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Food & Dining

Everybody has to eat. Luckily, New Haven offers lots of great choices, both off and on campus. 
Among foodies, the city is best known for its thin-crust, wood-fired pizza (locally known as “apizza”), available at several rival establishments in town. Beyond pizza, there’s an extraordinary array of award-winning restaurants in walking distance of campus that serve cuisine from around the world. If you prefer to cook your own meals, there are supermarkets and gourmet groceries as well as farmers’ markets year-round. Are you in a hurry? Stop by one of the food trucks. If you’re looking for something comforting and simple, like a salad, soup or a sandwich, you’re only a short walk from a cafe, and there area dozens of coffee and tea shops, too

On-Campus Dining

  • Yale Hospitality sells Graduate Lunch Meal Plans to use at on-campus retail lunch facilities and coffee shops. Yale has options for people who are omnivorous, vegetarian/vegan, and kosher, with an emphasis on organic, local, and sustainable foods.
  • Eli Bucks is a points plan that eliminates the need to carry cash and provides discounted campus dining at the Medical School Cafe, Yale Science Building, Bass Library Thain Cafe, School of Management Cafe, and many other locations. 
    • Note: access to Yale College dining halls is limited to those who are accompanied by someone with access to that undergraduate college.
  • The McDougal Graduate Student Center, which is open year-round at 135 Prospect Street, offers free coffee, tea and water - just remember to bring your own mug (BYOM). Many graduate students eat their lunches, brought from home or purchased from the food carts nearby, inside the air-conditioned McDougal Graduate Student Center or at one of its outdoor spaces. 

Off-Campus Options

Food Shopping/Grocery Stores

  • Several larger grocery stores are available in the City of New Haven, including Super Stop & Shop, Elm City Market, Edge of the Woods Natural Market, family-owned Ferraro’s Market and CTown, with a wide variety of smaller neighborhood and global food markets. 
    • The Yale Weekend Daytime Blue Line Shuttle goes to Super Stop & Shop on Whalley Avenue hourly.
    • Peapod by Stop & Shop offers home grocery delivery service on your schedule.
    • Surrounding towns and suburbs have grocery stores like ShopRite, Big Y, Savalot and Trader Joe’s, as well as Super Walmart, Target, BJs, and Costco. Get there by car, zipcar, ride-share or public transit bus.
  • CitySeed hosts seasonal farmer’s markets throughout New Haven where you can purchase local produce, baked goods, meat and dairy items, and more. 
  • Whether you’re an international student looking for a taste of home or an adventurous do-it-yourself cook, check out the helpful guide to Grocery Shopping in New Haven with maps, compiled by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) staff.


  • Info New Haven lists many places to grab a bite (or have it delivered) downtown.
  • The Shops at Yale (TSAY) are a collection of places to shop and dine near campus in the Broadway-York, Historic Chapel Street and Audubon-Whitney areas. Many TSAY retailers offer student discounts.
  • Food trucks offer a wide variety of global foods at very reasonable prices. They congregate at two locations on the Yale campus, but can also be found throughout the city. The main clusters are:
    • Near Science Hill at Ingalls Rink, on the corner of Sachem St. and Prospect St. 
    • On the Medical School campus, on Cedar St.
    • Long Wharf on the Harbor
  • Yelp and Trip Advisor offer reviews of the many excellent restaurants in New Haven
  • Check out Visit New Haven for more food options.