With the new semester, I’ve found myself with a schedule that leaves me with a lot of time to kill on campus between classes. Though school may have only just started, I’ve already grown tired of frequenting the same Starbucks every day, and my wallet is really feeling the pinch. This week I decided to kill two birds with one stone: explore as many student run cafés and restaurants as I could in order to find a place that I wouldn’t mind spending time in, and that wouldn’t hurt my wallet.
Diabolos Coffee Bar
After a hiatus last year, UC’s 50 year old student run cafe is back and better than ever. Diabolos’ space in UC’s Junior Common Room was recently renovated into a bright and airy one, dotted with ivy and tiny succulents. Diabolos specializes in espresso based drinks (all of which can be found under $3!), but also offers delicious locally baked cookies, kombucha, as well as vegetarian wraps and sandwiches.
Where to find it: Inside the Junior Common Room in University College
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Favourite Order: Cappuccino (and a soft ginger cookie)
Harvest Noon Café Co-Op
Harvest Noon is a student-run co-op café and restaurant. Their food is freshly prepared in house, locally sourced, and veggie/vegan friendly. Their space at the top of the Graduate Students Union Building is probably the most relaxing place I’ve been on campus. Giant windows fill the space with natural light and there are plenty of cozy bench seats. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. everyday, but make sure to arrive early! They sell out fast.
Where to find it: Top floor of the Graduate Students’ Union
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Favourite Order: Make sure to try their freshly baked bread.
Caffiends is an entirely volunteer run cafe housed in Old Vic, offering ridiculously cheap espresso based drinks, baked goods and $1 coffee! Their space is definitely a social one, but still quiet enough to grab a chair and study.
Where to find it: Inside of Old Vic (which is in the centre of Victoria College)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Favourite Order: Lychee and peach black tea latte
What’s your favourite student run place on campus? Let me know in the comments.