Shopping (or at the very least window shopping) is a pastime we enjoy doing at any airport. One airport we never mind ending up at is Toronto’s Billy Bishop Island Airport — thanks to Porter. Porter is not only the most convenient way to fly out of the city, but they also have the best pre-flight and on-board experience. Before we even get onto the plane, there are complimentary snacks, drinks, Wi-Fi and cozy lounge chairs to relax in. Thinking our pre-flight experience couldn’t really get any better enter the WANT Passport boutique.
Not in the most obvious location, you’ll find the main shop pre-security, down one floor from where you check-in. The benefit of this is that you don’t actually have to be on a flight to shop here! For passengers hoping to do a bit of browsing pre-flight, they also have two kiosks in the departure lounge.
Created by Dexter and Byron Peart, purveyors of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie and WANT Apothecary, this ultra-luxe concept store has tons of gorgeous accessories, gifts and beauty essentials for the sophisticated traveller.
Thoughtfully curated, some of the goodies we spotted included Aesop bath and beauty products, Persol sunglasses, Leica cameras, and leather luggage from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.
We had our eyes on the Narita iPad Zip Folio in blue granite/tan (pictured above), and the ORLY leather shopper tote, which would be a perfect carry-on bag. Prices for the leather pieces range from $75 to $1,795, with their DOPP Kit bag for toiletries coming in at $325. No bargains here, but considering the leather bags are sourced from sustainable French and Italian calf leather, it’s an investment you’ll love for years to come.
For those travellers who have just landed and realize they are empty-handed will find chic options here. Aside from the luggage, you could pick up some French-made Astier de Villatte candles, Marc Vidal crayons and toys, or even a coffee table book. Next time you’re travelling with Porter, we suggest you pop in, even if it’s just to window shop.
Hours of Operation
Mon – Fri: 10 am – 7 pm
Sat: 11 am – 4 pm
Sun: 10 am – 7 pm
Where to Find:
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport2 Eireann Quay
Toronto, ON M5V 1A1