Wedged between the Strip and downtown and centered on Main Street is Las Vegas’s Arts District. Formerly the city’s industrial center, this neighborhood is now the booming home to coffee shops, dispensaries, breweries and restaurants, filling the once-shuttered storefronts and sidewalks with renewed activity. The Arts District maintains a more low-key vibe than nearby Fremont East while offering treasures worth discovering day or night.
Meet your local
Chris has lived in Las Vegas since 2007. He’s a Detroit native who misses Michigan summers and bodies of water but loves the “anything is possible” spirit of this city.
Where I live: Glen Heather Estates is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It’s a little gritty, but it’s home to some of the coolest mid-century modern houses in the valley.
Best way to get around the city: Cars are still the best way to get around Vegas. The city has recently imposed parking fees at nearly all the resorts on the Strip, so using Uber and Lyft around town is the best idea.
Don’t leave without having: Some time off-Strip. Get into the neighborhoods, to Red Rock or Lake Mead, or explore Chinatown.
But the local favorite is really: The comp. One of the biggest perks of living in Vegas and working on the Strip is the hookup. It’s a small town, and you always know someone who can get you in somewhere.
If I moved, I’d most miss: The sunshine. You hardly ever have to plan for inclement weather and can wake up daily ensured it’s gonna be bright and warm. It makes the rare rainy day a treat.
Makers & Finders
Here you’ll find Latin-inspired tapas with casual indoor and outdoor seating. While the restaurant offers meat-filled empanadas and arepas, there’s also a vegan menu.
Makers & Finders, 1120 South Main St. No. 110. Las Vegas, Nev. 89101
Everything you see is for sale at ReBar — including the decor, seating and even the racks of beer steins lining the wall. This Main Street spot is one part kitschy local dive bar, one part antique shop.
A contributing photographer and Las Vegas native, Mikayla has been an artist and photographer for 10 years. The Barrick Museum of Art, surrounding deserts, neon colors and the sunsets (real, not the ones painted over the casino roulette tables) are some of the reasons she holds the city dear.