My (cheaper) Las Vegas 2017

Imagine climbing the Eiffel Tower, strolling through a Venetian gondola and crossing New York on a roller coaster, all on the same day? There is one place where all is possible: Las Vegas, baby.

If you believe in love after love with Cher or Celine Dion or wants to hear Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears (baby) one more time, you are in luck: these legends are residents and are still in the city of sins in 2018. If you ever dreamed of seeing Elvis, the Beatles or Michael Jackson, this can be partially fulfilled watching Cirque du Soleil tribute shows.

Las Vegas represents the pinnacle of American extravagance. Limos are common sight off the resorts; celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ransay run the restaurant scene; all while expensive champagnes are spilled into nightclubs like it was tap water.

But I have some suggestions that won’t break your bank – including a few things that I found fresh last time I was there, in November 2017:

THE LINQ PROMENADE & The High Roller

The street is between the Flamingo and The Linq, and offers shops and quick-bite restaurants, such as Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips, and Off The Strip, a local’s favorite. And that’s where the High Roller, the world biggest ferris wheel, is located. Buy your tickets online in advance for a better price, and plan to go for the sunset hour.

THE PARK

Relatively new to Las Vegas, it’s located between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, and offers live music for free most afternoons. The Beer Hauss Brewery — with dozens of beers and tons of free adults games like big block jenga and corn hole — is my new favorite place to be there.

 

FREEMONT STREET

Also known as Old Las Vegas, it was there that it all began. The street is closed with neon lights ceiling – being surrounded by neon is somewhat what we look for in Vegas, isn’t it?

Or simply go total nuts and zipline across the street.

Plus they have free music on three stages, so you can always buy a beer or a chiller at a convenience store and enjoy a somewhat cheap night. Although it’s probably better to make a night out of it and also do dinner in the area.

One cool restaurant option is Carson Kitchen – get there as soon as you arrive in the area to leave your name on the waiting list, and wait for your table while you walk around Freemont.

If Carson is too busy, plan B is Therapy for interesting options such as the Chicken & Waffle Sliders.

 

LAS VEGAS NORTH PREMIUM OUTLET

I love a good outlet mall. The tax rate in Las Vegas is only 8.1%, so the discounts really are worth it. I feel that the variety of shops is also better than many in Canada — like All Saints and UGG outlets.

and a COUPLE STRIP RESTAURANTS THAT I TRULY RECOMMEND

LAGO

At the Bellagio, overlooking the dancing waters. They offer tasting menu at lunch at a reasonable price, including delicious dessert for a sweet ending.

HEXX

Located right on the strip, at Paris Resort. The menu is extensive, and the dishes are very well served. Plus I loved the fact that, when we went, the food took forever to arrive, so the manager promptly apologized and did not charge us the main courses. Super popular at breakfast, and the carrot cake pancake is amazing.