With early flight times, long layovers and delays, airports can be hectic places for even the most seasoned traveller. Even after meticulous packing & careful preparation, airports can be an exhausting experience (albeit a small price to pay for the destination that awaits you!)
To alleviate some of those stresses, great food is always the best remedy. Most airports offer traditional vending machine and franchise fast food fare; but a few offer dining experiences that rival top restaurants beyond the tarmac.
Here are some of the best reviewed airport restaurants from around the world to satisfy your globetrotting cravings and give you a reason to check in just a little earlier.
New York City
The Palm Bar & Grille
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 4
This popular steakhouse has become a go-to destination at JFK since opening in 2009. With excellent service and a vintage feel, the location keeps true to its metropolitan roots with New York style steaks, an extensive wine selection and delicious cheesecake. The restaurant is also known for their large, generous portions; particularly of their steaks, shrimp and Nova Scotia lobster tails.
Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
Heathrow International Airport; Terminals 1, 3, 4, 5
With an airport as spacious as Heathrow, it makes sense that there are multiple locations of this seafood bar throughout the terminals. A definite experience in fine dining, each location boasts menus complete with caviar, foie-gras, smoked salmon and a variety of wines and champagnes.
Twist by Roger Mooking
Toronto Pearson International Airport; Terminal 1
Twist boasts a menu filled with fresh ingredients and comfort foods with a “global twist,” taking diners on a international journey before they even board their flight. From Southern fried chicken with Thai influenced spices to Empanada hor’s d’oeuvres, there’s something for every palette.
Rustichelli e Mangione
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport; Terminal 2
Known for their oven-baked goods and pastries, the location is also called the “oven boutique”. From fresh croissants, focaccia bread and pizzas to cakes and other desserts, the menu reflects Italy’s love of rich, decadent ingredients and their pursuit of old-fashioned taste.
Singapore Changi Airport; Terminal 3
Kampong Cafe specializes in traditional Singaporean food, with fried rice, rich sauces, curries, sautéed meat and vegetables adding flavour to the menu. While their seafood dishes are a popular go-to, the highlight of their food offerings is their Roti Prata; a flour-based flat bread dish served with either curried meat or vegetables.
Whatever your tastes may be, remember that you can always spend less time packing and more time eating at your favorite airport stop-off by using a Rise travel bag!