Time to spare at the airport? Swing by one of these spots before you take off.
Couldn’t get in to one of Shannon Bennett’s Melbourne restaurants? The city’s international airport has two Vue de Monde offshoots. Near the check-in counters at Terminal 2, the smaller Café Vue Express is perfect for a coffee and light bite, while past customs the larger Café Vue at Terminal 2 has runway views and Bennett favourites, including his barramundi burger with house fries. ￼
For a quick beauty fix, head to the spanking-new Amuse Beauty Studio at the T3 Qantas Domestic Terminal for complimentary express makeovers. You can pick up a gift at the same time – the luxury store offers everything from Hermès candles to Tom Ford fragrances. ￼
With more than 2000 titles, a top-30-books-of-the-week section and a cafe with communal-style benches and tables in dark wood, the Watermark Books & Café (+61 7 3860 6444) at Brisbane airport’s domestic terminal offers good reads and the best coffee at the airport (Campos). The menu, which might feature falafel sliders or chicken and asparagus quiche, changes every day.