MIM Survival Guide: Where to go during break time?

This is part of a new series to showcase all the details you need to know about the MIM program. For most MIM classes, students only have a few minutes to grab a snack, dinner, or coffee during breaks, so we tend to frequent the closest restaurants to the School of Business. Below a few favorites, along with other restaurants within a three-block radius of most MIM classes. photo-1


Seattle’s Best Coffee: One of the closest coffee shops to the SBA, Seattle’s Best offers coffee, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches, perfect for those 5 minute breaks. Located in the PSU Urban Center.

Starbucks: There are two Starbucks coffee shops on campus for everyone’s Frappuccino fix, one in the Broadway Building and the other next to Rogue Brewery. Lines can be long, so time your Starbucks purchase for longer breaks.

Chit Chat Cafe: One block south of the SBA, this coffee shop offers organic coffee, bubble tea, and various snacks, and also boasts ample study space.

Contrary: A new coffee shop on 5th Ave. near Hall Street, Contrary is no-frills with Stumptown brews.


HotLipsPizzaHot Lips Pizza: Great pizza with even better beverages. Make sure to try their Hot Lips Sodas made with fresh fruit, sparkling water, cane sugar and lemon juice. Located next to Chit Chat Cafe on 6th Ave.

Pizzacato: Offers pizza by the slice with a pint for a discounted price which makes a great place to relax with friends after class. This Pizzacato is in PSU’s Urban Center right next to the Streetcar platform.

Frozen Treats

Ben & Jerry’s: A well-loved ice cream shop on campus, Ben & Jerry’s is located in the Urban Center Plaza across from Pizzacato. They are known for their colorful flavor combinations such as Americone Dream which is vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and caramel.

Tartberry: This shop greets you with a wild atmosphere and more toppings than you can imagine for your self-serve frozen yogurt. Located on College St. in the University Pointe building, this is a bit far to go during break time, but definitely worth it for sweet cravings.


Fast Food

McDonald’s: Literally across the street from the SBA, McDonald’s will provide the fastest service and is the best option for hungry MIM students on an incredibly short break.

Cafe Yum: Also across the street from the SBA, Cafe Yum offers healthier options such as their rice and bean bowls with salsa. Find them in the Urban Center Plaza in the ASRC building.

Pita Pit: On the other side of the ASRC, close to Green Line Market, is the Pita Pit, if you’re hungry for pita bread sandwiches. Lines can be long around lunch hour though, so make sure you get back to class on time!

Chipotle: Wonderfully simple and delicious, Chipotle offers customized burritos, tacos, bowls, etc. Located on College St. in the Broadway building, try them out for those long 30 minute breaks, or grab dinner before class.

Joe’s Burgers: If you’re hankering for a burger but are tired of McDonald’s, try Joe’s. With a walk-up window and interior restaurant, Joe’s Burgers sells sweet potato fries, milkshakes, hot dogs, and of course, hamburgers. This burger joint is located on College St. right next to Tartberry in the University Pointe building.

While this is only a handful of restaurants on PSU’s campus, the eateries listed above are the most convenient for all business students with classes in the SBA. If you have any additional questions, feel free to add them below or email us at askmim@pdx.edu. You can also message or tweet us your questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Juli Tejadilla


  Juli Tejadilla is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. She previously graduated with two Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art from Linfield College. While her interest in international business began as an undergraduate student, she has been traveling around the world since she was nine months old. She hopes through the MIM program to learn key insights to conduct business internationally and to establish herself as a global citizen.


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