A food court
is a plaza that is contiguous with the counters of multiple food vendors and provides a common area for self-serve dining. Food courts may be found in shopping malls
, and in various regions (such as Asia and Africa) may be a standalone development.
The average cost of a meal per person in an American food court is $6.
Food courts consist of a number of food stalls. Meals are ordered at one of the stalls and then carried to a common dining area. Typical Western world
vendors are McDonald's
; Asian and African food court vendors offer local cuisine. In Singapore
, food courts and hawker centers are the people's main eating choice when dining out. Many food courts have several shops which sell prepared meals for shoppers to take home and reheat, making the food court a daily stop for some shoppers.
Common materials used in constructing food courts are tile, linoleum, Formica, stainless steel, and glass, all of which facilitate easy cleanup.