4 DAYS, NO CORPORATE CASINOS, HOTELS OR "CELEBRITY CHEFS"
Have to go to LV again and will be staying at the Bellagio Sunday to Wednesday, probably w/o car. Looking for artisnal coffee and bakery for pastries. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream and other dessert options would be good! All types of cuisines but must be ok with 501's and t-shirts.
Any suggestions within walking distance or will we starve?
If you like ice cream, I'd recommend ICEPAN which is in the Harrah's Casino. ICEPAN is this cool made-on-demand ice cream counter where you get to choose the flavor, the type of milk (skim, 2%, whole, even soy), and the toppings, and the server makes your ice cream right in front of you on this frozen drum. It's fresh and as far as ice cream goes is as healthy as you can get. It's also a pretty small outfit and the only other ICEPAN locations that I know of are in Japan, so it's worth checking out.
As for awesome bakeries if you've got a car and don't mind driving all the way to Henderson, Bread & Butter is worth a stop. They make these awesome doughnuts/Paczki, bagels, macarons, man virtually everything there is great. They also have a nice breakfast & lunch menu.
While the car is a necessity to get away from the "corporate" element for lunch and dinner, you do have some spots for breakfast pastries and good coffee within walking distance - with Payards Patisserie at Caesar's Palace topping the list. And even right in the Bellagio you have Jean Philippe Patisserie, which also has a bigger location a short stroll away in the Aria. You will be paying Strip prices, but some of that can be offset by the time savings of not having to get into a car and work your way around the city. And as Dave Feldman astutely noted, Las Vegas off-strip is not yet a pastry mecca. There are good places - the aforementioned Ronald's and Sunrise, and places like Chocolate and Spice (http://chocolatenspice.com), La Belle Terre (http://labelleterrebread.com) and Bread and Butter (http://breadandbutterlv.com). But they are better labelled as "if you are in the neighborhood", rather than destinations that would be worth the time and trouble to drive to from the Bellagio. If you are looking for a place to just hang out for a bit, there is a decent vibe at The Beat (http://www.thebeatlv.com) downtown, which might even make you feel like you are not in Las Vegas anymore.
I'm not sure you'll find anything at the level of the better Portland or Seattle coffee shops, but there are several coffee places that are trying to improve the coffee situation in Las Vegas.
The most popular and "serious" independent is probably Sunrise Coffee (http://www.sunrisecoffeelv.com/index....). They also serve a vegan/vegetarian menu as well as pastries.
Las Vegas off-the-Strip is not particularly strong for fine pastries. I'd rather go to Ronald's Donuts at 4600 Spring Mountain Rd., in the heart of Chinatown (not too far from Bellagio) for their humble and delicious donuts.
I think that if you're not willing to eat in any casinos (I assume that extends to chain restaurants, thinking specifically Margaritaville, which is the only non-hotel restaurant I can think of on the strip) you're in trouble on-strip. I guess you could eat in some of the restaurants in the Miracle Mile and Fashion Show mall, since those aren't casinos? But you won't find artisanal coffee or pastries. Maybe if you got a bus pass you could get off strip reasonably easily.
Now you're talking...
8751 West Charleston Boulevard #110
Las Vegas, NV 89117
4012 South Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Layers Bakery Cafe
665 S Green Valley Pkwy Henderson, NV 89052
Great bakery and they serve Colorado River Coffee Roasters coffee. crcoffeeroasters.com are located in Boulder City. Makes for a wonderful drive away from the strip and a reason to either see or visit Hoover Dam. Two great breakfast spots in Boulder City include Mel's Diner and The Coffee Cup.
Luv-It Frozen Custard, a downtown institution.
505 East Oakey Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89104
707 Carson Ave, Las Vegas, NV
2605 South Decatur Boulevard #103
Las Vegas, NV 89102
I'd check into a rental, so you can get off the Strip.
EAT, The Beat coffehouse, LeThai, are all downtown by Fremont Street.
I've eaten a few times at the El Cortez having the $7.95 prime rib special.
Tiffany's Cafe is on Las Vegas Blvd downtown. Good grub, open 24 hrs, and big portions.