Sally and I recently spent some time in Las Vegas with our friends Jenna and Andy. It’s a pretty weird place – anyone who’s spent some time on the strip can tell you that. But I think one of the most underrated parts of Vegas (both in terms of enjoyability and weirdness) is the old downtown area along Fremont street.
This is a completely different universe from the fake-looking architectures, water fountain shows, and endless crowds of the strip. We’re talking eateries that sell wasabi-mayo flavored organic hot dogs (would recommend). Crazy public art displays. Hip record shops and book stores.
I remember remarking to my friend that if you took this area and dropped it in any other major urban center (e.g. San Francisco, Seattle), these restaurants and shops would have lines out the door. But that wasn’t the case here. There were parts that were eerily empty.
How did this place become some strange oasis of counter-culture? I have no idea, but it really is one of my favorite parts of Vegas.