6 reasons LAX is one of the coolest airports in the world

Jul 22 2019, 1:48 pm

You’re all set for your trip. Bags are packed, itinerary is complete, and you have little to no worries for the next week. Or so you thought …

Reality checks in, complete with pre-trip anxiety that includes waiting for takeoff and going through security at arguably the most un-sexy part of any vacation — the airport.

Well, it’s time to change that reality.

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We know you’ve heard about London Heathrow, Dubai International, Bangkok International … but one of the world’s best kept secrets is right here in North America — LAX.

Over the last few years, Los Angeles International Airport has undergone serious changes to open its space and add more to eat, see, and do – so whether your flight is delayed or you have a layover, you’ll have no shortage of options. You likely won’t even feel like you’re in an airport at all.

With more than 60 premier dining and luxury retail shops, including 22 local LA brands and world-class amenities with sustainable, eco-friendly features – it’s practically a mini vacation within a vacation.

Below are a few highlighted options to try, certified by Los Angeles Tourism.

Urth Café and Bar

Location: Terminal 1

Organic espresso, butternut squash-and-ricotta pizza—what more could you ask for? The open, clean white wood aesthetic provides this beautiful café the “not at the airport” vibe you’ve been searching for and was named the best Airport Coffee, Tea, and Non-Alcoholic beverage shop of the year at the FAB 2019 Awards. On your way out, make sure to grab the Traveller Blend, an exclusive to LAX.

PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers) program

Location: Throughout LAX

Puppies have a track record of relieving all kinds of anxiety and stress. For many, flying is an anxiety-provoking and stressful situation. Perfect pair? We think so too—and so does LAX. In fact, around the world, doggy programs are being increasingly enforced as a form of stress relief and therapy—from workplaces to schools, and now to airports.

Bell Tower & Air Garden

Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Chances are you’re aware that Los Angeles is a hub for arts and culture. So, it comes as no surprise that their International Airport has no shortage of art. Catching your eye at almost every turn, you’ll find interesting works rotating on the ceilings and sprawled throughout the halls. Check out LA-based artist, Mark Brandford’s Bell Tower and Ball-Nogues Air Garden for a real treat for the eyes.

Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar

Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal

This chic bar is a pinnacle feature of LAX, with luxurious plates and glasses of bubbly to tie you over for as long as you wish. If airplane food isn’t up to your standards, their gourmet on the god, “Picnic in the Sky” options are here to make your flight a little more relaxing and enjoyable.

GRAMMY Museum exhibit 

The GRAMMY Museum exhibit showcases five authentic Grammy awards until the end of 2019. If the entertainment world is your thing, check out these awards in person while learning about the history of the world-famous award show.

Location: Terminal 2

James’ Beach 

Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal

This unique, local Los Angeles eatery offers an assortment of tacos, salads, appetizers, and, of course, cocktails. Take a seat at the bar-like area and rid yourself of the daunting reminder that your flight home was just delayed by two hours — rather, think of it as your trip being extended.

The atmosphere of the international airport parallels that of the city’s, incorporating artistic, trendy and cultural elements to make it truly LA-esque. With the growing number of places to eat, activities to do, and things to see, LAX is quickly becoming one of the top airports across the globe.