Whether you’re trying to kill time between lengthy flight connections or have a phobia of airplane food, having the option to treat yourself to a decent meal at an airport before or after a flight can make all the difference when it comes to travel. And while most airports around the world have the same familiar fast food chains, in recent years, some destinations have made special efforts to offer delicious local dishes that will be sure to please hungry passengers. Now, thanks to RewardExpert, who recently released their 2018 International Airport Dining Scorecard based on thousands of reviews and menus, the best airports in the world for food have been revealed. Take a look below to see the sumptuous selection.
It’s no surprise that Tokyo managed to scoop the number one position in a ranking of food. Famously having more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, its culture surrounding great food is well documented. When it comes to airport offerings, Narita has a number of high quality options at low prices, with restaurants offering yakitori, fresh sushi, udon noodles and tonkatsu, a mouth-watering fried pork cutlet covered in panko breadcrumbs
According to the survey’s results, Taoyuan International offers the second-lowest prices and second-highest rated food for airports around the world. One of the most popular choices for travellers is Chun Shui Tang, a brand with claims to the origin of bubble tea, a famous drink served with chewy tapioca pearls inside it.
The third-busiest international airport in the world, Hong Kong International is a bustling hive of activity at all times, with many people to cater for. According to the survey, all of the food options proved a hit with visitors. Offering dishes from all over the world, Hong Kong specialities such as sweet and sour pork proved to be the most popular.
Asia’s airports dominated the ranking, taking the top four slots for best food. Singapore’s Changi Airport scored 4% higher than average in the overall ranking, being home to lots culinary options, with its range of Cantonese dishes proving particularly popular.
With a solid range of restaurants, from cheap eats to fine dining, Schipol ranked amongst the top half of nearly every category in the index. A popular choice is Bowery Restaurant, which prepares Asian and grill specialities across three open plan kitchens.
While it may not hold the same brand recognition as Heathrow Airport, London’s Gatwick boasted a higher overall cuisine ranking than its counterpart. Offering different types of cuisine, one popular choice proved to be Comptoir Libanais, which specialises in Lebanese mezzes.
Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport racked up serious points for its wide variety of offerings, which includes Thai, Mexican and modern Australian, while the ever-popular Chur Burger gained an honourable mention. The results showed that the airport has some work to do in terms of affordability, but the quality of the food on offer secured its place in the top ten.
While this airport doesn’t have as diverse a range of cuisines, what it does, it does incredibly well. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport scored big points for its delectable collection of Spanish foods and tapas, with the top-rated restaurant being Vinea.
Despite scoring high for its quality food offerings, expensive menus all around brought down Munich Airport’s rankings in the list. Airbrau, which was chosen as the top-rated restaurant is among the most well-renowned of any airport in the ranking.
More than 75 million hungry travellers have passed through Heathrow’s gates, making it the second-most travelled international airport. It’s the third highest-rated airport in terms of cuisine quality, and is home to restaurants from chefs like Gordon Ramsey. It’s also the most expensive airport to eat at by a large margin, making its overall ranking rather low.