The Go List

Vegan-Friendly Airports

Plant-power yourself to your next destination.

Vegan-Friendly Airports

Everything at San Francisco airport's Plant Cafe is made with exclusively 100 percent organic and local ingredients. Photo: Plant Cafe

In her new book, How to Be Vegan, first-time author Elizabeth Castoria offers 159 smart strategies and simple tips for every day life without animal products. "There are a lot of folks who still consider the plant-based lifestyle extreme, and I want to show the truth of it: that it's fun, easy, and fulfilling," she says.

When it comes to travel, Castoria argues veganism shouldn't be an obstacle to hitting the road. "There are vegan or veg-fiendly restaurants in every corner of the globe," she says. "There is no reason to think that your diet will somehow limit the places i the world that you can enjoy."

In this brief excerpt from How to Vegan, Castoria shares her favorite vegan-friendly airports—and foods you can rely on in not-so-vegan-friendly places.

Vegan-Friendly Airports

If you happen to fly into or out of or have a layover at one of these places, good news! Abundant delicious food awaits, before you even get to your actual destination.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Any major hub is going to have some hidden-gem vegan food, but JFK’s gems are right out in the open. Cibo Express Gourmet Market is a smorgasbord of sandwiches, wraps, noodles, juices, and baked goods. 

Newark Liberty International Airport

In 2012 the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine named Newark the healthiest U.S. airport for food. Shop the Cibo Express market in Terminal B for vegan snacks. 

O’Hare International Airport

Do you ever have a layover that isn’t in Chicago? O’Hare is an airport at which you can spend an undue amount of time, so finding food is key. This place also boasts Cibo Express markets, and don’t miss Burrito Beach—a Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options clearly marked—for something warm and filling.

San Francisco International

Even if you’re not flying out of Terminal 2 here, walk over to it and get yourself a burger at the Plant Cafe. This fantastic local mini-chain has a few locations throughout the city and offers travelers salads, juices, and cupcakes in addition to its delicious signature beet burger. 

Top Five Vegan Airport Treats

Energy bars, all varieties of nuts, and other overpriced-but-reliable goods are available at airports to ensure that you don’t starve to death en route. But beyond the basics, most airports offer a few items that are more like treats and less like basic survival. Here are five vegan airport indulgences.

Subscribe to Outside

Outside Magazine Latest Issue

Save 66% and get All-Access: Print + iPad

Not Now

Got Wanderlust?

Escape your daily grind with Outside’s best getaways.

Thank you!