Dining | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Close up photo of a greek bowl at MCAD

MCAD Cafe 

When it comes to food, your options are pretty much endless. Whether you need a full meal or just a coffee, the MCAD Cafe has you covered. The Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the academic year, offering a wide variety of fresh food options. The staff can accommodate those with special dietary needs and preferences, including vegetarians, vegan, and gluten-free diners, to name a few. The Cafe is passionate about using sustainable and ethical practices, such as recycling, composting, and cooking with locally produced products. 

Students who live in MCAD housing are required to buy a declining balance meal card, providing a convenient method to pay for meals. 

Resident Student Food Plan

While MCAD’s residential apartments provide fully equipped kitchens, MCAD also has an on-campus cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on weekdays during the academic year. To promote healthy eating habits, new incoming resident students are required to purchase a $600 per semester declining-balance food plan to be used in the MCAD Cafe. The plan will be charged each semester along with tuition and MCAD apartment rent. Students may choose to add additional funds to the minimum plan.

Food from the MCAD Cafe

Other Food Options

If you like to cook, convenient campus shuttles make regular trips to nearby grocery stores. MCAD's on-campus apartments offer full kitchens, including refrigerators, ovens, and stovetops.

If you like to eat out or cook in, campus is two blocks from the famous Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue, which boasts more than fifty destinations for eating out or grocery shopping. To name a few stores within walking distance of MCAD's campus:

  • Aldi Foods
    2601 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • Shuang Hur Supermarket Minneapolis
    2712 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • The Wedge Co-op
    2105 Lyndale Ave South 
    Minneapolis, MN 55405

Here are just a few of students’ favorite food spots:

Food Support 

Some of these costs can cause stress and impact your academic success and personal well-being. Help comes in a variety of forms. 

MCAD has established an Emergency Student Assistance Fund, generously supported by a group of board members and supporters. Available to current MCAD students, this fund provides limited financial assistance to students who are unable to meet essential expenses. 

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