Have you ever been stuck in long transit and not been too sure where to eat? Airports usually offer a wide variety of restaurants and cafes but we’ve all heard horror stories of terrible airport food. So here are Traveler’s Top Restaurants as recommended by travelers, for travelers so you never need to worry about you next transit meal.
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Traveler’s Top Restaurants: Airport Edition
Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)
Submitted by Elizabeth from Digital Travel Guru for Traveler’s Top Restaurants.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is Bangkok’s main international airport, it has over 50 places to eat, the airport spans over 25,000 square metres and caters to most people food choices.
Mango Tree restaurant is an international chain of restaurants with branches in London, Bangkok city, Tokyo, Korea and Malaysia. If you want one last Thai meal before leaving Bangkok head over to Mango Tree. On arrival to the restaurant you will be met by beautiful modern decor with a lovely lemon fragrance in the air, the restaurant is peaceful and has comfy seating where you can relax and eat. The prices compared to eating out in Bangkok are slightly higher but the food makes up for it as it is totally delicious. The service is fast and staff friendly. The menu is pretty good and has all the main Thai dishes listed, an extensive starters menu as well as Thai desserts, great cocktails and fruit shakes. There are also vegetarian options too. Some of the popular dishes to try are noodle soup with roast duck or pork, mango sticky rice and the famous pad Thai noodles.
Find the Mango Tree restaurant in the International Eastern concourses (A, B, C and the east side of D)
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Don Mueang International Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)
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Due to a flight cancellation we had several hours to kill in Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. We had just had 10 days of eating the most delicious Indonesian food so we weren’t sure what to have. I would have been happy with some KFC but we couldn’t find one in the airport. As we were walking through the food court a sign for Hakata Ramen caught our eye. There was a ramen and fried chicken combo that looked fantastic.
We had been meaning to try proper ramen for a long time so we ordered a combo each. It cost THB 246 each. It took about 15 minutes to be prepared.
We each got a huge, steaming bowl of ramen and a plate filled with fried chicken. The flavours were exquisite. I’m not sure I’ve eaten many things that tasted quite as good! The broth was creamy and meaty, the meat tender and the noodles cooked perfectly. The chicken was so well flavoured I could eat that instead of KFC for the rest of my life and be happy.
Copenhagen Airport (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Submitted by Jacky from Nomad Epicureans for Traveler’s Top Restaurants.
What I love most about Copenhagen Airport is the availability of fresh food after security control. Although there are several good restaurants at the airport, one of the best is without a doubt Gorm’s Pizzeria. Gorm’s serves traditional thin-crust Italian pizza and has 8 outlets in Copenhagen alone, including the one at Copenhagen Airport. What makes it stand out is that they actually have a pizza oven at their airport location which means your pizza will always be 100% fresh. It is difficult to recommend just one single item off their menu, but Asahi Bianco is outstanding. As anywhere in Denmark, the ingredients used in the pizzas are mostly organic and fresh. Of course, that comes with a price, as the most affordable pizza rings in at 120 DKK. It is, however, a small price to pay for food of such fantastic quality beyond security control.
For those in a rush, they also sell pizza sandwiches for 70 DKK. And if you think pizza is all they have, think again, because Gorm’s also has an affordable breakfast menu. And if that’s not enough, order yourself a dessert pizza and forget the stress of traveling over a slice of chocolate heaven.
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Incheon International Airport (Incheon, South Korea)
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Korean food is delicious, there is such a wide range of types and flavours that you can find almost anything you want, but sometimes you want something closer to home. Before leaving on a flight we needed to find some breakfast. We were looking for something with bacon and eggs. We saw Monster Bread and decided to give the restaurant a try. If you like grilled cheese this is a stop for you. With a wide variety of grilled sandwiches we quickly found one that would satisfy our breakfast cravings. The price ranges from 4500 Won for their standard grilled cheese up to 7000 Won for their premium grilled sandwiches.
Portion sizes are sufficient for a meal and the food is delicious. Service was quick and friendly and we’d definitely visit Monster Bread again.
Vienna International Airport (Vienna, Austria)
Submitted by Anca from Dream, Book, and Travel for Traveler’s Top Restaurants.
In the area open to everybody, the branch of ANKER bakery is ideal for breakfast or a quick snack. A sandwich/Viennese pastry and a coffee go for under 10 euros. Our favorite picks include the smoked salmon sandwich (Räucherlachsweckerl) and the Dinkel Topfengolatsche (a soft-cheese pastry made with spelt flour). For a ready-made salad (usually comes with a bun included)/hot snack and a drink you will pay around 10-15 euros. Everything is fresh and, very conveniently, also available to go.
The second-best option is the Brezel Meister, which is exactly what the name says, although designed to look like a restaurant. It offers plain and garnished Austrian Pretzels, for around 5-7 euros a piece. It also sells a fair range of alcoholic beverages and it has a bigger seating area than the ANKER.
The Rustichelli Mangione Focacceria
Inside the airport, we love The Rustichelli Mangione Foccaceria at the D gates. It provides a variety of Italian street foods, as well as good coffee and alcoholic choices. I usually go for the Greek Foccacia and the freshly squeezed orange juice, for somewhere around 15 euros. Prices are typical for an airport restaurant, but you do get a view to the departure gates.
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The typical Viennese Coffee House Culture (on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list) can be experienced at the C gates, where a representative branch of DEMEL is located. The original shop across the street from the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna’s center was a favorite with royalty and aristocrats since it first opened in 1786. You can taste here world-renowned pastries such as the Apfelstrudel or Doboscake, with a Melange (Viennese version of a Cappuccino) and a glass of water, of course.
Prices are on the upper scale, but it is 20 euros worth spent as the authenticity and quality of DEMEL is beyond reproach. A variety of high-quality chocolates, cakes, and confectionery are available for purchase, in case you need that special last-minute gift for somebody back home.
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O’hare International Airport (Chicago, USA)
Submitted by James from Travel Collecting for Traveler’s Top Restaurants.
I love Rick Bayless and one of the highlights of my trip to Chicago was dining at his Frontera restaurant. The food is an upscale, innovative take on Mexican cuisine and the décor is colorful and fun. It’s hard to get a reservation, or involves a long wait outside. So I was super happy when I was at O’Hare airport leaving Chicago and saw that he had a takeout Mexican sandwich restaurant (Tortas Frontera) in the terminal (there is one in Terminal 1 and another in Terminal 3).
I actually wasn’t hungry, but was so excited at the possibility of getting another bit of Rick Bayliss before I left Chicago that I ordered a sandwich anyway. I was glad I did! These are sandwiches taken to another level. I had the Cubana (pork, chipotle, Jack cheese, black beans, cilantro, and avocado) and it was all kinds of awesome! They have soup, salads and sides, but you HAVE to have a sandwich. The next time you are in Chicago, go to the airport hungry and a little early so you don’t miss out.
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Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong)
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On our way to South Korea, Monique and I had a whole day layover in Hong Kong Airport. For most of the day we went out to Hong Kong to explore but when we came back to the airport we were famished. Wanting something a little more familiar to eat we decided to have a pizza and found the Pizza Express in the dining area of terminal 1, departures level. The restaurant has large open windows so you can view the activity of the Hong Kong airport while you eat.
The menu had an incredible range of Pizzas, many with an oriental theme. We decided to share a Peking Duck pizza and it was incredible. The crust was cooked perfectly, the flavours were delightful and it was enough for both of us. To drink we had a variety of fresh fruit juice to choose from, perfect after a long day of travel and exploring!
Service was quick and there is free wifi. So if you want something familiar with a dash of adventure, Pizza Express is the place for you.
Heathrow Airport (London, England)
Submitted by Rio from Opposite Tourists for Traveler’s Top Restaurants.
The Perfectionists’ Cafe
The Perfectionists’ Café is run by British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, known for his flamboyant and theatrical food style. The menu at this restaurant is Classic British with full English breakfast, Fish and Chips and scotch eggs on the menu. We ate breakfast here earlier this year on a recent early morning flight to Rome. I had the Eggs Benedict, while my partner chose the Full English Breakfast.
For those unaware, a full English breakfast consists of bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and toast. It’s similar to an American breakfast only better (in our opinion anyway!).
Now normally I don’t get excited by breakfast, especially at an airport but the Eggs Benedict was cooked to perfection. The maple cured ham just topped off the dish nicely. My partner enjoyed his breakfast and mentioned how the eggs were particularly yummy. It certainly made a nice change from the regular fast food eateries you normally get at airports. With coffees our total bill came to around £25 which we thought was reasonable.
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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia, USA)
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I connect in Atlanta quite a bit and when I get to eat there, I try to get out of the chaos of the domestic terminals, catch the “plane train,” and head over to the international terminal (F). If I only have time for a quick meal, I love to go to El Taco. El Taco is a popular Atlanta restaurant and their airport location offers a slightly smaller menu than the original location. The tacos are great and I love to get a frozen margarita to wash it down. It’s rare to get a delicious margarita at a counter service restaurant!
If I have time for a longer meal, I’ll head next door to Ecco. Another Atlanta hotspot with an airport location, Ecco specializes in continental cuisine, but what I love most about this restaurant is that it doesn’t feel like you are in the airport at all. It’s quiet and actually has great ambiance! Service is impeccable and Ecco is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine and one of their delicious appetizers like fried goat cheese or a prosciutto pizza.
Quick Recommends! (non-blogging travelers)
Jack’s Bar and Grill – Dubai International Airport
“Honestly anything off the menu brightens the airport experience. Almost everything is in a Jack Daniels Glaze. Ribs, wings, steaks, burgers… What’s not to love?!” – Katie Parsons
One Flew South – Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
“One Flew South in the Atlanta Airport. Amazing.” – Fisher Kat
Disclaimer: No travelers were paid for these reviews, they are written based only on the fact that they had a great experience. If you have a restaurant that you wish to recommend to help other travelers, email us at MCAdventureBlog@gmail.com.
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