For some travellers airport shopping may mean discounted foreign liquor or high-end chocolates and sweets, but frequent international fliers know well that hubs around the globe are stepping up their retail game.
A little retail therapy can make hours spent waiting at an airport fly by.
Why waste valuable time dragging heavy bags around the city when all of your shopping needs can be fulfilled at the airport on your way home?
To intrigue the inner shopaholic in you, here are the 10 best airports in the world for shopping
1.London Heathrow Airport, England
Europe’s busiest airport boasts of a 42000 square feet shopping space which is spread over 4 terminals.
You will find everything from pocket-friendly goods to premium products from world-renowned brands.
Things like perfumes, skin care products, alcohol and chocolates are available at all terminals but if you’re looking for items from brands like Burberry, Dior, Gucci and Cartier visit the airport’s Terminal 3.
Terminal 5 of the airport showcases the best of British design and craftsmanship with brands like Mulberry, Paul Smith, Links of London, and Smythson showcasing their products to departing passengers.
2.Singapore Changi International Airport, Malaysia
Singapore’s Changi Airport has been awarded the best airport in the world for the past 6 consecutive years, thanks to its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, luxurious amenities, dining and shopping.
You’ll get to enjoy products with prices which are comparatively cheaper than most airports around the world.
If you have time to spare, you can indulge yourself at the duty-free shops which are located in Terminal 1.
It has the widest range of beauty and skincare products amongst Asia Pacific airports, with more than 190 international brands on display.
You can buy electronic items like printers, laptops ,computer accessories from renowned brands and is a paradise for gamers with an extensive range of software and hardware from Sony PlayStation on display.
A wide selection of the world’s most premium wines and spirits is available, with an alcohol sampling bar where you can taste and buy.
3.Hong Kong International Airport, China
The city has a culture of shopping, which you can experience at the airport as well.
‘SkyMart’ in Terminal 1 and ‘SkyPlaza’ in Terminal 2 have the kind of retail space which would make any shopaholic jump with joy.
SkyMart has a “Downtown Pricing Guarantee,” so the price you pay at the airport will not be higher than what you would pay in the city.
The airport is not only about high-end products either. There’s a good mix of both premium and locally branded products on display.
4.Hammad/Doha International Airport, Saudi Arabia
If you have a long-haul flight with a layover in Doha, time will fly by thanks to the wide array of restaurants and shops in ‘Qatar Duty-Free’ located inside the airport.
It consists of a shopping plaza spanning over 40.000 square meters and comprising more than 30 fine dining establishments and 70 luxury retail stores.
Products like leather goods, designer bags, watches, jewellery, perfumes, souvenirs, travel gifts etc are available apart from the usual tax-free tobacco and liquor.
Luxury brands like Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani, Godiva, Harrods, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren & Rolex have their goods displayed for passengers.
It’s a bit on the expensive side but the experience is defiantly worth it!
5.Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands.
Schiphol airport in Amsterdam is the perfect paradise for shoppers on a tight budget.
It is regarded as one of the best airports for shopping because of its unique offers which run mostly round the year.
With discounts and promotions such as ‘Buy 2 Get 3 Free’ on premium products, it can make any passenger think twice before moving to the boarding gate.
You can check out the latest offers and discounts at Schiphol Airport’s Official Site.
6.Incheon International Airport, South Korea
South Korea’s main international gateway in Seoul, the Incheon International Airport, is most popular for items such as perfumes, cosmetics, alcohol and cigarettes.
It’s regarded as the best one-stop shopping place for world travellers.
The shopping plaza is located in Terminal 1 and has more than 200 popular brands located in one place.
It offers reliable products at reasonable prices and the best quality services.
7.Dubai International Airport, UAE
Dubai International Airport has been one of the top three (based on total sales) duty-free retailer for a couple of years now.
Alcohol, perfumes and gold are the must-buys in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal (also known as the Concourse) which is home to majority of the shops.
Open 24/7, there’s 58,125 square feet of retail heaven with products from premium brands up for grabs.
8.Zurich International Airport, Switzerland
Zurich Airport calls its shopping area ‘Paradise’, and it might well be, based on the reviews from frequent flyers around the world.
Switzerland is one of the last places in Europe where fliers can still buy duty-free goods.
Perfumes, cosmetics, alcohol, tobacco and, of course, fine Swiss chocolates can all be pre-ordered via their website if you’re all about the bargains.
If you’re in the mood for browsing, you’ll be in for a treat, with various Swiss brands displaying their products.
Also, if you purchase stuff worth 250 Swizz Franc or more, you can check-in through their ‘Fast Track’ security queue.
9.Vancouver International Airport, Canada
Vancouver International Airport has often been voted the best airport in North America.
And one of the main reasons the airport is so highly regarded is the nearby designer outlet mall – McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.
Fashion savvy travellers can browse designer names like Armani, Coach and Banana Republic along with world-famous brands which are situated alongside top-notch restaurants and stylish coffee houses.
Prices are also reduced (up to 70%), making Vancouver Airport all the more attractive to the savvy spender. The outlet is currently being expanded to house another 35 new premium lifestyle brands.
10.Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
Being one of the largest airports in Europe, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport may not be the most attractive, but it does house a sea of shops.
And this being Paris, the fashion capital of the world, exclusive brand names and designer boutiques that can be seen on the streets can also be found on the airport’s three terminals.
However, Terminal 2 is perhaps best if it’s luxury you’re after. It is home to upmarket brands such as Hermès, Salvatore Ferragamo and Longchamp.
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