Las Vegas Shopping

Desert Passage
at the Aladdin
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to midnight daily, although hours of restaurants, clubs and some stores may vary.

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Distance: Located at the Aladdin hotel-casino, where the Strip meets Harmon Avenue (between Flamingo and Tropicana).

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Travel options: Bus, cab, private vehicle.

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Valet parking: Yes, available through the parking garage.

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Restaurants and food inside the mall: Lombardi's, Josef's, Ibiza, Alacazam, Fat Anthony's, Caffe Ferraro, Beluga Bar, Prana, Blue Note Jazz Club, Anasazi, Bice, and Commander's Palace.

 

 

DESERT PASSAGE REVIEW:  The Desert Passage is the jewel in the crown of Las Vegas shopping. With more than 130 stores and 14 restaurants, the mall has something for everybody (and every price range).

Operated by TrizecHahn Development Corporation, Desert Passage is not merely a shopping center, but a retail "story" that follows the ancient Mediterranean spice routes. And the flavor of the Mediterranean is captured in the ambience of the open-air market, and in the rich turquoise, copper and pink tones coloring the mall itself. Acrobats, belly dancers and other street performers are around every corner, and henna artists who have set up shop under the entrance to the Morocco Gate await visitors.

 

The journey begins with the long-needed Z Gallerie, which has a wonderful selection of artwork and home furnishings at very reasonable prices. Be sure to get on their mailing list. (Park on the third floor of the parking structure and you'll hit it straight on when you enter the mall.) Another Vegas first, Sur La Table, is a high-fashion housewares shop with beautiful dishes, towels and bric-a-brac. At the adorable Build-A-Bear Workshop, children young and old can design their own teddy bears, selecting bear type, stuffing and accessories.

 

The shops are divided into four distinct sections. The first of these is the Lost City, where dome-shaped buildings converge into a public market complete with a fountain and 85-foot-high tower. Activity bustles in the market, where shopkeepers offer beautiful handmade pottery, dishes and other tableware, and a variety of spices and other food items.

 

A Moorish arch announces your entrance into Morocco Gate, the mall portion of Desert Passage. Here you'll find, for example, Gap, Bath & Body Works and Origins. The bright and wide store-lined avenue boasts the charming Build-A-Bear Workshop and the candle shop Illuminations, which is definitely worth a whiff.

 

The next junction presents many an option. Shoppers may turn down India Gate and exit to the Strip (where you'll pass the Fabulous Commander's Palace); travel a bit further to the right and make their way into the casino; go left toward the Theatre for the Performing Arts; or venture forward to Merchant's Harbor, where a 155-foot-long ship is docked. This is a wonderful place to meet your party should you get lost. Don't stand to close to the water, however, or you'll get caught in the "storm" that brews every half hour. Those who wish to take in some great music should stop at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Just take the first right at the boat, exit at the end of the hallway, turn right, and voila!

 

The shopping center is built in the pattern of an "A," which makes it easy to navigate -- just be sure to explore all avenues. On your way out, don't miss African Odyssey, which features authentic African statuettes, boxes, tableware and the like.

DESERT PASSAGE
DIRECTORY:

10. Le Paradis (jewelry)
15. Bernard K. Passman Galleries
20. Mont Blanc (specialty store)
25. Melwani's (designer fashions)
30. St. Croix Knits (designer fashions)
35. Mayor's Jewelers (jewelry)
40. Joan Vass (designer fashions)
45. Not open yet
50. Clinique (health & beauty)
75. Bath & Body Works (health & beauty)
80. Parallel (designer fashions)
85. Ron Lee's World of Clowns (art)
95. Desert Brats (children's apparel)
100. Italee II (health & beauty)
105. Footworks (footwear)
110. Hugo / Hugo Boss (designer fashions)
115. Build-A-Bear Workshop (toys)
120. Herve Leger (designer fashions)
125. Sunglass Hut (health & beauty)
130. Napoleon Fine Fashions

Desert Passage floor plan
135. Illuminations (for the home)
140. Sephora (health & beauty)
145. Toys International (toys)
150. Club Monaco (women's and men's apparel)
155. Candy Caravan (food)
165. World of Charms (jewelry)
170. BCBG Max Azria
175. C.J.'s Casino Emporium (specialty store)
180. Tolstoy's Elegant Pens and Watches
181. Lombardi's (restaurant)
183. Josef's (restaurant)
185. Ibiza (restaurant)
190. L'Idea (footwear)
195. McGrail's of Erin (specialty store)
205. Thomas Kinkade at Le Gallerie Luministe
215. Sur La Table (for the home)
220. Palazzo de Scarpi - Cesare Paciotti
230. Max Studio (women's and men's apparel)
235. Z Gallerie (for the home)
245. Wyland Galleries (art, collectibles)
250. Gioia the Art of Jewels (jewelry)
255. Museum Company (specialty store)
260. Aveda (health & beauty)
280. Origins (health & beauty)
290. Gap, GapKids, Baby Gap (Family apparel)
300. Eddie Bauer (women's and men's apparel)
305. Ann Taylor Loft
310. Joli - Joli (jewelry)
320. Victoria's Secret
330. Gallery of Legends (art, collectibles)
335. Honolulu Surf Co.
340. The Endangered Species Store
345. Bisou Bisou (designer fashions)
355. Steve Madden (footwear)
360. Alacazam (restaurant)
365. Rock Fish Catalog Co. (women's and men's apparel)
370. Fat Anthony's (restaurant)
375. Tommy Bahama (women's and men's apparel)
385. Vertigo (women's and men's apparel)
390. The Discovery Channel Store (specialty store)
395. Denim - Denim (women's and men's apparel)
400. Addi Galleries (art, collectibles)
405. North Beach Leather (women's and men's apparel)
410. Caffe Ferraro (restaurant)
415. Garys Studio (footwear)
425. Casablanca Clothiers (designer fashions)
430. Russeck Gallery (art, collectibles)
435. Godiva Chocolatier (food)
440. Tresor (art, collectibles)
442. Rondo (for the home)
445. Erwin Pearl (jewelry)
450. African Odyssey (for the home)
455. Betsey Johnson (designer fashions)
460. Ralph Marlin (women's and men's apparel)
465. Manrico Cashmere (designer fashions)
470. Match World (jewelry)
475. Rococo (footwear)
480. Cashman's Photo Magic (specialty store)
485. Ancient Creations (jewelry)
490. Magnet Max (specialty store)
495. Pat Areias Sterling (specialty store)
505. Teuscher Chocolates (food)
510. Fossil (specialty store)
520. Ben & Jerry's (food)
540. Speedo Authentic Fitness
550. Chico's (women's and men's apparel)
560. Beluga Bar (restaurant)
570. Prana (restaurant)
600. Blue Note Jazz Club (restaurant, nightclub)
610. Anasazi (restaurant)
620. Bice (restaurant)
630. Jhane Barnes (designer fashions)
640. Italee (health & beauty)
650. Clio Blue Paris (jewelry)
660. White House / Black Market
670. Bebe (women's and men's apparel)
684. Timbuktu (women's and men's apparel)
690. Cutter & Buck (women's and men's apparel)
730. Commander's Palace (restaurant)
750. Houdini's Magic Shop (specialty store)
760. Billy Martin's (women's and men's apparel)
770. Tumi Brighton (specialty store)
790. Crystal Oasis (for the home)
820. French Connection (women's and men's apparel)
830. Cache (women's and men's apparel)
840. Alegre (designer fashions)
850. Jeanne Lottie (women's and men's apparel)
860. Ventilo (women's and men's apparel)
870. Kabana (jewelry)

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