**Updated May 18, 2016. Some of the notables who have recently left the Forum Shops include See’s Candies, Michael Kors, Sky Art Gallery, Swatch, Tadashi Shoji, and Shooz at The Forum. New additions in 2016 include Sandro Paris (“trendy casual” handbags, accessories and shoes), Sunglass Hut, Sam Edelman (womens’ shoes), Vince (Men’s and women’s fashion and accessories), and the big one for my wife, Kate Spade.
In years past, a casino executive who suggested their Las Vegas resort develop a large section of potential gaming space into a shopping mall would have gotten either a drug test or a pink slip.
Yet with the opening of the Forum Shops in 1992, Caesars Palace’s then-unique concept of adding a world-class shopping mall that competes for tourist dollars just steps away from the noisy slots and pit games has turned into a remarkable success, while revolutionizing the hotel/casino industry forever.
Whether it’s because the incredible shopping mall is a draw for gamblers, or if it’s simply another revenue source for the casino, the still-somewhat novel idea of encouraging patrons to walk away from their casino into a retail environment has been proven to work for Caesars Palace. On a personal level, I’ve proven the concept works, as whatever money I win at Caesars is always offset by my wife’s forays to the Forum Shops.
The Forum has over 600,000 of retail space, including 160 shops and 12 restaurants. In terms of revenue per square foot, it is the most profitable shopping area in the United States. It’s run by the Simon Property Group, which calls itself the largest real estate company in the world. By my count, they own 344 malls in the United States, including the Forum Shops.
(Here’s a walking tour showing you most of the stores at the Forum Shops)
Here you can break out the Visa and shop purchase authentic wares from famous designers like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, (compared to just off the strip, where you can find “Louie Vuitton.”). Other notable retailers include Versace, an Apple store, and Tiffany.
Yet it’s not all high-end “Oh my gosh Harold check out this price-tag!” types of stores. Those with less expensive budgets can find your Nike stores, Gaps, Banana Republic, and those types of shops too.
Those of you not into shopping can pleasantly kill time (or in my case, wait forever for my wife) by just grabbing a seat and watching all the fellow tourists stroll by. That in and of itself is a show. It’s also fun, (and it never seems to get old), to just check out the architecture and the sights of the Forum Shops, like the spiral escalators for example.
In 2004, during their third expansion, which extended the Form Shops out to the Las Vegas strip sidewalk, and which added 175,000 square feet of space, the shopping center became home to only the second spiral escalator in the United States. The escalators appear to be free-standing, and it’s an experience to have them whisk you up to the multi-level shopping enclave in style. Or maybe I’m just impressed easily.
(Go here for more information on shows and entertainment at Caesars Palace.)
The Forum also has these incredible sky ceilings are an attraction in their own right. So those tourists you see stopped in the middle of everyone’s way staring up at the sky are doing it for a reason. This ceiling art shows a sky that gradually changes from day to night and back to day – all within around an hour or so.
There’s also a variety of fountains, statues, and a very large aquarium (50,000 gallons), featuring a variety of over 300 exotic fish. As opposed to the poker room, which only has around 100 fish. (For those of you unaware, “fish” is a derogatory name for a bad poker player). Every day of the week, at 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., you can watch the creatures get fed. Divers feed the fish both fish food and small pieces of the corpses of gamblers who did not pay back their gambling debts to Caesars Palace. You can even take a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium. This free tour runs Monday through Friday, starting at 3:15 p.m.
Then there’s the visually-pleasing “Fall of Atlantis” animatronics show. This ten minute show features fire, flames, fog and talking statues. I’m not giving it justice, since it’s a pretty cool way to kill time at the Forum Shops and something you don’t see at the mall back home. It runs every hour on the hour near the Cheesecake Factory restaurant. The first showing of the day is at 11 a.m.
Caesars Palace Forum Shops Hours
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to Midnight.
Phone number: (702) 893- 4800
Full List of Stores at Caesars Palace Forum Shops
For those of you interested, and even for those of you who aren’t interested, here is a Caesars Palace Forum Shops List (not counting restaurants). These are in alphabetical order and the list is current as of May 2016:
7 For All Mankind – Abercrombie & Fitch – Agent Provocateur – Alexis Bittar – All Saints – Angl – Anne Fontaine – Antiquities – Apple Computer – AX (Armani Exchange) – Baccarat – Balenciaga – Banana Republic – Bath & Body Works – BCBG Maxazria – Bebe – Blancpain – Hugo Boss – Breitling – Brighton – Brooks Brothers – Burberry – Caesars – Canali – Cartier – Casa Fuente – Carolina Herrera – Chanel Fragrance, Beauty and Sunglasses – Charlotte Olympia – Chloe – Christian Louboutin – Chrome Hearts – Coach – Creed – Custo Barcelona – Davante – Davante Sun – David Yurman – DKNY – Diane Von Furstenberg – Diesel – Dior Beauty – Donald J Pliner – Elie Tahari – Emporio Armani – Ermenegildo Zegna – Exclusive Collections Gallery – Fendi – Field of Dreams – Forum Gifts & Sundries – Fossil – Gallery of Music & Art – Gap – Gap Kids – Giorgio Armani – Giuseppe Zanotti – Gucci – Guess – Guess By Marciano – H & M – Hearts on Fire – Henri Bendel – Hublot – Inglot Cosmetics – Jaeger-Lecotltre – James Perse – Jimmy Choo – John Varvatos – Kate Spade – Kemo Sabe – Kids Kastle – Kiehl’s – Kush Fine Art Gallery – La Perla – Lacoste – Leica Camera – L.K. Bennett – Longchamp – Loro Piana – Louis Vuitton – Lush – M Missoni – MAC Cosmetics – Magnet Maximus – Marc Jacobs – Martin Lawrence Galleries – MCM – Memphisto – Moncler – Mont Blanc – Mulberry – Nars Cosmetics – Nike – Oro Gold – Pal Zileri – Pandora – Panerai – Paul and Shark – Peter Lik – Polo Ralph Lauren – Redvalentino – Rolex – Roman Times – Salvatore Ferragamo – Sam Edelman – Sandro – Scoop NYC – – Sephora – Sergio Rossi – Skechers – Sky Art Gallery – Stuart Weitzman – Sunglass Hut – Swarovski – Ted Baker – The Art of Shaving – The Walking Company – Thomas Pink – Tickets & Tours – Tiffany & Company – Tod’s – Tommy Bahama – Tory Burch – Tourneau – True Religion – Tumi – UGG – Valentino – Van Cleef & Arpels – Versace – Victoria’s Secret – Vilebrequin – Vince – Welcome to Las Vegas – Zadig & Voltaire.
As always, shops rotate, with new ones opening up just as others are closing, so this list is subject to change. But for now, here in May 2016, this list should be accurate.
The restaurant/bar lineup includes a Border Grill, the ubiquitous Cheesecake Factory * Carmine’s NYC’s Legendary Family Style Italian Restaurant * Cia Ciao Cafe * Fat Tuesday * Il Mulino New York * Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab * La Salsa Cantina * Planet Hollywood * Spago (great for people watching) * Sushi Roku * The Palm Las Vegas * Trevi Italian Restaurant.