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Las Vegas is one of the shopping capitals of the world. There are more than 20 mega malls, each uniquely themed and offering prices that retailers in other cities struggle to compete with.

Town Square Las Vegas's stores are mostly outside so you can enjoy a pedestrian friendly village atmosphere while exploring a comprehensive range of stores. Town Square also offers an eclectic range of restaurants, a newly built day-spa, and a wonderful interactive children's park.

Caesars Palace is home to the hugely popular Forum Shops, with more than 700,000 square feet (220,000 sq/m) of retail space. The Fashion Show Mall at 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard is worth a visit for its incredible bargains. The recently revamped Boulevard Mall, offering more than 170 stores, is also a good option.

If you like your mall shopping with a healthy dose of kitsch then don't miss The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. This indoor shopping area is built as an authentic reproduction of Venice's Grand Canal complete with gondolas and a replica of Piazza San Marco as the extravagant centrepiece.

The Strip is known for designer boutiques and haute couture, and all the big names are represented here. Away from The Strip and the opulent malls you can find more individual stores selling Las Vegas collectibles such as old gambling chips, esoteric books, and kooky clothing.

Two markets that are really worth visiting are Broadacres Swap Meet and the Fantastic Indoor Swapmeet. Sales tax is built into the price of goods. Because states set their own sales tax, the US government has no system for refunding you as a non-US visitor.

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