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  • Writer's pictureMarie A.

Off the Las Vegas Strip: a three-day food & coffee-focused itinerary

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Las Vegas is well-known for the lights and excitement of The Strip, but did you know that the city also boasts an Arts District and Downtown area that highlights some of the city’s best creative and cultural spaces? We’ve curated a three-day itinerary utilizing the FREE transport services of the Downtown Loop shuttle that highlights some of the best food and coffee along the way. The service offers frequent stops at multiple popular destinations both Downtown and throughout the Arts District during the day. The shuttle runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Let’s go!

 

Day 1

Depart Harry Reid International Airport and head to your hotel. Drop your bags, refresh, and head out.


Start with a morning pick-me-up at Vesta Coffee Roasters - a good opportunity to stretch your legs and do an initial walk down Main Street. They roast their coffee on site, so be sure to grab an extra-fresh bag of beans to take home.



Shuttle stop: both the Arts District and Arts District South stop will put you within a few blocks.


Next, hit up some local retailers on the surrounding blocks, including For the Love, LV, Pharmacy Boardshop, and Recycled Propaganda.


Esther's Kitchen Brunch in Las Vegas, Nevada
Esther's Kitchen the best quaint little place to stop in for a bite to eat

Afterward, take a quick jaunt to Esther’s Kitchen for brunch, a local favorite that focuses on seasonal specialties and fresh handmade pasta. We recommend getting homemade sourdough and one of their many fresh spreads. Be sure to catch some rays on the patio if the weather permits.


Spend the rest of your afternoon at the Arts Factory, a warehouse that hosts multiple galleries featuring local artists and unique performance spaces. Bonus: if you are lucky enough to be here on a Friday, check out the First Friday art walk and block party.


Pizza at Good Pie Pizza Shop Las Vegas, Nevada
This delicious pizza was the best way to close out the first day in Vegas.

End the day early with some takeout from Good Pie’s to-go window. This pizza joint offers a variety of pizza styles and toppings to satisfy all the pizza lovers on your trip. Hint: try their signature “grandma” style pizza, a thin-crust square pizza.


It’s been a long day. Rest and recharge for tomorrow.





 

Day 2

Lattes at Dig It! Las Vegas Coffee Shop
Thesefun lattes are a great way to brighten up the morning

When you’re ready, head to Dig It! Coffee Company to get your day started. Dig It! is a social enterprise coffee company that provides job training and mentorship to neurodiverse adults and people with disabilities. Try one of their extra-fun lattes with a breakfast pastry. The space is super colorful and ready for a good photo opportunity.



Shuttle stop: Arts District South




Just up the street is the “Greetings from Las Vegas” mural. Grab a quick picture to commemorate your trip.


Next, hop on the shuttle and head to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. This outdoor mall is the perfect place to find a great deal and enjoy some sun.

"Greetings from Las Vegas" sign

Shuttle stop: Las Vegas North Premium Outlets


Head back to the hotel, drop off your purchases, and spend some time by the pool (or in your bed. We get it.)


Afterwards, jump on the shuttle and head to SoulBelly BBQ for lunch. Grab their house-special brisket and a handful of tasty sides.


Shuttle stop: Brewery Row

Beer at Able Baker Brewing on Brewery Row, Las Vegas
Enjoy your beverage of choice with a rubber duckie friend

Next, hit up Brewery Row which starts right next door. A newer addition to the area, Brewery Row features a variety of breweries and tap rooms located within walking distance of each other. Start your crawl with HUDLor Nevada Brew Works, then head to the rubber duckie decorated Able Baker Brewing as you make your way north.


After a few brews, jump back on the shuttle and end your day at the STRAT with some fun in the casino, a show, or a fine-dining experience. Head to the observation deck for an incredible look at The Strip at night.


Shuttle stop: the STRAT

 

Day 3

Latte at Mothership Coffee Las Vegas, Nevada
This bourbon vanilla latte is unique twist to your average morning coffee

Start your final day at Mothership Coffee located within Fergusons Downtown. Grab their house-special bourbon vanilla latte and take a seat on their greenspace outside.


Shuttle stop: Fremont East Entertainment District.


You will need to walk a few blocks down Fremont to reach Mothership.




Las Vegas Ferguson Motel
The Ferguson Motel is a unique spot to view the work of local artists

Within Fergusons Downtown is the historic Ferguson Motel, which has been revitalized into creative spaces and shops for local artists. Check out all they have to offer and bring home a unique Las Vegas souvenir.


Finish off your morning at Vegas Test Kitchen, located just around the corner from Fergusons. The kitchen offers a variety of fares from local chefs testing new and fun concepts.


Before you head out, take a quick stop next door at Gather House, which houses small “micro” studios that showcase local art rooted in the Downtown Las Vegas community.


That’s a wrap! Head back to the hotel, grab your luggage and make your way back to Harry Reid International Airport. Sun Country Airlines departs from Terminal 3.


Ready to book your off-the-strip getaway to Vegas? Book now at www.suncountry.com. Get to Going.


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