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Breakfast, lunch and dinner, in-between snacks – we provide food for approx. 23,000 guests at 13 cafeterias, 16 cafés and 6 café shops every day. And we offer much more than just tasty, affordable lunch; our cafeterias offer snacks and speciality coffee, including takeaway, and a wide range of balanced meals and trendy drinks, while our various cafés have a cosy atmosphere and are the perfect places to just chill out.

We look forward to your visit!


From 19.10.2015, we will replace our present concept, “Campus-Vital” with “mensaVital.” Under the brand mensaVital, we offer fresh, innovative meals which are prepared vitamin rich and low in fat – with natural ingredients and no flavour enhancers. Fresh herbs ensure an even more aromatic flavour experience. Carefully crafted and nutritionally balanced recipes produce a creative, wholesome menu.






Finkenau cafeteria and café open!

The Finkenau art and media campus now even more attractive with a cafeteria and café.


Guests can enjoy a modern, 220-seat cafeteria with pleasant design. It is estimated some 700 meals will be served here every day. With a seating capacity of approximately 100, the café not only boasts a modern ambiance, but also a direct view of the Eilbekkanal and a large terrace for relaxing and meeting with classmates. The cafeteria’s interior courtyard also enables outdoor lunching in summer.


Cafeteria manager Alexander Schollenberger and his team of 13 offer a wide variety every day – from meat, vegetarian and sometimes even vegan dishes to a pasta and salad bar and fresh pizza. The café supplements this with sweet and savoury snacks, great specialty coffees and much more, which are also available to go.

Michael Gradtke – GV-Manager of the year 2014

Head of university dining at the Studierendenwerk Hamburg, Mr Michael Gradtke, has been named “GV-Manager of the year 2014”. 


Specialist magazine “GV-Manager” has been awarding this distinction to managers of large-scale dining and communal catering (Großgastronomie und Gemeinschaftsverpflegung, GV) since 2009. A panel of industry experts and editorial staff rated communal catering managers based on various criteria, including career, pioneering spirit and personnel policy.


The Studierendenwerk Hamburg have already won the "Frankfurter Preis" industry Oscar awarded by specialist magazine GV-Praxis in 2008.

Cashless payments at the HCU too!

Pay quickly & cashlessly at checkouts in the cafeteria and Café HCU using your HCU Card. HafenCity University students receive these automatically upon enrolment, employees and guests from the HR department. You can currently top up the card at the checkout in the HCU CampusShop. It will soon also be possible to do so using EC cards at the machines in the foyer.


Effective January 2015, the HCU cafeteria offers a guest price. Students and employees continue to pay the student/employee prices.

Tray trolleys

The Mensa PhilosophenturmMensa Campus, Mensa Bergedorf, Mensa Berliner Tor and Mensa HCU cafeterias provide tray trolleys for wheelchair users.

Simply locate the trolley, select your food, and enjoy your meal!




Takeaway at the Mensa Philosophenturm cafeteria and cafés

The Mensa Philosophenturm cafeteria, as well as Cafédell´Arte, CaféCanela, Café (am Mittelweg) and Campus Café, now offer "a wide variety to take with you": Choose from sandwiches, wraps and fruit salads – all "to go".

Separate dispensing of vegetarian meals!

Fast and well clearly arranged: the new vegetarian meals counter at the Mensa Berliner Tor cafeteria!

Vegetarian and vegan dishes

As per your requests, we have expanded the vegetarian and vegan options at the cafeterias, picking up on current market trends and revamping our cafeteria menus for you.
We want to impress you with the quality of the food, not by the classifications – in other words, we want our vegetarian cuisine to appeal to all customers, both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Our menu options are clearly marked.

Take me home!

The Campus cafeteria even provides fresh food from its pasta bar and wok-fried dishes as takeaway options! This means you can transport the meals securely in microwavable boxes and enjoy them at home.

Cashless payment – fast and easy with the HAW chip card

At the Bergedorf, Berliner Tor and Finkenau cafeterias, as well as at the Student Affairs café in Bergedorf, the Berliner Tor café and the Blueberry und Zahnrad café shops you can pay quickly and easily at all check-outs using your HAW Hamburg chip card.

The cards are available from the HAW (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences), and can be topped up at all check outs and the recharge terminal. Take advantage of cashless payment – fast and easy with the chip card!

Every Wednesday - the “KlimaTeller” at our cafeterias

“Climate day” now brings you the Klimateller.

All our cafeterias will be offering the “Klimateller” starting 19/10. As such, it won’t just be on Wednesdays that climate-friendly dishes will be specially marked; all meals meeting the GreenFlux e.V. criteria will instead now bear the Klimateller symbol.

These dishes are climate-friendly, and do not contain any ingredients whose production causes high greenhouse gas emissions, such as beef or pork.


At www.klimateller.de, you will find the KlimaTeller counter, which shows the CO2 equivalents saved as a result of the KlimaTeller.

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