The Traveler’s Guide to the Philadelphia International Airport

The airport likely sits low on your list of favorite places, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your experience while waiting for your flight. Whether you’re in a hurry or waiting out a long layover, this guide to the Philadelphia International Airport will show you where, and how, you can spend your time.

Enjoy Some Down Time

If you have a long layover, or simply arrived with plenty of time to spare before your flight, there are many options at PHL.

Best Restaurant: Vino Volo (Terminal A – West, Terminal B, B/C Connector, D/E Connector)

Vino Volo has four locations in PHL, which makes it incredibly convenient. Even better: each location also offers free wi-fi.

Vino Volo serves a clean, classic Italian fare that Philadelphia Eater calls “exponentially better than most everything else in the airport.” Many praise Vino Volo for its excellent wine selection and its chic, upscale design.

Best Bar: Jet Rock Grill (Terminal B, Terminal D)

Jet Rock Grill earns the title of “best bar” thanks to an impressive beer collection. With 48 great beers on tap, including old standbys and elegant craft selections, there’s no reason to grab a drink anywhere else in the airport.

Best Shopping: Johnston & Murphy (Terminal B/C)

Specializing in high-end apparel and accessories for men and women, Johnston & Murphy is the kind of store a shopper can get lost in. Browse dress shirts and jackets, finely crafted shoes, and quality leather and canvas luggage.

Bonus: Art At The Airport

Since 1998, PHL’s Exhibitions Program has mounted exciting works of visual art throughout the airport. These rotating exhibitions have featured everything from cellular biology, to classic movie posters, to the ceramic sculptures of Don Nakamura. If you have the time, tracking down a few of the pieces in the airport is certainly worthwhile.

Heading Straight To The Gate?

If you don’t have tons of time there are still a few quick stops you might want to make on your way to the gate.

Best Quick Cafe: Guava & Java (Terminal B)

Named one of the seven best airport coffee shops in the world by Thrillist, Guava & Java brews single-origin blends from Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, and other established coffee countries. Not looking for a cup of coffee? Grab a smoothie, sandwich, or pastry.

Best Quick Bite: CIBO Express Market (Terminal C)

CIBO’s small market is designed to get customers their orders efficiently, so they don’t miss their flights. Stop in quickly for an organic snack and choose from sandwiches, salads, wraps, and even to-go fruit and cheese plates. Travelers often point to CIBO as the best food in the airport — even ranking it higher than sit-down restaurants.

Best Quick Shop: B-Iconic (Terminal E)

Want to pick up a gift or souvenir before boarding the plane? B-Iconic stocks chic jewelry, handbags, scarves, ties, and other accessories. It’s easy enough to drop in, buy a great bracelet, and be on your way in 10 minutes or less.

The next time you find yourself in PHL, remember these places. They’ll turn your visit into an enjoyable excursion.