The efficient return procedures for car hire in Shannon Airport regularly leave customers with more lead-in ahead of their flight than they anticipate. Luckily, the terminal's extensive shopping and dining facilities make it easy to cope with a bit of unplanned free time.
Restaurants and cafés have been strategically placed around the terminal to cater for passengers as well as for those who drop them off or pick them up. Perched on the first floor and overlooking the check-in area are the Estuary Café and Marsh Point Bar. These are most convenient for departing passengers, with one or the other open from 05:30 to 18:00. Farther in is The Segafredo, a fast-service restaurant that caters for transit passengers looking for sandwiches, coffee, baked goods and other items that can be picked up on the spot.
Presiding over the departures lounge and open 24 hours, the Sheridan Food Pub is named after Joe Sheridan, former chef at Shannon Airport and creator of the ‘Irish coffee' cocktail. Finally, the Atlantic Coffee Company greets passengers in the Arrivals Hall, near the desks offering car rental in Shannon Airport.
On the retail end of the spectrum, The Loop is the centrepiece of in-terminal shopping and offers the best selection of duty-free merchandise. A Londis Shop is stationed in the Arrivals Hall, where it sells reading material, travel accessories and snacks. There's a WHSmith bookstore in the same area, and another in the departures lounge, while Glen Aran Irish Markets occupies a corner on the first floor and deals mainly in handicrafts and folk art.