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The 5 Best Shops, Hidden Gems & Ways To Kill Time At La Guardia Airport

Peppered all around New York's La Guardia airport, you can find several unique spots that will transport you from all the hustle and bustle to a hidden oasis. From indulging in a decadent meal to treating yourself to a massage, we've scoured the airport to find the best hidden gems to help kill time no matter how long you're delayed.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

The Met Store
(The Met Store/Facebook)

Central Terminal, Food Court Near Concourse D
(718) 396-8594
Hours: Daily, 7:a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

You'll forget that you're at the airport the minute you step into the Met Store. It instantly creates a connection with the museum and with the world of art. Pick up distinctive gifts and souvenirs for your family and loved ones that are enjoyable, educational and inspirational. Plus, nearly all of the products offered at the Met Store are based on actual artwork that can be found at the museum.

Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar

Terminal C, Food Court
(718) 424-5693

Take a trip to Italy without ever leaving the airport, with a visit to Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar, part of the OTG portfolio. Enjoy a large selection of wines from around the world, while you nibble on authentic Italian cuisine made fresh daily and served in minutes. Sample several of the small plates like mussels with spicy sausage or ahi tuna with a medley of Tuscan olives. Escape from your delay with a delicious meal at Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar.

XpresSpa (two locations)

Terminal C, Across from Gate 15
(718) 205-2041

Terminal C, Main Food Court near Gate 1
(718) 672-1091
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XpresSpa is a little piece of tranquility among the chaos that comes with air travel. Remove all your stress by indulging in one of their many services, which includes everything from reflexology and massage therapy to facials, manis and pedis. And the best part is, you can do it all while you wait to board.


(credit: Afaze/Facebook)

Central Terminal, Near Concourse C
(718) 205-7193

Newly opened, Afaze will speak to fashionistas everywhere. This accessories sanctuary caters to those in search of the latest trends, with its huge assortment of jewelry, scarves, handbags and sportswear that won't break your budget.

Todd English's Figs Restaurant

Figs Flatbread Pizza
(credit: Figs)

Central Terminal, between Concourse B & C on the first floor
(718) 446-7600
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

From acclaimed chef, Todd English, Figs Restaurant offers award-winning Mediterranean cuisine like white bean soup and fig and prosciutto flatbread pizza. Here' a spot where you can relax and enjoy a fabulous meal if you are the "get to the airport super-early type" or when you're flight is unexpectedly delayed.

Traci Tournoux is a freelance writer living in New York. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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