Food is a major footfall driver today in any of the malls and food courts that give single customers and entire families the option of a variegated choice of cuisines.
As such, food courts are often a primary reason for people to visit malls in the first place. Since they are usually on the top floor, customers are required to pass all floors below to access them. This increases the opportunities for impulse shopping. Food courts also boost overall sales because they offer panoramic views of what is available at the lower levels, thereby raising aspirational levels.