Describe a food court you have been to - Cue Card # 623

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a food court you have been to.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what types of food it offers
  • what it looks like

and explain how popular this food court is.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Sample Answer 1:

Thank you very much for this topic. I will tell you about a food court where I have been to many times and also explain why it is popular among visitors besides mentioning where it is located, what it looks like and what types of food are served by them.

Being built at the top floor of one of the most famous shopping malls in my home town, the food court attracts thousands of customers every day not only from my home town but also out of the town. Why? Well, the answer is obvious. They all want to enjoy a bite of their favourite food after finishing their shopping spree.

Taking the entire top floor, the food court sits on an area of about ten thousand square feet with more than fifty restaurants and fast food corners which serves pretty much all kinds of foods. If you are in a mood to spend some quality times with your friends and families over some formal dinners at an Italian, Chinese or Indian restaurant, you can certainly do so. But, if you are in a hurry and want some quick food and snacks, you can always grab a burger or sandwich from a McDonalds or Burger King. Whenever I visit this food court, I always find that the place is occupied with hundreds of customers, eating their favourite food while making “clicking” sound of their spoons hitting the plates. In fact, the food court looks pretty much like a giant “food market” to me with a very organized sitting arrangement, having tables and chairs all around the food court for individuals and groups alike. 

Just by looking at the size of the crowds at the food court, it can be said that the food court is very popular not only among the city dwellers but also among the people from outside of the city. This is a very popular food court also because this doesn’t just attract the shoppers, who come to the mall for shopping, but it also attracts those people, young and old alike, who visit the food court only to eat their favourite food. Some even come just to “see” the grand looking food court!


 

Model Answer 2:

I am grateful to you for this nice topic. I will try to tell you about a food court where I have been to several times and enjoyed the food and service they provide. I often meet my friends at this very place and I believe it is quite popular among the local residents.

To begin with, this food court is on the sixth floor of a shopping complex which is only 15 minutes drive away from my living place. So naturally, it is easy for me to reach there whenever I want!

These days, food courts and fast food shops are springing up all over the place - they are even spreading across the residential area and are quite famous among local inhabitants. The food court I am talking about occupies the entire 6th floor and has more than 25 stalls selling all sorts of local food, international cuisine, different types of deserts and drinks.

Last month I went there with two of my friends to enjoy a meal and we had a large pizza and a few glasses of smoothies. Different stalls in this food court mainly offer rice, fish, chicken, mutton, naan roti, kebab, soups, spring onions, and a variety of sushi as traditional Chinese cuisine, and different other western food. Pizza and steak are perhaps famous among youngsters and rice & soup among adults. These shops open early in the morning and serve food to customers till 10.00 pm.

This place looks like any other traditional food court in our city but it has a far better sitting arrangement. All these shops give free samples to attract new customers and they often offer a special menu to regular customers. From a distance, it looks packed, especially during the lunch hours, but once you're there to enjoy your meal, you will notice a vibrant and lively vibe, full of young people enjoying their food and their animated conversations.

From the number of people go there each day, one can say that it is quite a popular food court. If you are ever there, the busy waiters and the sound of the cash registers would give you an impression that a large number of people like to have their meals at this place. Foreign tourists who like to enjoy local food at a reasonable price often pick this location, perhaps they find this place from Google Local and Foursquare. From my experience, I can say that it’s a popular place to enjoy meals and drinks and to hang out with friends.

 
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