The 5 Top International Airports for Shopping

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What better way to kill time than shop?

There’s nothing more satisfying during a long layover abroad than…shopping! Here are the 5 top international airports for shopping.

From London to Seoul, these airports consistently make the list as the top international airports for shopping.

London Heathrow

Heathrow is host to many luxury brands including Hugo Boss, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Swarovski and Kurt Geiger. It also has some British classics such as Harrods, Glorious Britain, a Harry Potter gift shop and Hamleys, where you can get souvenirs of your time in London. And there’s a complimentary personal shopping service which can be booked in advance. Source: Alternative Airlines

Hong Kong International Airport

This airport-slash-shopping junkie’s paradise actually features two different malls—SkyMart and SkyPlaza. According to the Hong Kong Tourist Board, the two offer up nearly 300 retail options for travelers. With big names and a wide variety, this airport is one of the best in Asia for getting your shopping on. Source: Insight Guides

Seoul Incheon International

Named #3 for Airport Shopping in 2018 by Skytrax, Incheon International boasts  numerous luxury shops including Burberry, Cartier, and the world’s first Louis Vuitton airport boutique for those looking for a little bling. For Korean beauty products, head to SkinFood (Public area 1F), Innisfree, and Etude House (various locations). Jane-art (3F, Check-in Counter G) is a go-to spot for kitschy souvenirs and children’s toys. Source: The Culture Trip

Tokyo Haneda International Airport

Since Japanese travelers feel obliged to brings gifts back to colleagues and family, and airport shops conveniently fulfiil this need by selling regional products from across Japan. The international terminal at Tokyo Haneda recreates an old Edo-era street hung with lanterns where you can find exquisite stationary, boxed sweets and traditional Japanese clothing. Source: Traveller

Singapore Changi Airport

Whether you’re a bargain hunter or someone who appreciates the finer things, you’ll find plenty to explore in the hundreds of airports shops, ranging from typical convenience stores and bookshops to international boutique brands to the ever-present Duty Free areas. For local souvenirs, check out TWG Tea, Bengawan Solo for traditional cakes and sweets, and cooking recipes and ingredients from Discover Singapore. Source: Sleeping in Airports

For a list of the best US airports for shopping, see our article.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.