Toronto Pearson International Airport Named Best Airport for Shopping!

San Diego International Airport voted runner-up

A little retail therapy can make hours spent waiting at an airport fly by. Airport Revenue News nominated 15 airports with top notch retail programs, offering travelers a wide range of shopping options on either side of security. For the past four weeks, our readers voted daily for their favorites, and the results are in.

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

    Whether travelers are looking to relax, pick up a gift for a loved one or invest in a new travel gadget, the retail program at Toronto Pearson International has it covered. Highlights include :10 Minute Manicure, Aveda, Beats by Dre, Gucci, iStore, MAC Cosmetics, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and The Body Shop.
    Photo courtesy of Tourism Toronto

  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
    San Diego

    The San Diego International Airport shopping experience has set the tone for airport retail. In addition to national brands found in traditional malls, the Airport features locally-themed shops to bring the feel of San Diego right to the gate, a duty free store and two airport spas
    Photo courtesy of San Diego International Airport

  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

    The concessions program at DTW has recently taken a giant-leap forward delivering stores such as Porsche Design/Hugo Boss, Johnston and Murphy and the first-of-its-kind Beauty Boutique by Estee Lauder. DTW has replaced gift-news concepts with “travel stores,” creating the ultimate customer convenience by blending in coffee concepts such as DTW’s award winning, Wall Street Journal/Starbuck’s.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

    Travelers will find many shopping choices in the center core of Pittsburgh International Airport. Appealing options include Armani Jeans, Brookstone, Lacoste and Pandora.
    Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh International Airport

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)

    Orlando International Airport satisfies the shopping needs of many tourists with Disney and Universal stores pre-security. The airport features a very diverse lineup such of retailers, including Harley Davidson, Sunglass Hut, Oakley, Lush and others.
    Photo courtesy of Orlando International Airport

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

    Like its food, there is certainly a variety of retail options for travelers at DFW. The shopping begins in Terminal D with a Brookstone, iStore, Hugo Boss and Swarovki among the notable tenants. But there are other choices depending on the needs of the traveler – everything from high-end to Dallas-focused souvenirs.
    Photo courtesy of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)

    Sophisticated design and local flair distinguish MSP’s retail offerings. Highlights include the first-ever airport Aveda store, Hammer Made men’s shirts and regional artisan merchandise from Uptown Minnesota. National mainstays (Sunglass Hut, Hudson News, iStore) service every need.
    Photo courtesy of J Brew / Flickr

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

    For travelers who like to shop, there is a vast assortment of options at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, with store such as Brookstone, Hudson Booksellers, America!, Sunglass Hut, The Body Shop and Maggio Olive Oil Company.
    Photo courtesy of Baltimore-Washington International Airport

  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)

    The airport has a great selection of retail options in the concessions program – more than 120 locations offering everything from clothes to cosmetics. The opening of the international terminal in 2012 paved the way for many new store concepts, including MAC Cosmetics, Spanx, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Michael Kors and Mont Blanc. 
    Photo courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Miami International Airport (MIA)

    There are plenty of duty free options, especially in the North Terminal of Miami International. One of the highlights is the Shoppes at Ocean Drive in the same terminal. The airport has also developed a marketplace to showcase local vendors and products.
    Photo courtesy of Miami International AIrport

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport for Shopping are as follows:

  1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  2. San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  3. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  4. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  5. Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  7. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  8. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
  9. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
  10. Miami International Airport (MIA)

Airport Revenue News (ARN) worked with industry experts to vet and nominate 15 finalists in this category, and USA TODAY 10Best readers had four weeks to vote daily for their favorites.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winning airports.

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