could spend your entire year's salary here if you wanted to!
If you visit the website, there are printable percentages off coupons available for the shops and the restaurants!
Of the shopping venues in Las Vegas that I have visited I prefer Desert Passage at Aladdin. It has a nice atmosphere and the shops are less ridiculously upscale than other casino malls. The "conceit" that you are in North Africa works nicely -- although the "thunderstorm" that occurs hourly isn't worth the wait.
What to buy: Well there are always souvenirs...
DP has a branch of Sur La Table that I always enjoy visiting.
Located in the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, the Desert Passage shops feature many unique shops as well as upscale shops found in local malls. While walking through the shops, the Desert Passage has created a show of a desert rainstorm which is very cool to see.
Lots of name brand stores here but little upscale shopping. You'll find the GAP, Bath and Body Works, Ann Taylor, Victorias Secret. There is a rainstorm once an hour but it's fairly umimpressive.