Factors to Consider when Planning a Food Court Design

Important Considerations When Planning a Food Court Design Layout

As a full-service facility planning and management company in India, HPG Consulting provides end-to-end consultation for commercial spaces such as restaurants and hotels, with food court design layout being one of our forte. The first thing our consultants take into account before they start with a food court design is the location of the facility. Our F&B design consultants examine various factors such as customer profile, expected traffic, and environment surrounding the proposed food court. Delving deeper into the subject, in this post, we talk about some of the factors you need to consider when planning a food court design. Take a look.


The visibility of food outlets is an extremely important factor in food court designs. The kiosks or counters must be clearly visible for both planned and impulsive visitors. Is it therefore unadvisable to use shrubs and trees in and around food courts, as they may restrict the view of the visitors. Even if you use such elements for aesthetic reasons, make sure they do not block the outlets to an extent that customers are unable to notice them.

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Pedestrian Traffic

Foot traffic is the next factor that must be a part of your food court design. Food courts generally receive heavy footfall throughout the day, especially during lunch and dinner hours, and of course, no one wants to have their meal in an area jammed with people. That’s why it is essential to have an estimate of the expected footfall, when designing a food court, and accordingly  design all elements such as pathways and public amenities.


In the initial stages of designing a food court, you need to factor in the leasable space, which is the total space available to build the food court, and accordingly plan the catchment area (the sections from where you would expect the visitors to step in), space reserved for vendors and outlets, and other parts of the food court. In addition, you also need to keep some room for future expansion plans.

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Food courts can be of various shapes such as square, crescent, corridor, and cul-de-sac. Corridor type courts have outlets lined up on both the sides. Although quite cost effective for property owners and developers, they may appear to be dull to customers. The cul-de-sac types also have low installation costs, but they don’t leave room for expansion. Most developers these days, therefore, are turning towards clusters comprising multiple small food courts for their various benefits.

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A proper design plan is the backbone of every successful food court. In the ongoing battle for better, cheaper, and faster food services, no food business can take anything for granted if they are serious about outdoing their competitors. This is where we step in as a dependable partner for facility planning and management. If you looking for a food court design specialist, simply call +91-9311-202-627, or fill out our contact form and you will hear from us, shortly.