When I travel for work I often rely on shopping in the tax-free area of an airport for buying gifts. This has lead to disappointment in the past. Airports like San Francisco, Orlando and Berlin Tegel don't really have a normal shopping area after security, which lead to me arriving home empty handed.

How can you know before going through security if an airport has a decent shopping area after the security checks? Orlando was the biggest disappointment so far, since there was an extensive shopping area before the security. Now I know that when you want to shop in Berlin or San Francisco, you don't want to rely on the airport.

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    So by 'decent' - do you mean large, cheap, varied or something else?
    – Mark Mayo
    Jan 26, 2015 at 6:54
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    @markmayo I mean more then 5 shops (not counting bars, restaurants and newspaper stands)
    – user141
    Jan 26, 2015 at 14:00
  • Given the additional agreement with my clarification, perhaps you could edit that in.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jan 27, 2015 at 1:01

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The airport website will usually have this information, for example, the Orlando airport maps list names and locations of shops both land- and airside.

Similarly, the list from Berlin Tegel suggests that, indeed, airside shopping is sparse.

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