Want to eat healthy but don't know where to start? Learn where you can buy fresh, local produce on and off campus, as well as where you can eat well on campus! For a list of all eateries on campus, check out McGill Food and Dining Services.
McGill Farmers' Market
The McGill Farmers' Market is a weekly fall market and a gathering spot for students, faculty, and community members to discover healthy, local and sustainably produced foods. Products include organic produce, homemade preserves, baked goods and breads, honey, fair-trade coffee and teas, eggs, maple products, and more. The market is open Thursdays 10am-5pm from July to October on the downtown campus. They also have a vegetable basket program every summer and fall. Visit their website for more information.
Good Food Box
Through "Good Food Box McGill Downtown", you can order small, medium and large boxes of fruits and vegetables ranging from $9 to $19. The “Good Food Box Program” of Moisson Montréal purchases from local farmers whenever possible. Visit their website for more information.
There are a variety of Farmer's Markets around Montreal, including the Atwater, Jean Talon, Maisonneuve, and Lachine markets, providing fresh produce, baked goods, fish, meats, cheese, and more. For locations and opening hours, visit this website.
On Campus Eateries
Midnight Kitchen: Free/pay-what-you-can vegan lunches Monday-Thursday in room 302 of the SSMU building, starting around 12:30pm. Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, volunteer and worker run food collective dedicated to providing affordable, healthy food to as many people as possible. Follow them on Facebook for other serving times (including breakfast!) (Midnight Kitchen has temporarily moved off campus to 137 rue St. Ferdinand while the SSMU building is under construction)
Rabbit Hole Cafe: 2$ vegan lunch every Friday between 12:30pm-3pm (except during exams) at the Yellow Door, 3625 rue Aylmer, in partnership with the McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. There's also a small food bank. Bring your student ID!
AUS SNAX: Snack and beverage counter with a variety of fair trade, local, vegan, and organic products, run by the Arts Undergraduate Society in the Leacock building. Coffee is only $1 if you bring your travel mug, or take advantage of their Early Bird special before 10am and get a small coffee and a muffin for $2.
EUS G-Store: Snack and beverage counter run by the Engineering Undergraduate Society in the McConnell building.
McGill Food and Dining Services: Most of the cafeterias on campus are operated by Food and Dining Services. Find out what's available on campus, dining locations and hours of service, to meal plan options for both residence dwellers and those living off campus (including faculty and staff). You'll also find details about their commitment to the health of their diners and their work on sustainability.
Microwaves On Campus
Packing a lunch to bring to campus can be a great way to eat well and save money! There a lots of locations where you can reheat your lunch. Remember not to put metal in the microwaves and to cover your food while you heat it up to keep the microwave clean.
- SSMU (3480 rue McTavish): 2nd floor cafeteria (the SSMU building is currently closed for renovations)
- Trottier: 1st floor cafeteria
- Redpath Library Building: Cafeteria, near vending machines
- Bronfman: Basement
- McGill Sports Complex: Athletics Cafe
- Royal Victoria College Dining Hall: Near the condiments
- Leacock: B-12 (AUS Lounge), Arts student ID required for access
- Ferrier: room 223, Arts student ID required for access
- Presbyterian College 2nd Floor: McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL), two designated kosher-only microwaves
- Burnside: 1B19 (Computer Task Force)
- Wong: outside 1160
- McConnell Engineering: in the Eng Caf
See a Dietitian
Call the Student Health Service at (514)-398-6017 to make an appointment with a dietician.
The dietitian is an expert in human nutrition who helps students adopt healthy eating habits and make informed and nutritious choices while maintaining a healthy relationship with food.
Other than general healthy nutrition, the dietitian also helps students with particular dietary needs achieve optimal nutrition, such as:
- Low iron status
- High cholesterol and/or triglycerides,
- Lactose intolerance or food allergies
- Gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS.
Similarly if you are an athlete who exercises vigorously on a daily basis, it is important to see a dietitian to make sure you are getting enough to eat and to minimize the possible risks for nutritional deficiencies.
With so much information out there in the media, your dietitian can help you to separate facts from fiction and eliminate misconceptions of food choices to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle.