I love New York City, but I am happiest in Las Vegas. If I didn’t live here, I would probably live in NYC, but let’s face it: New York is rough. And Las Vegas offers a pampered lifestyle that better complements my prissiness. Because of that, when it comes to New York vs. Las Vegas shopping, I much prefer the experience in Vegas. Here are the reasons why:
- Las Vegas has the same access to luxury and fashion that you find in New York. While the latter town is certainly known more for shopping than Las Vegas is, the facts remain that we have five Dior boutiques, four Tiffany & Co. locations, and three Gucci stores all within a mile of each other. The total list of luxury boutiques is, of course, far more extensive. We have the second largest H&M in the country (NYC has the largest, fine). And just about any and every fashion brand you can think of exists in Las Vegas, too, including Roberto Cavalli, ALLSAINTS, Christian Louboutin, and many, many more.
- Las Vegas has the same diversity of shoppers that you find in New York. This is important for two reasons. One, our store associates speak all kinds of languages, so Las Vegas stores can cater to foreign tourists. Also, I love to check out the fashion from our Japanese, UK, and Mexican visitors. The diverse fashion looks I see when shopping on the Las Vegas Strip often inspire me.
- Las Vegas’ indoor shopping beats New York’s outdoor shopping any day of the year. I mean, hello, it SNOWS in New York. Have you ever shopped in the snow? I have. It’s miserable. And in New York, the snow on the ground turns into a gray slush that can ruin your cute outfit. That never happens when you’re shopping in Las Vegas! While, yes, summers in Sin City feel like hell, our shopping remains indoors in a controlled environment. Go ahead. Wear your cutest outfits and shoes when you’re shopping the Vegas scene. You can get away with it. Try not breaking a heel in the broken concrete and grates that decorate the New York City sidewalks.
- Las Vegas shopping is more convenient than New York. It’s true that our resort properties have begun charging for parking, but the fees are still less than parking garages in New York. Also, all of our shops are right next to each other. So you can enjoy a spree at Ted Baker at The Forum Shops and then walk three stores down to the Coach boutique. You don’t have to trek blocks and blocks to get your shopping fix like you do in New York.
- Sales tax in Las Vegas is lower than it is in New York City. While it’s not a huge difference, it exists. Therefore, your dollar goes farther in Las Vegas. It’s simple economics. Paying less sales tax means saving money, both of which are big bonuses for Americans.
Obviously, my opinion is a biased one. But if you have never considered Las Vegas a shopping destination before, I hope I have convinced you to do so now. And if you ever need recommendations, come back and visit this blog or tweet me @lollieshopping.