PHX named Best Airport for Shopping


Phoenix airport caters to shoppers with options like Lucky Break, Sonora Southwest Living and Brookstone

A little retail therapy can make hours spent waiting at an airport fly by. Airport Experience News nominated 15 airports with top notch retail programs, offering travelers a wide range of shopping options on either side of security. For four weeks, 10Best readers voted for their favorites.

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

    Phoenix's status as a shopping mecca translates into its airport, with options like Bunky Boutique, Indigenous, Johnston & Murphy, Cactus Candy, TripAdvisor and Earth Spirit. A concessions update has brought an additional 16 new shops to Terminal 4, including Lucky Break, Sonora Southwest Living and Brookstone.
    Photo courtesy of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)

    Passengers traveling through Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport have a variety of shops to choose from. National brands like Aveda, Johnston & Murphy, PGA and Swarovski are joined by local retailers Uptown Minnesota, North Loop Market and Adventure North.
    Photo courtesy of J Brew / Flickr

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)

    The Atlanta 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

  • 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

  • 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 of retailers, including Harley Davidson, Sunglass Hut, Oakley, Lush and others.
    Photo courtesy of Orlando 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 & 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

  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

    Chicago is a shopper's paradise, and O'Hare is no exception. National brands like Coach, Brookstone, Harley-Davidson, MAC Cosmetics and Oakley are joined by local favorites Barbara's Bookstore, Sarah's Candies, Chicago Sports and The Field Museum Store.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago O'Hare International Airport

  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)

    Baltimore/Washington International Airport has some 50 stores spread throughout, selling everything from toys to high fashion items. Shoppers can pick up sweet gifts at Charm City Candy, electronics at InMotion, menswear at Johnston & Murphy, hot sauces at the Pepper Palace or lingerie at Victoria's Secret.
    Photo courtesy of Rudi Riet / Flickr

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

    There's a little bit of everything on offer inside San Francisco International Airport – organic cosmetics at 100% Pure, sports apparel at Bay Area Club House, gourmet food and gifts at California Lifestyle and local candy at Embarcadero Treats to name a few.
    Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

    Retail therapy is on offer both pre- and post-security at SeaTac. Big brands like Coach, MAC and InMotion are joined by a whole host of local shops, including Made in Washington, Discover Puget Sound, Seattle Chocolate, Lady Yum and glassybaby.
    Photo courtesy of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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

  1. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  2. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  3. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  5. Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  6. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  7. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  8. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
  9. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  10. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Congratulations to all these winning airports!

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