Dining | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


MCAD Cafe:

Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Self Serve Micro Market & Vending:

Open 24/7

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MCAD Café & Micro Market

When it comes to food, your options are pretty much endless. Whether you need a full meal or just a coffee, the MCAD Café has you covered. The Café 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, vegans, and gluten-free diners, to name a few. The staff is committed to using sustainable and ethical practices, such as recycling, composting, and cooking with locally produced products.  

A Micro Market is located in the Café and offers a wide variety of items including frozen pizza's, heat-and-serve meals, beverages, snacks, and sandwiches. The self-serve market is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Credit/debit cards and MCAD Café flex meal cards are accepted.

Resident Student Dining Plan

While MCAD’s residential apartments provide fully equipped kitchens, the college also has the Café on campus, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks during the academic year. There is also a self-serve Micro Market located in the Café which offers a wide variety of items including frozen pizzas, heat-and-serve meals, beverages, snacks, and sandwiches. 

Resident students are required to purchase a declining-balance dining plan, referred to as Dining Dollars, for use in the Café or Micro Market. The plan will be charged each semester along with tuition and MCAD apartment rent. Students have the option of choosing between two plans and may add funds to any plan at any time.

Options include:

  • $1,400 Dining Dollars each semester. This plan provides approximately 10 meals a week at $9 each. 
  • $2,000 Dining Dollars each semester. This plan provides approximately 14 meals a week at $9 each.

(Please keep in mind that this is an approximation and depends on how much each student actually spends and eats for a single meal.)

Non-Resident Student Dining Dollars

Even though you may not live on campus, you will undoubtedly spend a lot of time on campus. Make purchasing from the Café and Micro Market even easier by using the Chowit App. You will be able to check balances, add funds, place an online order at MCAD, and receive promotions and discounts.

Dining plan is subject to change

Food from the MCAD Cafe

Other Food Options

If you like to cook, there are convenient MCAD shuttles to nearby grocery stores. Campus is two blocks from the famous Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue, which boasts more than fifty destinations for eating out and grocery shopping. To name a few 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 

MCAD has established an Emergency Parachute Fund, generously supported by donors for current MCAD students. This fund provides limited financial assistance to meet essential expenses.

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