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A Local's Guide to the Las Vegas Strip

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When it comes to excitement, the Strip has it nailed! Here are some of my favorite hot spots.
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3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Similar to the original L'Atelier in Paris and the other "workshop" in Tokyo, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the MGM Casino is a must-try spot for anyone who admires this Michelin-starred, Chef-of-the-Century-titled French master Joel Robuchon. You...
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3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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In the spirit of going big or going home, Hakkasan Las Vegas is a nightclub that basically outdoes all other when it comes to size and entertainment. To begin with, there is a two-story restaurant, which has a contemporary design and offers the...
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4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, USA
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An indulgent array of creative dishes and fantastic hand-crafted cocktails rules this menu, but I stop in for what can only be described as a girl's dream: hand-baked pretzel bites with cheese fondue. The restaurant has a prime location, with a...
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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Famous since its 1998 opening as the place with the dancing fountains (further immortalized in the final scene of the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven), the 3,933-room Italian-themed Bellagio is a Las Vegas icon. There is a fantasy feel about it,...
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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
The Colosseum was built for the great Celine Dion, and she still performs there -- when her son isn't in school. During the rest of the year, A-listers Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Elton John rotate, with other greats such as Jerry Seinfeld...
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3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
With a level of service that the huge hotels cannot come close to, the 392-room Mandarin Oriental is one of the rare, non-casino luxury hotels that provide an almost residence-like respite within steps of all that makes Las Vegas Las Vegas....
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2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
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For the thrill of your life, head to the top of the Stratosphere on the north end of the Strip. My favorite is the Big Shot -- I can't count how many times I've been. Take the elevator to the very tippy top, where you'll find yourself outside,...
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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Japanese brush calligraphy inspired the murals and botanical-motif carpets in the new 81-room hotel by the global restaurant franchise Nobu. The 24-hour, in-room menu includes crispy rice “bagels” topped with salmon sashimi. From $300. (800)...
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3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
There's something electrifying about catching a view of the Las Vegas Strip, lit up in all its neon glory, 46 stories above the city's streets. While there are plenty of vantage points along Las Vegas Boulevard, the scene caught from the viewing...
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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Dinner at Guy Savoy is such an event that it has its own valet entrance on the south side of Caesars Palace. Settle in for a long, special evening -- nothing about this magical night is to be rushed. Start off with some champagne and perfectly...
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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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I've eaten at Yellowtail more times than I can count. It is my absolute favorite food (and it's extremely close to Bellagio's north valet, so I can wear my very highest heels). Before you even look at a menu, order the tuna pizza—trust me. Then...
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3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158, USA
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The jamon serrano is just the beginning: Jose Andres's Spanish hot spot, Jaleo, is always a good time. The menu can be overwhelming to new people, but don't give up: start with pan con tomate and jamon, and the endive with goat cheese. By then...
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4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, USA
Hard Rock Hotel's pools might be famous for its hard-core Sunday party, Rehab, but there are acres of non-party pools for guests to enjoy, too. I love this view, taken from one of the top-story suites, where you can see the pool and the Strip. The...
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3327 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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I fell in love with SushiSamba while living in NYC and was excited when they opened another location at the Shoppes at the Palazzo. I love traditional sushi, but SushiSamba has fun with their menu, which features a variety of creative rolls; their...