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Prepare for your day on the Strip with coffee and sticky pecan buns at The Venetian’s Bouchon Bistro (3,355 South Las Vegas Boulevard). It’s a breakfast option that adds class to any Las Vegas city break.
Maintaining this stately start, charter a gondola along the casino’s canals before moving to Caesars Palace (3,570 South Las Vegas Boulevard) to admire the Corinthian columns and replica Colosseum.
Visitors on Las Vegas city break deals should sample a local food trend at the glut of newly opened Asian eateries. Still in Caesars Palace, find the elevator up to Mr Chow, where yummy hand-pulled noodles await.
Post-lunch, cross the street and look in at the Art Deco-style Flamingo (3,555 South Las Vegas Boulevard), Hunter S Thompson’s base in ‘Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas’, then use the Monorail to sidle north to the Stratosphere Tower (2,000 South Las Vegas Boulevard), and its thrill-ride Insanity, which spins participants at 65 kilometres per hour.
Ride the Monorail back to the Flamingo. Just south is the Bellagio (3,600 South Las Vegas Boulevard), whose nightly sound-and-light fountain spectaculars will have begun.
Discuss the magical performances while walking eastwards to the Hard Rock Casino’s Mr Lucky’s 24/7 diner (4,455 Paradise Road). It’s off-menu, but ask for the Gambler’s Special: a classic cheap-break-to-Las-Vegas deal where $7.77 buys you a steak, grilled shrimps, potato or broccoli, and salad.
Fancy something different? Head to Dig This on Rancho Drive for the chance to try your hand at driving excavators and bulldozers.
Hangover breakfast required? It wouldn’t be a proper Las Vegas city break without one! Wolf down a Signature Short Rib Benedict – poached eggs, braised ribs, hollandaise and crispy potato cakes – at The Henry restaurant in The Cosmopolitan (3,708 South Las Vegas Boulevard), before lolling poolside at its Marquee dayclub.
Once sufficiently rejuvenated, tick another Las Vegas break box by taking a half-day helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Various operators along the Strip offer this special experience.
Unofficial laws dictate that every short break in Las Vegas must include a buffet. Added bonus: they’re a great way to keep your cheap break cheap.
Take the Deuce bus Downtown and use your late-lunch hunger to vanquish the all-you-can-eat deal for $8 at Main Street Station (200 North Main Street).
Afterwards, stroll the Fremont Street Experience arcade, admiring iconic signs at the nearby Neon Museum and braving the 35-metre (114-feet) zip-line at SlotZilla (425 Fremont Street).
Another rite of passage during breaks to Las Vegas involves sampling a shrimp cocktail at the meal’s spiritual home, Du-par’s cafe at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino (1 Fremont Street).
Enjoy the retro vibe of the city’s oldest gambling den, before finishing in one of Downtown’s new wave of high-quality speakeasies – if you can find it. The door of the Downtown Cocktail Room (111 South Las Vegas Boulevard) is notoriously inconspicuous.
Short break to Las Vegas? Done.