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5 Instagrammable airport shops from around the world


When was the last time you thought “Wow, I must Instagram that airport”? Chances are never, unless you were passing through Changi with its butterfly garden and rooftop pool. Well, allow us frequent flyers here at PretAirporter HQ to present exhibition A:

Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa, Lisbon Airport

Yes, that’s a gloriously retro, circus-themed sardine shop inside Lisbon Airport. It doesn’t matter if you like tinned fish or not, just go in and revel in the sheer spectacle of it all.

Still sticking to the regional delicacy idea, next up we have House of Tulips in (where else?) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It’s not quite as OTT as Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa, but it scores points for the visual pun of being a literal greenhouse. If you missed out on getting that quintessentially Dutch shot of colourful tulips bunched together in a flower market, then this is your last chance before departure. Instagram wisely.

House of Tulips, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Now, I know we’ve referenced the tropical gardens of Changi already, but allow us one more mention of the world’s best airport for the 5th year running. DFS here looks like a cross between Vegas and a luxury spaceship – which is no bad thing when it comes to racking up those likes.

DFS, Singapore Changi Airport

At first glance you might be wondering why we’ve included an Elvis store in this illustrious list. The answer to that is two-fold. Firstly, this photo doesn’t do the store justice. A quick Google search and you’ll see exactly how kitsch and colourful it is, with the perfect swirly background for #OOTD posts. Secondly, if there’s one thing that Instagrammers like, it is nostalgic Americana. Think old Ford Mustangs and Lana Del Rey in anything.

Elvis shop, Memphis International Airport

CC Image courtesy of Jon Fingas on Flickr

Ah, classic Instagram catnip – this one practically writes itself. You’ve got a few options here: you can either aim for a quiet moment and get a full-length photo of you (facing away from the camera, obviously, you’re not a tourist), or you can go macro and focus on the quirky little details. Blossoms = good. Cute food = good. Hello Kitty in a kimono = even better.

Shopping street, Tokyo International Airport

Oh, and don’t forget to tag @PretAirporter in your airport pics for a chance to be featured on our feed. Especially if you get a selfie with The King.

Tess Harold
written by: Tess Harold
Born in Hong Kong, Tess currently lives in London where she is Editor at PretAirporter. Over the course of her career, she has worked for the likes of Stylist, The Telegraph, Prestige Hong Kong, Asia Spa and Harper’s Bazaar UK.