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Most of us understand the struggle of finding nutritious meal options in airports. However, the San Francisco Bay Area airports offer a pleasant surprise when it comes to healthy eating choices.

Whether you’re passing through San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), or San Jose International Airport (SJC), you’ll find an array of delightful options that cater to health-conscious individuals. Let’s explore the healthy eating gems hidden within these airports, ensuring your journey begins with nourishing and delicious food choices.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

SFO is a haven for health-conscious travelers, with a plethora of healthy eating options. Start your day with a wholesome breakfast at a café like Napa Farms Market, offering fresh fruit bowls, organic oatmeal, and artisanal yogurt parfaits. For lunch, head to The Plant Café Organic for their delectable salads, made with locally sourced ingredients. If you’re craving a quick snack, swing by the Peet’s Coffee kiosks for fresh fruit cups or protein-packed trail mix.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

OAK is committed to providing travelers with healthy food choices. Vietnamese restaurant Tay Ho, the beloved Oakland Chinatown eatery, offers an abbreviated version of their main menu with pho, vermicelli bowls, banh mi all made with the freshest ingredients. “I don’t eat any processed food, but I find myself doing that when I travel, said owner Denise Huynh. “And so, I just wanted to bring in something that’s healthy and fresh. Why does it have to be bad food when you travel? Why does it have to be fast food when you travel?” Peet’s Coffee locations in both terminals offer healthy grab-and-go options, as well.

San Jose International Airport (SJC)

SJC is dedicated to offering travelers a range of healthy eating alternatives. Visit the Terminal B to find health-conscious options such as Sushi Boat, where you can savor fresh sushi and Japanese cuisine with many vegan and vegetarian options. The popular Mediterranean eatery, The Farmers Union, also offers a variety of fresh and wholesome options like Greek salads and roasted vegetable plates. For a quick pick-me-up, stop by Starbucks for their protein boxes or Greek yogurt parfaits or Jamba for made-to-order smoothies and a wide selection of health-conscious drinks, protein-packed snacks and grab n’ go items.


Embarking on a journey doesn’t mean compromising your commitment to a healthy lifestyle, especially when passing through the San Francisco Bay Area airports. With a multitude of eateries focusing on nourishing and delicious fare, you can fuel up with nutritious options that keep you feeling your best. Bon voyage and bon appétit!


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