5 On-Campus Cafes You Should Know About


COUPA CAFE (Golf Course)

The Coupa Cafes at engineering quad and Green are great options for grabbing a quick bite and coffee, but consider heading to the Coupa by the golf course to set up shop for the day and look out onto the picturesque view. It’s a nice change of scenery, and has a very spacious inside. The only downside, however, is that the menu is more limited than the other Coupa menus found across Stanford.

Munch: The breakfast burrito. Sip: Almond latté, cold brew or mimosas on the weekend!. Best seat in the house: One of the wooden tables outside. Crowd: Quiet. Bike time from Tressider: 9 minutes.

 

GSB

The Arbuckle Dining Pavilion is a grad student favorite. It has the most options out of any of the on-campus locations featured on this list. It lies at the heart of the GSB, and is surrounded with outdoor dining tables, perfect for a sunny day. The inside is spacious. All in all, it’s a great spot to get some quality food and engage in some people watching.

Munch: Rotating options, try the salad bar or the free market grill. Sip: Lots of good brand options (and one of the few places that serves Coca Cola, not Pepsi!). Best seat: Outside when sunny. Crowd: Always busy, but the lines move quickly! Bike time from Tressider: 3 minutes.

LATHROP

Lathrop Cafe is located in the basement of Lathrop, under the 24-hr study room. It’s the perfect space to grab lunch while finishing a problem set thanks to the spacious table options. Meet a friend for a quick bite in between classes, or isolate yourself in one of the comfortable pod-like seats.

Munch: The croissants or the veggie pizza. Sip: An espresso or one of the many juices. Best seat: The pod seats. Crowd: Mildly busy. Bike time from Tressider: 2 minutes. 

RAY'S

Ray’s Grill is very similar to TreeHouse, which isn’t surprising considering the two actually have the same owner. Ray’s is located at the cusp of Escondido Village and is a staple for residents in Mirrielees, Rains, and beyond. It has almost all of the same offerings as TreeHouse, but is less busy and even has a great outdoor seating option.

Munch: The teriyaki chicken bowl or the cheese fries. Sip: The mango lassi. Best seat: Out front by Escondido Road. Crowd: Quiet. Bike time from Tressider: 4 minutes

RUSSO CAFE

Russo Cafe is across from Munger Market in the Rehnquist Courtyard. Highly frequented by graduate students and easily missed by undergraduates strolling past, this campus food spot has a variety of options that rotate daily and is conveniently located for east campus folks. The best part? It takes meal plan dollars!

Munch: The grilled chicken sandwich or the chef’s dish of the day. Sip: Lemon waterBest seat: Outside, under the palm trees. Crowd: Mildly busy. Bike time from Tressider: 3 minutes.

BONUS #6 !!! TOOTSIE'S

A hidden oasis between the med school and the Stanford Hospital, Tootsie’s is a charming option that’s on the edge of campus, but still feels far away from Stanford’s hustle and bustle. We recommend heading to Tootsie’s for a delicious brunch with your friends, or stopping by in the early AM before classes to grab a pastry (they sell out fast!).

Munch: Bombolini for breakfast on weekends, and the Porchetta sandwich for any other visit. Sip: A great selection of coffees and teas. Best seat: Outside! It’s spring quarter, guys! Crowd: Usually busy, expect slow service. Bike time from Tressider: 7 minutes.

By: Margaux Giles
Photography By: Kelli Santos

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