Because there's only so much "fun in the sun" that one person can stomach, The Pier Shops at Caesars offers welcome respite for the beach and bikini-weary. Built upon the historic A.C. boardwalk, The Piers Shops juts out over the Atlantic Ocean on a 900-foot pier, and brings together world-class dining, free entertainment, and upscale, luxury shopping (because if your significant other is going to gamble their earnings away at the roulette table, then you might as well pony up to the cash register at Louis Vuitton). Keep reading for The Feast/Shop's top tips for making the most out of your Pier Shops excursion.
Road Trip: The Piers Shops is approximately 70 miles southeast of Philly; a straight shot down the Atlantic City Expressway will get you there in less than ninety minutes. Reserve a room at the Caesars Atlantic City Hotel for extra-easy access: the shopping complex is connected to the hotel via a suspended, enclosed walkway.
Shop 'Til You Drop: The Pier Shops encompasses 464,000 square feet, with over 80 shops and restaurants. The complex is open year-round, seven days a week, and stays open as late as 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pack Light: Bring an empty suitcase (or three) so you have a way to haul home your shopping finds. The Piers Shops combines high-end, luxury labels and specialty stores (Burberry, Scoop NYC, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo) with mainstream shops more common to your average mall (Banana Republic, Coach, White House Black Market, Victoria's Secret, Juicy Couture).
Male Call: Stores like True Religion, Levi's, and Hugo Boss will appeal to male mall-goers, while the Apple store is sure to speak to tech-savvy shoppers.
Lite Brite: Every hour, on the hour, an indoor water feature comes to life with a free, multi-level performance incorporating light and music. Make a point to visit the water show during the nighttime, so you can really see the lights glow.
Come Hungry: Forget your standard food court: the third floor of Piers Shops boasts a variety of bars, restaurants, and cafes; highlights include two Steven Starr restaurants -- Buddakan and The Continental -- plus the seafood-centric Phillips Seafood. Shoppers with a sweet tooth should make a beeline for It'sugar, a candy "department store" chock-full of nostalgic sugary treats.
It's the Pits: Need a break? Take advantage of The Piers Shops' third floor mini beaches: indoor sand pits come complete with complimentary Adirondack chairs, offering a much-needed breather to weary shoppers. Large panoramic windows provide a clear (and air-conditioned) view of the Atlantic City beach-scape.
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