Which Cirque du Soleil Show Should You See in Vegas

From the Moveable Buffet:

More often than I am asked what show to see in Vegas, I am asked what Cirque show to see. People who want to see Phantom or Penn & Teller don’t need me to tell them. Those shows are known quantities. People just need to read the show names from time-to-time in Vegas to be reminded they are here. Same with Celine and Elton. But while Cirque has gone to great lengths to market all of their shows as different, the truth remains Cirque has certain qualities that assert themselves in all of their productions. Surrealism, acrobats, and an unmistakable overall sensibility. People ask, if they can only see one Cirque show which one should it be? So, here are my choices and reasons for which Cirque show to see.


  1. Ha! I was just wondering today which I should see on my honeymoon in July. Thanks for the useful link!

    Chris, what’s your favorite buffet and favorite fancy meal in Vegas?

  2. Hey Piri,

    Hmmm, my favorite buffet changes everytime I go there. Most of the buffets will have the same thing (ie, shrimp, crab legs, prime rib) but my three favorites are:

    Le Village in Paris. They stick with the french theme and have a fresh crepe section that is always good.

    The Bellagio buffet. A few extra dollars but they also put in food that you wouldnt’ see elsewhere like bison, elk and wild boar.

    Cravings in Mirage is not really as exotic as the Bellagio or regionalized as Le Village but is huge and has a ton of stations with different food. TexMex/Seafood/Chinese/Japanese/Italian, etc.

    For fancy food restaurants….. Well throw a rock and you’ll hit some famous chef. My favorite restaurants off the top of my head are Kokomo’s in the Mirage, (wonderful filet and lamb and the best mashed sweet potatoes I’ve ever tasted).

    Top of the World on the Stratosphere. Expensive but the view is extraordinaire. If you don’t feel like spending a ton of money I suggest going to the lounge for dessert. You get the view without paying an arm or a leg.

    Mon Ami Gabi in Paris is reasonably priced and you can sit outside. It’s directly opposite the Bellagio fountains so you get a free show with dinner. The food is good but not a lot on the menu. It’s basically a bistro.

    Emeril’s seafood restaurant is really good in the MGM. His steakhouse in the Venetian is supposed to be great but I haven’t been there.

    Be careful with some of the fancy restaurants though. There are a few in there (Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy, I’m looking at you) where you could easily drop a grand.

    I’m stopping here….. I haven’t been in a month and I’m already missing it. Email me if you have anymore questions. I love talking Vegas.

  3. Oh, Rio has a damn good buffet also. It’s a lot like Cravings but I think it has the most to choose from at the dessert table. I think they have a make your own shakes section. Good to visit before seeing Penn and Teller. (Rio is one of my favorite casinos to gamble in but that’s another story)

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