Airports may not be the most comfortable and welcoming places, but they are an integral part of the journey. So what options do you have if you want to find a nice place to eat or have a coffee to pass the time until departure?
The truth is that most airports are not known for their food. That’s why more experienced travelers often take snacks and sandwiches from home. Besides, it’s better value for money. Also, not all of us have access to the free lounge food (which is often overrated).
However, some airports have focused more on food and eating options. Some offer a wide range of options for all budgets.
Specifically, Radical Storage (a company that offers luggage storage services) recently published its list of the best airports for food in the world. To come up with this list, they analyzed passenger reviews of eateries from the 100 best (overall) airports globally.
What are the best, cheapest, and most expensive airports to eat at in the world?
- Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, is the world’s best airport for food, with not one, not ten, but 270 options to choose from. It’s also one of the cheapest, with a typical main meal costing an average of $8.18.
- 8 of the world’s 20 best airports for food are in the United States, with Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport taking the top spot as the 2nd best airport in the world for food.
- Manchester Airport is the best in the UK for food, with 30 restaurants. It also has the most options in the UK for vegans and vegetarians with 26 restaurants.
- Zurich Airport in Switzerland is the best airport in the world for vegans and vegetarians, with 36 options and an average public rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars.
- Those on a gluten-free diet have the most choices at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with 36 restaurants offering gluten-free options, followed by Boston’s Logan International Airport with 30 restaurants.
- Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Vietnam has the cheapest food in the world. There, a main or lunch meal costs $2.75, while Japan’s Kansai International Airport is the most expensive in the world, with an average main meal costing $34.02.
Europe leads the way in vegetarian options
Although Europe is absent from the Top 10 of the world’s best airports for food, it does much better in the vegetarian and vegan options.
Here, Europe really takes the lead, with Zurich airport taking the top spot. Specifically, the vegetarian or vegan traveler will have 36 vegetarian menu options in Zurich.
A little further down, in second place, we find Stockholm Airport, which offers 29 places to eat with a vegetarian menu. What’s more, the options here are not only plentiful, but they are on average cheaper than other airports, at around $9.71 per (main) meal per person.
Manchester, Vienna, and London’s Heathrow airports are the remaining European presences in the top ten.
The 10 best airports for food in the world
10. Singapore Changi Airport
9. Los Angeles International Airport, USA
8. O’Hare International Airport, USA
7. Haneda Airport, Japan
6. Narita International Airport, Japan
5. Jeju International Airport, South Korea
4. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, USA
3. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan
2. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA
1. Incheon International Airport, South Korea
The 10 best airports in the world for vegan & vegetarian food
10. Denver International, USA
9. O’Hare International, USA
8. Haneda Airport, Japan
7. Singapore Changi Airport
6. Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
5. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
4. Vienna International Airport, Vienna
3. Manchester Airport, United Kingdom
2. Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden
1. Zürich International Airport, Switzerland
Over to you:
Have you eaten at any of these airports? How was your experience?