The collection of eclectic eateries on Spring Mountain Road, west of the Strip, is known generically as Chinatown. There was once a time when you would only find no-frills Asian restaurants in the densely populated strip malls that blanket both sides of the street: think a plethora of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines. But now, this is where the in-the-know go to check out local up-and-coming culinary talent dishing out fare from across the globe. Dubbed Las Vegas’ best-kept secret, the word is out that when dining off the Strip, this should be your first stop.
Over the last decade, Downtown Las Vegas, located north of the Strip, has transformed itself from “Old Vegas” into a buzzing cultural and culinary hub comprising sub-neighborhoods such as Fremont East and the Arts District. Stroll the hipster bars, restaurants, shops and murals in the blocks located east of the Fremont Street Experience, home to Downtown hotels such as The D and the Golden Nugget. The 18 blocks surrounding this area also host the Life is Beautiful music and art festival, which takes place in the fall. A few miles away, you can peruse the coffee shops, wine shops, breweries and antique stores of the Arts District’s Main Street.
It all starts here: the infamous Strip. Las Vegas Boulevard’s four-mile-long resort corridor begins at the south end with Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino and ends in the north with The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod. One of the most visited and most famous stretches in the world, the concrete skyline has changed dramatically over the years as the city’s architectural landscape has shifted from roadside motels to mega resorts. You can choose to walk or drive it, popping in and out of the hotel-casinos and their amenities that have come to define the destination. Indeed, there are few other neighborhoods that will allow you to visit the sights of New York, Paris, France, Venice and other domestic and exotic locales all within a few blocks of each other.