Across campus, there are no lack of places to grab a bite if you’re opting for something other than a dining hall. Here are a selection of some of the best eateries near and around Penn:

Breakfast food:

The grab-and-go options are Lyn’s, Bui’s and Schmear It food trucks near the Quadrangle and Metropolitan Bakery on Walnut Street just past 40th Street. Around 37th and Spruce streets, HubBub is a more traditional coffee shop with croissants, bagels and donuts.

A sit-down breakfast can be found at Greek Lady on 40th Street near Locust, a former food truck that acts as a diner. When not acting as a destination of choice for drunk students, Allegro at 40th and Spruce streets also serves breakfast food.

Sabrina’s Cafe on 34th and Powelton streets and White Dog Cafe, just off Sansom near 34th Street, are perfect for a more expensive, Instagram-worthy brunch choice. Both places are within walking distance of campus.

Lunch and dinner:

Sweetgreen on the stretch of Walnut Street between 38th and 39th streets is the most talked about place to get salad and has a wide variety of choices. Kitchen Gia at 37th and Spruce streets is the place to get a chopped salad or soup, with a few more basic options.

A new arrival on the healthy dining scene, Honeygrow, caters to the picky eater because their touch screen orders make it simple to sub out or add ingredients.

If you’re looking to pack on a few more calories, Qdoba and Chipotle satisfy the Mexican food craving with Bobby’s Burger Palace right nearby for traditional American cuisine and Hummus for Mediterranean style.


You can’t go wrong with pizza like Zesto on 40th and Walnut, among other popular options like Allegro and Pizza Hut. Off-campus delivery hotspots include Domino’s and Powelton Pizza.

Asian food:

Pod serves upscale Asian fare and is perfect for when you’re trying to splurge on a friend’s birthday. Ochatto and Mizu serve Japanese food and sushi, and Hai Street Kitchen is famous for their sushi-burritos. The Ramen Bar is great for when your old, microwaved ramen just isn’t cutting it.

Beijing is a great on-campus BYO spot and is directly next to the Quad on Spruce Street, so it is always an easy option.

There are so many restaurants near Penn’s campus, so a shortage of food is never an issue, but GrubHub is always available to deliver when you’re both hungry and lazy.

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