It’s much better to be way early for your flight than running through the terminal only to see that you’ve missed boarding by a minute or two. But being early also means spending a fair bit of time hanging around the terminal waiting to get on the plane. Because of this, it’s always good to know that wherever you’re heading has some good shopping, sound places to eat, and a few drinks to occupy you should you find yourself with some extra time there.
While Edinburgh Airport might not have the huge size and selection of some of the larger UK airports, there’s pretty much everything you need to spend a pleasant few hours. Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to find at Edinburgh Airport.
Restaurants, Cafes and Bars
All Bar One
Enjoy a beverage or two and kill some time at slick city bar All Bar One
All Bar One is a well-known and popular chain in the UK, where you’ll find good food and drinks in a stylish, sophisticated setting. The airport branch is no exception, offering a relaxed but trendy atmosphere where you can indulge in a tasty brunch, quick coffee, or full meal with cocktails. No matter if you’re celebrating an occasion and want to get your trip started right or just looking for a quick pre-flight meal, there’ll be something for you. Just don’t enjoy yourself too much, or you might forget you have a flight to catch!
Cafes: Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Costa, EAT
If you’ve not got time for a sit down meal but still need something to keep you going before your in-flight food, you’re in safe hands at Edinburgh Airport. There are a range of coffee and food chains held within that can take care of all your lunching, snacking or caffeine fix requirements. Enjoy a quick latte and muffin from Starbucks, a toasted sandwich from Costa, or a healthy soup or porridge from EAT.
Wetherspoons is another well-known classic establishment in Scotland’s food and beverage scene, and the hive of activity in many towns and cities throughout the country. This pub and restaurant is a lively, relaxed place to grab some food or enjoy a few drinks. You’ll find just about every type of traveller in there, from families eating fish and chips to hen’s parties kicking off their holiday in style.
M&S Simply Food
Stock up your suitcase with popular treats and snack at M&S Simply Food
Ask any Brit about the place to go to pick up a great lunch or snack on the go, and they’ll very likely point you in the direction of M&S Simply food. Famous for creative, tasty meal deals and irresistible treats, the food hall of this department store is a bit of a national treasure. Stock up your suitcase with some of their well-loved ‘Percy Pigs’ or snack boxes and be prepared to be very popular when you return to your home turf!
Flutes and Tails
Indulge in a few glasses of bubbly at Flutes and Tails bar and restaurant in Edinburgh Airport
If you’ve still got a few GPB left over to spend from your trip, or perhaps feel you haven’t treated yourself quite as much as you would have liked, what better way to do so than pulling up a chair at a champagne bar? Flutes and Tails is a speciality bar located in the middle of the departures lounge in Edinburgh Airport, meaning any baggage or passport stresses are out the way and you’re free to relax and enjoy yourself. Tuck into a range of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and sample some of Scotland’s finest seafood, cheeses, and meats.
Shopping ‘til You Drop and other Amenities at Edinburgh Airport
If you’ve over indulged on haggis or had one too many whiskies during your stay in Scotland, eating and drinking might not be at the top of your agenda. Luckily, there’s more to Edinburgh Airport than wining and dining. Treat yourself to a wander round some of the UK’s best-loved designer names or stock up on some unique Scottish gifts to take home to your family. Here are just a few of the selection of shops you’ll find at Edinburgh Airport.
Jo Malone London
Give the gift of a beautifully scented candle from Jo Malone
For a luxurious gift for yourself or a treat for a loved one, head to the well-loved and respected candle maker Jo Malone. A fabulously British brand, a Jo Malone candle adds a touch of class to your home, and a delicious scent along with it! If candles aren’t up your street, there are plenty of other pleasant smelling gifts to choose from.
Scottish Fine Gifts
If you’re looking to pick up some last-minute gifts for friends or family back home, there’s no need to panic buy a Toblerone at duty free. Scottish Fine Gifts has a great selection of traditional Scottish products, homewares, and accessories that will show them you’ve been thinking about them during your trip. Alternatively, pick up yourself some unique momentos of your visit in the form of whiskies, clothes, or food to keep your memories alive.
Gone are the days of scrambling for change for a phone box to get in touch with friends when you arrive at the airport. These days, you can stroll off the plane and instantly connect to a Wi-Fi network on your own phone. Then you can send messages, let family know you’ve arrived, or even upload that all-important Facebook status. Edinburgh Airport offers two hours free Wi-Fi via the ‘Edinburgh Airport’ network, and if you need longer you can purchase additionally.
If you don’t have a mobile device you can also use a Surfbox internet terminal to get connected.