Bargains or budget busters? Duty-free shopping is the number one thing travelers do to kill time and boredom at airports across the world. From electronics and alcohol to perfumes and chocolates, the variety is staggering and the displays are striking. Both are reasons enough for you to want to take a closer look. Here are the top 5 airports around the world that offer the best duty-free shopping.
Dubai International Airport
Diehard shoppers swear by all that Dubai International Airport has to offer. It’s no surprise then that it’s the biggest airport retailer in the world. Along with a record number of travelers buying gold here, the airport is a hub for luxury items from designer accessories to gourmet condiments. Most of the stores almost always have special offers and promotional sales to lure customers. A popular time to shop at Dubai International Airport is at the end of Ramadan when swanky sports cars and lots of cash can be won through raffles.
Hong Kong International Airport
That Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise is no secret and Hong Kong International Airport is no different. One of Asia’s busiest airports, big names like Gucci and Omega retail here alongside the likes of Zara and Swatch. The variety of retailers makes shopping at the airport extremely affordable. Travelers can avail the ‘Downtown Pricing Guarantee’ that ensures that they get the most competitive pricing on items. The most popular purchases made at Hong Kong International Airport are perfumes, cosmetics and alcohol.
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 has quite the reputation with both browsers and buyers. Spanning over 48,000 square metres of retail space, you can pick up everything from apparel and alcohol to skincare and sunglasses. The airport has its own reward program that offers discounts at select stores and also an online store where purchases can be made in advance and items can be picked up on the day of travel. Undoubtedly, one of London Heathrow Airport’s biggest duty-free shopping draws is the iconic department store Harrod’s outlet.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
With its catchy tagline ‘See, Buy, Fly’, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol makes duty-free shopping fun and filling your bags with great deals is quite easy to do. With promotional sales and deals being a constant, luxury designer goods like watches and jewelry retail alongside items that are typical Dutch trademarks like tulips and Gouda cheese. With a large windmill, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol seems more like a sightseeing attraction than an airport.
Singapore Changi Airport
You’re spoilt for choice at Singapore Changi Airport with its extensive variety of retailers.From fashion to food, the options are plenty from big brand stores to smaller boutique shops. The airport has an online shopping facility where you can conveniently browse and buy in advance and the Changi rewards program offers exclusive member benefits and savings. Duty-free shopping at Singapore Changi Airport also lets you earn frequent flyer miles on select airlines.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.