Mensa and Cafés on Campus
The Mensa building (D4 1 on the campus map) is situated on a little hill just above the MPIs. The building has quite a remarkable design of coloured concrete (won an architecture prize in the sixties).
The Mensa offers lunch from Monday to Friday.
In the Mensacafé on the ground floor, you can have breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday. During the semester, they also serve dinner from Monday to Thursday.
There are different categories of meals:
Complete Meal: a non-vegetarian set meal with soup, salad, main course and dessert
Vegetarian Meal: a vegetarian set meal, with salad, main course and dessert
Freeflow area: single courses from which you can assemble your lunch, (slightly more expensive than the other categories) with low fat meals, low priced Tellergericht meals (a single plate with a main course and a side dish) and a salad, vegetable or pasta buffet (where you pay by weight).
The easiest way for paying in the Mensa is to use your student ID card, which you can charge with money at machines on the ground floor and upstairs. In case you forgot your card, you can pay cash at the registers close to the free-flow area.
You can find the menu (updated weekly) and the opening hours on the website of the Studentenwerk.
Right in front of the Max Planck Institutes, you can find iCoffee where you can buy snacks and sit inside or outside.
There are several other cafés and restaurants on campus, e.g. AC, Canossa, KHG-Café, Juristencafé, Unique, Starbooks, etc.
You can see all menus online.