Where To Stay, Where To Play, Where To Eat in Las Vegas

Where To Eat Guide does Las Vegas! Sin City is the land of mega-resorts and convention center space. The desert city provides fun for friends, family, and anyone else. This will cover where to eat, where to stay, and where to play. This fantastic updated information article will be on upcoming travel. Now, remember that Where To Eat Guide is a meta-sober company, meaning when we travel, we connect with concierges, real people and quality online magazines for recommendations.

For this excursion, we flew out of Salem, Oregon, which now has renewed commercial flights provided by budget carrier Avelo Airlines. It’s currently providing direct flights to Las Vegas, Sonoma County and Burbank. Avelo flights cost an average of $79 each way and only include a standard backpack-size personal item for included carry-on luggage. Checked bags are going to cost you an additional $60 each way. Packing smart and keeping it in one bag is the best value. We highly recommend a Portland Gear Cascade Backpack, which meets the one-item carry-on dimensions.

Pro Tip: Rent a car! It's the best way to see Vegas, so avoid Uber and Taxi lines. However, if you plan to be a lush, enjoy the lines. We love both options! 

Where To Stay

There’s no shortage of a good time with the MGM Collection! It includes many hotels, and they have a fantastic mobile app that provides easy check-in, access to dining reservations, room service, online ordering, events, ticket purchases, and more. The MGM Collection includes renowned hotels such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, and Delano Las Vegas. If you’re a Bonvoy Marriott member, 

We didn't love getting nickeled and dimed for every little thing while at the Luxor, which connects directly to the Excalibur and New York-New York. Still, it did have everything you could need, including several sundry markets, a food court, full-service restaurants and bars, a spa and a pool. The average cost of a pool alcoholic drink ranged from $12 to $29. 

Pro tip: Consider staying off the strip at some of the following hotels to avoid the time it takes to get in and out of a major casino hotel resort. This way, you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, 24-hour coffee, etc. The benefits of an off-strip hotel are endless!

Pro tip: Before checking in, stop by Grocery Outlet to grab inexpensive water bottles, liquor, beer, wine and snacks. This will save you tons of cash. 

Where To Play in Las Vegas

Las Vegas isn't just about world-class dining; it's also a playground of endless entertainment and activities, many completely free! Here are some of the best free attractions you can enjoy during your visit:

Bellagio Fountains

This iconic water show features choreographed water jets dancing to music, creating a captivating spectacle every 30 minutes in the afternoon and evening. Mon - Fri 3 pm—6:30 pm every half hour; 7 pm—12 am every 15 minutes. Sat-Sun 12 pm—6:30 pm every half hour; 7 pm —12 am every 15 minutes. Schedule may vary, and shows are subject to cancellation due to high winds.

Fremont Street Experience

Stroll down this electrifying pedestrian mall for a mix of vintage Vegas charm and modern entertainment, including impressive LED canopy light shows, street performers, and live music events. Don’t forget to enjoy the Viva Vision light show, the largest video screen in the world, offering free nightly performances.

Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel

This serene garden features lush landscaping, streams, and waterfalls, home to exotic birds, fish, and, of course, the hotel’s namesake flamingos, providing a tranquil escape amidst the bustling Strip.

See a Show!

One of our favorite shows is Thunder Down Under. This lively performance features a talented group of Aussie men who put on an unforgettable show. It's great to see such a diverse audience, including many men and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The energy is high, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house, so don’t hesitate to purchase the least expensive tickets, which, after fees, will still run $50-60 each on the low end. Getting your photo with the performers at the show's end is worth every penny of the $25 for a souvenir.

Get Out of the City for a Day!

Las Vegas offers abundant entertainment, but three full days in the city can be overwhelming for some. If you have a few days to spare, we recommend leaving the city and exploring the natural beauty nearby. Whether you have twenty-four hours in Las Vegas or three days, there is plenty to see and do. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon at the West Rim, where you can enjoy stunning views and the thrilling Skywalk, a glass bridge that extends over the canyon. Visit the iconic Hoover Dam, a marvel of engineering and a testament to human ingenuity; take a guided tour to learn about its history and significance, and enjoy the stunning views of the Colorado River. Explore the charming Boulder City, a small town with a rich history and a welcoming atmosphere. Stroll through the historic downtown area, visit local shops, and enjoy a relaxing meal at one of the quaint restaurants.

Pro tip: Get your photo with The Flying Saucer (Area 51) Alien in Boulder City!

Where To Eat

Las Vegas is the city of celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Nobu Matsuhisa, and José Andrés. If you haven’t experienced a Michelin Star or James Beard Award-winning restaurant, let it be clear that in Vegas, these top celebrity chefs rarely touch your plate before it’s delivered to your table, which is a shame. We firmly believe that if you pay the high price of dining at Hell's Kitchen or Michell Mena, the chef should personally ensure the quality of your dish. 

There are many dining options inside and outside the hotels. We found exquisite stops to satisfy the palate, including cheap eats, delicious Asian cuisine, mouthwatering Mexican fare, and more. Las Vegas has everything you need, whether you are looking for a quick bite or a lavish dining experience. Every meal can be an adventure, from hidden gems off the beaten path to renowned eateries on the Strip. Here are some of the best dining spots in Las Vegas that offer unique and memorable experiences:

Ping Pang Pong

Ping Pang Pong is a haven for those craving authentic Chinese cuisine inside the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. Known for its extensive dim sum menu, this restaurant offers a bustling and vibrant atmosphere. The steamed buns, dumplings, and noodle dishes are crafted with precision and flavor, making them a favorite among locals and tourists.

Pro tip: Order the Crispy Shrimp Rolls from the Appetizers. They are savory with a hint of sweetness and loaded with succulent shrimp. 

Cafe Manila

If you're looking for the best Filipino food in Las Vegas, Café Manila is the place to be. Located just a short drive from the Strip, this cozy restaurant offers many authentic Filipino dishes that will transport your taste buds to the Philippines. Each dish is prepared with traditional recipes and the freshest ingredients, from flavorful Adobo and Crispy Lechon to hearty Pancit and delicious Halo-Halo. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and friendly service make Café Manila a must-visit for locals and tourists craving a genuine Filipino dining experience.

The Lake Lounge

Situated at the Wynn Las Vegas, The Lake Lounge offers a serene and elegant setting overlooking the Lake of Dreams. This sophisticated lounge is perfect for cocktails and light bites while enjoying the spectacular water and light show. The ambiance and impeccable service make The Lake Lounge ideal for a relaxing evening.

Pro tip: This is a superb establishment for cheap eats breakfast. Steak and Eggs are $9.99 plus tax all day long! They also have a lounge with a full bar attached. It’s also lovely and dark inside if you feel a bit hungover and need some hair-of-the-dog in a low-key atmosphere. 

TIABI Coffee & Waffles

TIABI Coffee & Waffles is a must-visit for breakfast and brunch enthusiasts. This cozy cafe is off the Strip, specializing in creative waffle dishes and expertly brewed coffee. From savory waffle sandwiches to indulgent sweet waffles topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, TIABI offers a unique twist on classic breakfast favorites. The LGBTQAI+ inclusive atmosphere and innovative menu make it a standout choice for a casual and delicious meal. Pro tip: Great for Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Options!

DE Thai Kitchen

If you're craving authentic Thai cuisine in Las Vegas, DE Thai Kitchen is a must-visit. Located just off the Strip, this charming restaurant offers a modern twist on traditional Thai dishes, using fresh ingredients and bold flavors. The menu features favorites like Pad Thai, Green Curry, and Tom Yum Soup, all prepared with a delicate balance of spices that will tantalize your taste buds. The inviting atmosphere and attentive service make DE Thai Kitchen an excellent choice for casual dining and special occasions. Don't miss their signature Mango Sticky Rice for dessert—it's the perfect way to end your meal on a sweet note.


Enjoy Las Vegas!