Food Plaza consist of a number of vendors at food stalls or service counters. Meals are ordered at one of the vendors and then carried to a common dining area in Food Plaza. The food may also be ordered as takeout for consumption at another location, such as a home, or workplace in Food Plaza. In this case, it may be packaged in foam food containers, though one common food tray used by all the stalls might also be utilitzed to allow the food to be carried to the table. Food plaza may also have shops which sell prepared meals for consumers to take home and reheat, making the food plaza a daily stop for some.
Typical North American and European food plaza have mostly fast food chains. Cuisines and choices are varied, with larger food plaza offering more global choices. Asian and African food plaza's are mostly private vendors that offer local cuisine.