Gone are the days when airport dining meant greasy fingers and fast bites. Now, travellers departing from Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal are able to discover a world of high-quality, delicious food and drink to satisfy every craving and departure time. From decadent dinners and brilliant brunches to cool cocktails with a view, here are 7 things that will surprise you about dining at the airport.
1. There’s much more than just fast food
When you think of grabbing a bite to eat at the airport, a list of fast food restaurants most likely come to mind immediately. Visit Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal and you’ll soon discover there’s a world of fine dining experiences on offer. Rather than simply having a quick pre-flight meal, you can settle in for a truly delicious dining experience to kick-start your adventure or say farewell to your loved ones at your own pace.
2. You can enjoy a taste of Queensland
Stop in for a pre-flight bite and you can literally enjoy a taste of Queensland as many of the airport restaurants and cafes source the very best fresh produce from local suppliers. For locals, it’s a chance to enjoy one last taste of home before departing and for those leaving or passing through, it’s an opportunity to sample the best our region has to offer. From fresh seafood and steaks to seasonal fruit and veg, nothing tastes better than Queensland’s best.
3. Choose from a wide range of great grub
There are a number of fantastic restaurants and cafes at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal serving up a range of different cuisines depending on what you’re craving. Get stuck into burgers, gyro’s, po’boys, pizzas and salads at Windmill & Co. Sample share plates, seafood, pasta and steaks from Brisbane River Grill. Get comfy and dig into local favourites like beer battered flathead at Corretto Cafe & Bar or southern fried buttermilk chicken at The Botanist Kitchen and Bar, just to name a few.
4. There’s a meal to match your departure time
In addition to all those decadent dinner dishes, you can get yourself a fantastic breakfast, brunch or lunch too. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Belgian waffles, French toast or a pancake stack in the morning. Grab grilled corn, shallot and green herb fritters or smashed avocado on toast for brunch. Enjoy classic toasted sandwiches, salads and tasty burgers for lunch.
5. You can indulge in the dining experience
It’s always a good idea to get to the airport early, especially when travelling internationally. Rather than quickly munching down a box of hot chips, you can make the most of all that extra time by enjoying a proper restaurant experience. With full table service at restaurants in the departures hall at the International Terminal, your only worry is choosing which great meal to try first!
6. Dietary requirements are no problem
If dining at the airport has been a hassle due to specific dietary requirements, you may be interested to learn many are catered for. You can find a fantastic range of vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and even refined sugar free meals from the various restaurants and cafes at the International Terminal. If you’re unsure, just speak to the lovely service staff for help.
7. Beer, wine and cocktails, oh my!
In addition to all that good food, travellers can enjoy a range of amazing cocktails, local wines and beers too. Grab a seat with a view at Windmill & Co and watch planes take-off as you sip a glass of Queensland’s best drop, a beer from Newstead Brewing Co or your favourite cocktail. If you’re taking off before cocktail hour or just need a pre-flight pick-me-up, you can grab a fantastic cup of coffee from many spots at the International Terminal.
With reduced passengers in our terminals and the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on trading, airport retailers are continuously adjusting their opening hours and staff levels. Please check individual listings here for the most up to date information on what's open at each terminal and their trading hours.