Airport Lounge

Airport lounges are an oasis of calm and comfort amidst the hectic airport bustle for many travelers. They offer a pleasant environment where you can relax before your flight, work, or have something to eat and drink. And it is the consumption of food and beverages that is one of the main attractions of lounges for me 😊

Excellent roasted carrots at the Sky Lounge in Vienna.
Excellent roasted carrots at the Sky Lounge in Vienna.

The selection of refreshments in airport lounges can vary greatly depending on the specific lounge, airline, and location. Some lounges offer only basic refreshments such as sandwiches, fruits, cookies, and beverages, while others provide excellent hot meals and a wide selection of alcoholic drinks.

Selection of Austrian wines at the Sky Lounge in Vienna.
Selection of Austrian wines at the Sky Lounge in Vienna.

A great advantage of airport lounges is that food and drinks are usually included in the entry fee or ticket price (if you are entitled to lounge access due to your ticket class or membership in a loyalty program). This means that you can enjoy quality refreshments without having to pay the high prices that are otherwise common at the airport. Moreover, consumption is unlimited, you can eat and drink as much as you can manage.

Personally, I have had good experiences with food in airport lounges. They often offer dishes inspired by local cuisine. In lounges in Vienna, you can find typical Austrian strudel, while in lounges in Istanbul, you can find couscous.

Typical apple strudel at the Sky Lounge in Vienna.
Typical apple strudel at the Sky Lounge in Vienna.

Most lounges offer a wide selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. You can enjoy a cup of good coffee or tea, refreshing lemonade or juice, but also a glass of wine, beer, a cocktail, or quality whisky. Some lounges even have their own staffed bar where an experienced bartender will prepare a drink exactly to your liking.

Bar with a selection of alcoholic beverages in the iGA Lounge in Istanbul.
Bar with a selection of alcoholic beverages in the iGA Lounge in Istanbul.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all airport lounges are the same. Some may be crowded, noisy, and the refreshments may be limited or not of very high quality. It’s a good idea to check reviews and experiences of other travelers with the specific lounge in advance, so you aren’t disappointed.

Entrance to the iGA Lounge in Istanbul.
Entrance to the iGA Lounge in Istanbul.

In addition to food and drinks, another advantage of airport lounges is that they often offer other services that make your wait for the flight more pleasant. You can use comfortable chairs or sofas to relax, high-speed Wi-Fi for work or entertainment, or even showers to refresh after a long flight.

Have a nice trip!