Just a hop, skip and a jump from the MGM Grand, the Showcase Mall entertainment and retail complex combines great shopping and good eating.
The multilevel mall is very family-friendly, and its proximity to MGM, Monte Carlo, New York-New York and their south-Strip neighbors makes it a tourist's dream.
The main attraction here is the delicious M&M's World, which offers plenty of chocolate-themed fun. Various props throughout the store feature Red, Yellow, Blue and their counterparts hawking T-shirts, ties, calculators, magnets ... you name it. The "I Lost My M in Las Vegas," a 3-D featurette, plays on the third floor with free admission. And don't forget the chocolate -- you'll find a rainbow of colors at the first floor's Colorworks. And thanks to computer technology, you can even personalize M&M's with your name on them.
There is also a three-story Hard Rock Cafe, complete with its signature neon guitar facade. The Hard Rock Cafe holds a restaurant, bar, retail store and even a concert venue. Rock on!
The World of Coca-Cola is devoted to the joy of cola. With signs and slogans, a history of the soft drink and colorful murals adorning the walls, the World of Coca-Cola carries thousands of items, including souvenir bottles, polar bear stuffed animals, home accessories and clothing. Plus the 100-foot-tall Coca-Cola sign makes for great pictures.
The other major retailer in the mall is Adidas, which offers its first Performance Center in the United States. The 19,719-square-foot, two-story store features tons of apparel, footwear and accessories for every sport imaginable for both men and women. The Adidas store is minimalist in design -- all the walls and furniture are black or white, and the in-store signage is through text tickers, video and interactive screens.
And who doesn't love to save? Frugal shoppers will delight in the mall's Ross Dress for Less. Whether you're looking for an outfit for a night out in town or something cozy the morning after, Ross has everything you need without breaking the bank.
Also located in the mall are the Grand Canyon Experience, which offers a wide assortment of gift items and sundries, a Houdini Magic Shop and the United Artists Cinema, the only first-run movie theater on the Strip.
If driving, you'll want to park in the mall's parking structure for $3. The easiest access is on the fifth floor, where the pedestrian bridge crosses into the mall.
-- Staff Report