Best places to eat on campus

A blind donkey riding a unicycle can find a place to eat, but finding the perfect place to eat on Monash Caulfield campus can test even the most prominent of food connoisseurs. Below is my guide to navigating all of the main eating spots on campus to satisfy your hunger pangs throughout all hours of the day.

7-Eleven (★★★☆☆): - An international chain convenience store for all your needs, all day long.
Star Food: Chocolate chip Muffin or a Krispy Kreme donut.

Value for money (★★★★☆):
Average price $10. The food is very cheap but the quality matches.

Variety (★★★★★):
It has the largest selection of foods near Caulfield campus. There are vegan and gluten free options.

Location (★★☆☆☆):
450m from Building F.

Atmosphere (★★☆☆☆):
Only for short visits. There is some background music but you’ll be in and out before you realise.

Cleanliness (★★★★☆):
Well kempt minus a few stains present on the floor.

Demographic:
Students, lecturers and commuters.

Staff presentation & friendliness (★★★☆☆):
Staff are in uniform but not overly friendly.

Hours (★★★★★):
Overnight access as the store is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Bakery(★★★★☆): - Local bakery with a large selection of baked goods including tarts, slices, sandwiches and buns.
Star Food: Chicken Schnitzel sandwich or Hedgehog slice.

Value for money (★★★★★):
Average price $5. The sandwiches and slices are large for their price tag.

Variety (★★★★☆):
It has a large selection but they lack into gluten free options.

Location (★★☆☆☆):
500m from Building F.

Atmosphere (★★★☆☆):
No music and it can be loud when there are lots of people in the Caulfield plaza.

Cleanliness (★★★★☆):
There are a few stains along the floor but that is reliant on the Caulfield plaza cleaners.

Demographic:
Students and those looking for quick and cheap eats around lunchtime.

Staff presentation & friendliness (★★★★☆):
No uniform however staff are very friendly!

Hours (★★★★☆):
Peak hour: 7am-9am. It is open 7am-7pm everyday except Sunday.

Zambrero(★★★★☆): - Chain mexican restaurant in ‘Graze’ opposite the Green on campus.They also donate a meal whenever you purchase a meal.
Star Food: Classic Burrito with chipotle sauce.

Value for money (★★★☆☆):
Average price $11. The food quality is good however burritos are $14.

Variety (★★★★★):
They have options for all allergies and food preferences.

Location (★★★★☆):
220m from Building F.

Atmosphere (★★★★☆):
Great atmosphere within ‘Graze’ and has music playing throughout the day, it can get a little busy.

Cleanliness (★★★★★):
The whole of ‘Graze’ is regularly cleaned and the prep station is always clean.

Demographic:
Students and lecturers.

Staff presentation & friendliness (★★★☆☆):
Staff are well presented, the service is hit and miss though.

Hours (★★★☆☆):
Peak hour: 12pm-2pm. It is open 10:30am-6pm on weekdays.

Sable drop(★★★★☆): - Chic and modern cafe that opened earlier this year below building H.
Star Food: Egg and bacon roll with your favourite style of coffee.

Value for money (★★★☆☆):
Average price $15. The breakfast averages at $15 and bumps up to $18 for lunch. The food is great however it is pricey for students.

Variety (★★★★★):
They cater to all dietary needs and as previously stated have both breakfast and lunch menus.

Location (★★★★☆):
240m from Building F.

Atmosphere (★★★★★):
Great atmosphere that is perfect to eat and study with friends. It can be popular but music and lighting keeps the atmosphere relaxed.

Cleanliness (★★★★★):
Very well cleaned by the staff.

Demographic:
Study groups of students and lecturers.

Staff presentation & friendliness (★★★★☆):
Staff where uniforms and are well presented. The prep stations are clean.

Hours (★★★☆☆):
Peak hour: 12pm-2pm. It is open 7am-5pm on weekdays.


There are tons of places to eat within campus, but the four mentioned above represent some of the variety available at Caulfield. Overall, 7-Eleven is definitely the best value for money and is great for students who have deadlines due and need to stay late. On the other hand, Sable drop is a great place to grab breakfast or brunch and study with a group of friends if you have a few dollars to spare. The bakery can be a good option if you have a spare few minutes to walk the extra distance but be wary that they have a $10 minimum on eftpos. Finally, I’d recommend Zambrero for anyone who wants something quick and tasty, their meal donation is also a good way to justify the extra cost.