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Airport Eats: What to Expect at the St. Thomas Airport

Leaving the St. Thomas airport is never fun.

This story was originally posted Nov. 3, 2022. 

Let’s get straight to it, shall we? Today we’re talking about food and drink at the St. Thomas airport.

Leaving St. John is never easy. Hanging out at the St. Thomas airport isn’t super fun either. But I am happy to tell you that the US Virgin Islands has been making small improvements when it comes to the airport’s food and drink game, a much-welcomed change.

For starters, when you arrive inside the airport terminal (after going through Customs and security), you will see that there is not a single chain restaurant inside the Cyril E. King airport on St. Thomas. Instead we have just a handful of options, including one grab and go restaurant, a couple of bars and some kiosks. Check them out:

Hibiscus Cafe

Hibiscus Cafe is the main restaurant inside the St. Thomas airport. It’s a grab and go spot, although there are some made to order items. (There isn’t table service here or anywhere inside the St. Thomas airport.) Breakfast is particularly good, as you create your own omelette, and the portion size is huge. They also offer Johnny cakes, croissants and the like during breakfast. Lunch features great soup, burgers and fries, as well as some local dishes. You can also take advantage of the grab and go section that features yogurts, sandwiches and salads, among other things. The crispy chicken salad is particularly good, and is typically my go-to item when I’m flying out in the afternoon.

Grab and Go inside Hibiscus Cafe

There is also a full bar inside Hibiscus Cafe. It opens at 11 a.m. daily. Looking for an adult beverage prior to that? You can grab a cold beer from the cooler earlier in the morning. And no judgement if you do! haha

The bar at Hibiscus Cafe

Airport Bar & Rum Room

Speaking of bars, the new-ish Airport Bar & Rum Room is a great addition to the St. Thomas airport in my opinion. It’s located in the far right corner when you walk inside the terminal, beside the hallway to the Spirit Airlines departure gate.

The Airport Bar & Rum Room

This spot has a full bar, plus additional seating. You can sit and have a drink or two (or three…again, no judgement!), or you can grab some duty-free liquor to take back home with you.

I love this little bar!

Island Grind

Another newer spot that is a great addition to the airport is Island Grind, which is located somewhat in the center of the terminal, but closer to the American, Delta and JetBlue gates. This is a coffee and wine bar, but it also offers a variety of grab and go food options. And I have to say, they really look good, especially the morning pastries.

Island Grind is a coffee and wine bar at the St. Thomas airport.

Morning pastries at Island Grind
Grab and go at Island Grind – And they’re clearly kept in a cold case.

Rounding out our food options at the airport are two snack bar kiosks and a gift shop. The gift shop has sodas, snack items and a variety of souvenirs.

The Galley snack bar kiosk
The gift shop at the St. Thomas airport

And for those of you who are curious, yes, there is free wifi at the St. Thomas airport.

That’s all I have for you today, folks! A few more tidbits to make your St. John vacation easier to navigate. Have a great day!


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