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Downtown Las Vegas: The Overlooked, Oh-So-Cool Cousin of The Strip.

When one thinks of Las Vegas, one generally thinks of the Strip. All those pristine, towering themed casinos with fake pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, and all other manner of grand displays. The strip can be a whole lot of fun whether you’re a gambler or not (I should know…I’m not and I’ve found plenty to do on the Strip). That being said, Downtown Las Vegas is the often overlooked, older cousin of the strip. It’s really a shame it’s overlooked so much, because it’s a seriously cool place to be.

Yes, there are casinos and debauchery happening downtown just like on the Strip. Yes, those casinos are often filled with smoke and although the buy-ins are generally less than on the strip, the casinos themselves really just aren’t as grand as the Strip.

But downtown Vegas is about so much more than casinos and drinking.

Are you a fan of street art? Some of the coolest street art I’ve seen….anywhere in the world….is right there in Downtown Vegas.

Do you like dining? While there are amazing restaurants all over Las Vegas, downtown has the hipster market cornered. No matter what you might think of hipsters, you have to admit their taste in food and coffee is top notch. Head downtown and you’ll be treated to all sorts of amazing bars, restaurants, and coffee shops that are way too cool for me…but I enjoy them anyway.

Check out places like Beauty Bar, Clique, Herbs & Rye, Gold Spike, Commonwealth, Velveteen Rabbit, Atomic Liquors, and DCR.

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Some interesting restaurants are Le Thai, Eat., and Park on Fremont.

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If you’re looking for breakfast or coffee in the morning, check out Makers & Finders Coffee, MTO Cafe, Protein House, Honey Salt, Samba Latte, Public Us and Baby Stacks Cafe.

There are cool attractions in this area like the Container Park, a mini-mall made out of shipping containers with rotating shops and restaurants inside and a big playground with a slide for both kids and adults in the middle.

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The Downtown area is also home to some seriously cool museums that pay homage to the Las Vegas of years past. Check out the Neon Museum (a personal favorite) or the Mob Museum to get a taste of some of the unique history of the area.

If you’re a fan of craft beers, you might want to check out the Banger Brewing Tour, where you can tour a microbrewery and get some craft beer samples.

So, next time you find yourself in Las Vegas, take a moment to peel yourself away from some fancy bar or nightclub on the Strip and head Downtown. You won’t regret it.

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  1. Oh, I totally agree!

    When we went to Las Vegas, I picked a non-smoking, non-gambling hotel because we were travelling with our then 9-year-old son, and we’re those type of people! We ended up with a hotel apartment that was just slightly off-strip, absolutely huge, and cost a mere $100 a night. We loved it, and they kept giving us free vouchers for cocktails that we never ended up using as we were just too busy, and far too tired at the end of the day!

    And no wonder, with all the family-friendly shows that we went to!

    Indeed, we did visit Las Vegas, Downtown ‘cos I happened upon a magazine that harped on about a restaurant that specialised in eggs! So we went, and had a brilliant time!

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