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Top Five Spots in Las Vegas for People-Watching & More

The top spot on our Las Vegas list goes to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Grab a table here for primo people-watching plus a great view of the fountain show at The Bellagio.

Without further ado, here are my top five best spots for championship people-watching in Las Vegas.  Rather than counting backwards like we did with yesterday’s five great spots, today we start with number one – my absolute favorite spot for checking out the Las Vegas crowds.

1.  Mon Ami Gabi restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.  Not only does this center-Strip café and its year-round patio offer terrific food – it’s voted #4 out of 1600+ restaurants on Trip Advisor’s Las Vegas forum – it also provides diners with a birds-eye roost for viewing both Strip traffic and The Bellagio’s famous fountain show.   An excellent list of wines-by-the-glass, a sublime chicken liver mousse pate and loaves of warm, crusty French bread complete the experience. 

2.  Trader Vic’s at Planet Hollywood.  Another great Strip-side patio perch – this one offers live music at night as well as a prime spot for watching the steady stream of shoppers entering the Miracle Mile Shops as well as those hoofing it down Las Vegas Boulevard.    A seriously strong Mai-Tai – a Vic’s specialty – makes the night fly by (almost before you know it.)

3.  Parasol Up/Parasol Down at Wynn Las Vegas.  They’re two, two…two bars in one!  Well, not really since one really is up (stairs) and the other is down (the escalator) but both offer prime people-watching complemented by absolutely stunning décor.  “Down” offers a great view of Wynn’s Lake of Dreams — don’t miss the singing frog — and lots of May/December couples sipping expensive wines. 

4.  Double Helix Bar at the Palazzo Shoppes.  This place is way, way cool.  Located in the center of and completely open to one of the boutique shopping areas of The Palazzo, this hip bar offers 50+ wines by the glass and the opportunity to do some serious beautiful-people-viewing.  (Last time we were there, we spotted Angie Harmon checking out the goods at the nearby Jimmy Choo.)

5.  La Creperie at Paris Las Vegas.  Okay, to begin with I’m a sucker for dessert, then, when you throw in all the foot traffic traveling the wickedly-slick cobblestone “streets” of Paris, I am so there.  Sitting at a tiny marble table, enjoying a warm, freshly-made chocolate and banana crepe, and just watching the world – or that part of the world that is cool, crazy Vegas – go by.

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  1. Las Vegas Says:

    I love this post. People-watching is one of all time best free things to do along the Strip. I have to agree that Double Helix Bar is awesome. Nice work.

  2. C.C. Royal Says:

    Thanks. Glad you liked my choices. No place like Vegas to sit and watch the world go by — and a great glass of wine makes it that much better.


  3. LondonToVegas Says:

    Great post – I would have to add Fix @ Bellagio to the list, get one of the small casino side tables and great place to relax with great food.

  4. C.C. Royal Says:

    I’ve walked by there a bunch of times but never stopped in — now I will! Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. scott Says:

    Awesome tips, here’s another one, it’s not on the strip, but downtown on Fremont there’s a starbucks (at the Golden Nugget) with a outdoor patio under the canopy that’s pretty good for people watching, as well as, the free show on the canopy

  6. C.C. Royal Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Scott. I don’t make it down to Fremont Street as often as I should because I always have a great time when I do go. I’ll be sure to check out that Starbucks — & the people — next time.

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