We know that Juridicum has the quietest reading rooms and that LTH has the most extravagant nollning – but which faculty offers the best lunch experience? Lundagård’s test group went out to try all* of the faculties’ lunch spots and decide once and for all which has the best one.
Food: Good. Nice mix of salads. Wholesome salads but no vegetarian options. Also sells ciabattas.
Environment: Scarce space. However, people were eating brought lunches in the café.
Price: 40 SEK
Big assortment, everything from hamburgers, pies and simple home cooking to cheap sandwiches.
Moroten & Piskan, Kårhuset
Food: Tasty main course. Good assortment. Poor salad buffet. No budget alternative.
Environment: Bright and with big windows. Restaurant atmosphere, guests are only seated to eat without studying.
Price: 55-65 SEK
Service: Good service
Many options to choose from. Nice building. The warm dishes weigh up for the poor salad buffet. Good place if you want to eat on location.
Café Karna & Ilias, Socialhögskolan
Food: A lot of cucumber salad, with a lot of cucumber. Sandwiches and ciabattas.
Environment: Homey and cozy.
Price: 32 SEK
Very cheap, which is also evident from the salad, which consists mostly of cucumber.
Restaurang SOL, SOL
Food: Big sandwiches. Warm dishes and a salad buffet.
Environment: Study environment, but during lunch the area is a study-free zone. Fresh with a high ceiling and outdoor seating.
Price: 35-75 SEK
A large variety of warm dishes and sandwiches. Good place to eat if you are in the area.
Food: Wide selection of main dishes, salad buffet, sandwiches. Good luxury food.
Environment: Nice and snuggly with outdoor seating available.
Price: 60-69 SEK. Does not accept card for transactions under 40 SEK.
Service: Quick. Brings the food to your table.
A nice place with a restaurant feel. Will probably not become your regular place, but your splurge spot every now and then.
Hilbert Café, Mattehuset
Food: Large servings at a low price. Only sandwiches and salads but many different flavors.
Environment: Few places to sit, but homely.
Price: 12-40 SEK
Service: Many and helpful employees.
A lot for your money. Lacks a luxury assortment and warm dishes.
Café Holger, Ekonomicentrum
Food: Gives off a pizzeria and frozen food feeling.
Environment: Study environment. Well-lit and calm with a lot of space.
Price: 55-70 SEK
Service: Slow for being warm dishes.
Like a pizzeria, without the pizza. Bad placement in the building.
Food: Sandwiches and warm dishes with the “school cafeteria food on a good day” vibe.
Environment: Located close to the entrance, the reception and the library. Many people walking around.
Price: 50-60 SEK. Do not accept cards.
Service: Not enough employees, but they are nice. Food is brought to your table.
High ambition level but does not deliver. Only one person in charge of the register, the kitchen and serving.
Café LUX, LUX
Food: Tasty bread. Good produce. Tasty main courses. Sandwiches low on filling.
Environment: Study environment. Clean and newly built.
Price: 50-69 SEK
A good place to eat if you’re already near LUX.
Café Marina, Ekologihuset
Food: Kebab joint assortment, food is microwaved, offers “yesterday’s sandwiches” at a lowered price.
Environment: Located in a corridor, but has outdoor seating.
Price: 30-65 SEK. Does not accept cards. Does accept Swish.
Not that much variety. Too expensive. There are better places within walking distance.
Café Finn Ut, Studiecentrum
Food: A large variety of warm dishes and sandwiches. Boring burgers.
Environment: Few places to sit, study environment.
Price: 22-75 SEK
Service: Not a good waiting system
Many things to choose from, everything from burgers, pies and simple home cooking to cheap sandwiches.
Café Eden, Eden
Food: Many kinds of sandwiches. Boring salad and poor variety of everything but sandwiches. Small servings.
Environment: Few spot, study environment.
Price: 22-65 SEK
Café Athen, AF-borgen
Food: Tasty, nicely plated.
Environment: Pleasant and calm with second hand armchairs and candles.
Price: 24-26 SEK
Service: Long waiting time.
A lot to choose from and good enough space to actually sit down and eat.
Big assortment at okay prices, but it’s not that good. Works best as an emergency solution if you don’t have time for a proper lunch.
Café Bryggan, IKDC
Good buffet. Expensive and rather poor sandwiches.
Food: Nice main dish. Good assortment and salad buffet. No budget alternative.
Environment: Spacious. Restaurant atmosphere. Narrow between the tables.
Price: 55-75 SEK. Do not accept cards for transactions under 20 SEK.
Service: Decent. Fast moving line.
A more expensive spot that works for luxury lunch. Also has café options, but these are not as affordable as the lunch.
Café Ester, Kemicentrum
Food: Decent serving, big assortment, good buffet. We got a whole lemon wedge with rind and a caper stem in the sandwich.
Environment: Nice with many seats.
Price: 55-70 SEK
Service: Okay, long line during rush hours.
Food: Tasty and just enough. A lot to choose from.
Environment: Boring. Weird entrance. A lot of buzzing sounds.
Price: 50 SEK
Tastes good and is cheap. Easy to bring with you, which is good since the environment isn’t very inviting.
Mindpark Café, Helsingborg
Food: Small sandwiches. Soup of the day and soup of the week taste good. Sometimes sushi.
Environment: Creative surroundings. Startup feeling.
Price: 26-65 SEK
Best place on campus to sit. The soup is reliable, but expensive.
Amica Hermes, Helsingborg
Food: Buffet with three warm dishes, one of which is always vegetarian. Large and nice salad buffet included.
Environment: Noisy but a lot of room.
Price: 85 SEK
Exceptionally good food. Large boxes gives you the opportunity to take two portions from the buffet if you choose takeaway, which makes the high price more bearable.
Coffeshope i Campushuset, Helsingborg
Food: A variation of boring “school cafeteria food”, Thai food, sushi and sandwiches. The Thai food and sushi are tasty and affordable.
Environment: Annoying environment in the entrance of Campushuset.
Price: About 45-60 SEK
Boring place but it surprises you with the sushi and Thai food, can be good if you get bored of the other alternatives and don’t feel like walking to Knutpunkten.
* MaskinerIet in M-huset and the restaurant/café at Campus Malmö are missing in the test. MaskinerIet was closed when we visited M-huset and due to a lack of time we didn’t review Campus Malmö.
This is what we did
The lunches were scored according to four criteria. Food – taste, appearance and plating. Environment – the number of seats and the atmosphere of the venue. Price – different price classes for lunch. Service – time waiting and possible serving. From these criteria the food was scored 1-5.
The pictures in the test shows both food in takeaway boxes and food served on plates in the restaurant or café, because we sometimes took the test food with us. Many of the locations offer on-location dining. We’re sorry for the lack of pictures at four of the places, this is because we forgot to take pictures (perhaps because the food was distractingly good).
Text: Christina Zhou and Filip Rydén
Translation: Elise Pettersson