Whether you are living in residence or off-campus, finding a place to eat at McMaster is simple and convenient. At our various dining locations on campus, vegetarian choices, international food menus, nutritious options as well as quick snacks are offered to accommodate the diversity of student needs. Most food stations provide fresh, made-to-order selections. A sampling of the places you can eat at on campus is listed below.
We are pleased to offer you the ease and convenience of our Mac Express Plans. This means you no longer have to worry about carrying cash. You can use your Mac Express meal plan to pay for purchases at all Hospitality Services locations on campus or at one of our local off-campus vendors including: East Side Mario’s, Pita Pit, Basilique, Boston Pizza, Pizza Pizza, Gino’s Pizza, Subway, Ye Olde Squire, Taro, Kuma’s Candy, Rawlicious, The Works Burger and Twelve Eighty.
If you are planning on attending McMaster in September, please visit hospitality.mcmaster.ca for detailed information on meal plan prices, dining facilities and our daily/weekly menus.
Debit Card System
The convenient and secure Mac Express Meal Plans for residence students save you up to 13% on your food purchases, and work on a flexible debit card system. A meal plan holder can decide when to eat, what to eat and how much to spend based on one’s choice at any locations during operating hours by McMaster University Hospitality Services.
Booster Juice | McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) McMaster Booster Juice is a juice and smoothie bar dedicated to providing you with the premium smoothie experience. Its products are energetic, fun, natural and downright addictive – perfect for today’s healthy, active lifestyles.
Booster Juice has carefully crafted over 26 different varieties of smoothies which are packed with the highest quality fruit and natural sorbet, combined with 100% pure juice, live-cultured yogurt and an herbal/nutritional booster. In fact, most of Booster Juice’s smoothies contain over four servings of fruit (a whole day’s worth!) and less than one gram of fat.
Developed from a student-based initiative, this unique vegetarian/vegan location caters to the ideological and religious dietary needs of the McMaster community. Bridges Cafè recognizes the importance of a vegetarian lifestyle to the diverse and increasing members of the McMaster Community. This beautifully decorated location in the Refectory Building provides a stylish and relaxed location to study or enjoy company while grabbing a tasty meal. The vibrant and warm atmosphere with wireless internet and comfortable furniture will make Bridges a frequent stop for your favourite meals.
bymac | David Braley Athletic Centre
Located inside the state-of-the-art athletic center upper balcony. It includes a full Booster Juice menu, Rejuvenates, and a healthy selection of workout drinks, salads and sandwiches.
Cafè One | Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
This bustling little coffee shop provides a self-serve Tim Horton’s that offers a variety of grab-and-go snacks, beverages and baked goods.
CaFFeINe, the elements | Burke Science Building, 1st floor
Not only is CaFFeINe itself unique, but the name of this location was formulated by a McMaster University Student. This exciting location offers students and faculty tasty snacks as well as specialty drinks from Van Houtte. CaFFeINe also allows you to enjoy a comfortable place to lounge while having a break.
CENTRO | Commons Building, 2nd floor
Voted one of the Top Dining Halls in Canada, located in the heart of the North Quad, this diverse marketplace offers varied choices and satisfies all appetites through its healthy food, theme dinners, international cuisine and delectable dessert options. It’s popular stations include an a la carte station offering hot entrées during lunch and dinner; Bamboo offers Asian cuisine highlighting regions such as Japan and Shanghai; The Sammich Deli and Centre Stage provide a variety of sandwiches and savory menu items; PasNoodle and Mama Ganouch serve up meals with an Italian and Mediterranean flair; Gourmet Burgers and great salad bar make it hard to pass up this location!
E-Cafè | Engineering Technology Building
This is McMaster University’s first Eco-Friendly Cafè. This counter service Cafè offers a wide range of fare from an early morning all day breakfast to the comfortable tastes of a home-made lunch. This friendly cafè offers organic fair trade coffee, espresso and fruit infused smoothies. E-Cafè is about comfort and offers spacious seating with an ample amount of daylight. We are committed to providing you with great customer service and beautifully prepared fresh and healthy tasting food.
East Meets West Bistro | Mary E. Keyes residence ñ Main Floor
This restaurant embraces fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Set in a beautiful 2-story glass atrium allowing natural lighting, it offers all the qualities of an upscale experience with the convenience of an on-campus location. It features simple, flavour focused, multicultural cuisine prepared in 3 open kitchens while you relax in an airy dining room. We use ocean-friendly choices for our seafood dishes. Our burgers are made from location beef raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics and we use organic dough for all our pizzas. The authentic Asian cuisine is made with passion and inspiration using top-quality ingredients.
IAHS Cafè | Institute Applied Health Science Building
This bustling cafè offers a variety of healthy grab-and-go snacks including fresh deli salads and sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit for our customers in a hurry. Our “Hot on the Go” gives you the option of homemade lasagna, mac and cheese, Jamaican patties and much more. Enjoy one of our six freshly made mini pizzas from our Pizza Pizza oven. IAHS offers specialty salads, or build one yourself from our “Greens on the Go” station. At “From the Deli” we offer unique flavoured wraps, sandwiches and subs. PASTAbilities is a new addition to our Cafè offering a unique way to build your own pasta.
La Piazza | McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC)
Located in the hub of the Student Centre which encapsulates the essence of campus dining and student activity. With diverse menu’s including daily specials, Halal options, homemade comfort foods, fresh ingredients, meals prepared right before your eyes and a Slam Dunk All-Day Breakfast, there is always something for everyone. At Creation X, students can watch their selections being prepared right before their eyes while Maple Leaf’s Hammertown Deli will entice you with numerous fresh and delicious sandwiches. The aroma of Bakery Magnifique will also tempt you with its gourmet baked goods prepared fresh onsite.
Fireball Cafè | John Hodgins Engineering Building
This convenient location is the home of the infamous Texas Frito Pie! Our quaint little cafè offers, students, faculty and staff a chance to grab a quick and enjoyable snack on their way across campus. You can find 4 varieties of freshly brewed Van Houtte coffee, delivered daily Country Style doughnuts and muffins, cold beverages, and sweet and savory pastries. Fireball Cafè has a number of healthy grab-and-go options and we proudly serve in-house deli fresh sandwiches, daily soups and salads, as well as yogurt and fruit parfaits.
The name says it all! Starbucks pastries and freshly prepared sandwiches are made with high quality and simple ingredients. All the goodness you taste is real food simple and delicious, which you can enjoy chilled or warmed. Our amazing coffee from around the world and the handcrafted beverages over conversation is just one of the many features our Starbucks has to offer. Be sure to stop by and see our newly renovated Starbucks located in the Student Centre.
The Reactor Cafè | H.G. Thode Library
Busy studying hard at Thode Library? Take a break at the Reactor! Reactor features the Eco-Friendly Marley Coffee and their unique blend of espresso, which is a perfect complement to the mouth-watering baked goods and specialty cakes offered. The Reactor offers light lunches and snacks including Panini’s, daily soups & salads and much more. Reactor also has unique crafted cold beverages and smoothies for a refreshing take on the day! The reactor has everything you need to keep your studying diligent with the “foods that fuel your brain”.
Teriyaki Experience | McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC)
Come join the Teriyaki Experience located in the Student Centre. Our specialty Chefs are offering foods made with Japanese simplicity and healthier food preparation. By cooking with only water, not oil, fat and calories are minimized and flavour is maximized. The results are great tasting meals that are delicious and well-balanced. Check out our amazing team, enjoy the Teriyaki Experience and don’t forget to try a freshly made sushi or spring roll with that!
My Mini Mac | Mary E. Keyes Residence
For students on the go, My Mini Mac, located right beside East Meets West Bistro in the Mary Keyes Residence Building, offers a variety of fast and healthy pitas from Needa Pita as well as delicious beverages and pastries from Tim Hortons. It’s an excellent and welcoming location for those seeking convenience and variety. This location also offers a multiplicity of unique and appetizing grab-and-go snacks and beverages that will certainly fulfill everyone’s appetites!
Tim Hortons | McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC)
Specializing in always fresh products, value and great service makes it a popular place to grab a coffee and quick snack. Stop by one of our Tim Horton’s locations on campus to fulfill those cravings!
Williams Fresh Cafè | Health Sciences Building
Fresh says it all! Williams Fresh Cafè is located in the Hamilton Health Sciences Building conveniently on the first and second floor. Our downstairs location features all-day breakfast, pressed artisan sandwiches and wraps, Rice Boxes and an amazing assortment of in Williams freshly made salads. Our fruit infused smoothies and Handcrafted Sodas are amazing and refreshing any time of the year! Williams Fresh Cafè offers Organic Fair Trade as well as Williams Signature Blend coffee both downstairs and upstairs. Williams Fresh Cafè has designed the upstairs location into a decadent dessert, milkshake and waffle bar. The comfortable sofas and chairs make this an enjoyable experience whether you are studying or just enjoying a break with friends. Be sure to stop by either upstairs or downstairs. No one does it “Fresh” like Williams Fresh Cafè!