There is endless food on Amherst’s campus: quick lunch at grab-and-go, dinner at the Valentine dining hall, late-night snacks at Schewmms, and a lot of free food from fun events. It is pretty easy to stay on campus for a long period of time without stepping out, however, sometimes campus food just doesn’t cut it. Some days, you just feel like eating somewhere else outside of the campus. This is where the Amherst town comes in handy. Amherst town is a great “resource” at Amherst that allows you and your friends to take a break from the repeating campus routine. Whether you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, get a taste of ethnic dishes, or just getting a quick snack, you can definitely find it here. :) Come check out some of my favorite food/drinks options just steps away in our awesome college town!
Voted the “Best Pizza” by readers of the Springfield newspaper for 21 consecutive years, Antonio’s is a classic pizzeria here at Amherst. Antonio’s has a tremendous reputation for the amazing selection of pizza and efficient service. It is a pretty small place and things move quickly once inside, so it’s probably a good idea to review the menu online before ordering! My favorites from here: chicken bacon ranch, avocado quesadilla.
- Honeycrisp Fried Chicken：
If you are a Korean fried chicken lover like me, this is the right place for you. As avid crispy fried chicken fans, my friends and I come here religious almost every single week. They always make your order on the spot, so the chicken always comes out super fresh and smoking hot! However, that also means the wait time is a bit longer, but it’s definitely worth it! My favorites from here: spicy popcorn chicken, red Korean chicken wings.
Located conveniently downtown, this restaurant is just a walk away and super easy to find. The service is always excellent, and all the waiters and waitresses are super friendly. The price here is also affordable, especially for their lunch specials with sushi, sashimi, and many other Korean/Japanese dishes! My favorites from here: lunch special tempura rolls, kalbi
Miss Saigon is my to-go spot when I just want some comforting food. Whenever my friends and I are craving a bowl of hot pho, we end up at Miss Saigon. It is always busy with long lines on the weekends, but for the price, the food here does not disappoint! My favorites from here: any of the pho, spring rolls.
Whenever I crave my mom’s homemade food, Oriental is my favorite Chinese restaurant to go to. If you want to try some non-Americanized Chinese dim sum, this is THE place! Their dim sum served all day, unlike the typical dim sum which only offers these food options during lunch-time, so you can get a decent dim sum meal here at any time! Also, they have delicious freshly made egg tarts sometimes, which is definitely one of my favorites! My favorites from here: soup dumplings, egg tart, shrimp dumplings.
If you’ve never tried Chinese hotpot, you should definitely come here and try it! Hands down the most authentic Chinese hotpot place around here with great selections of seafood, meats, veggies, and a wonderful sauce bar. They offer both the typical big hotpot that you can eat together with friends, and the individual small hotpot that you can eat by yourself! I love to come here with a large group of friends on a cold winter night to just warm up and have a delicious dinner! My favorites: sesame based sauce, minced shrimp slide, sliced beef, Chinese fried bread.
Personally, I think Kaiju is the best ramen place here at Amherst. Kaiju is a cool underground ramen monster-themed restaurant with a beautifully decorated interior. It’s dimly lit, and is surrounded by bricks and stones everywhere. I love the look and vibe of the place, and the food is delicious also! My favorites: kaiju ramen, takoyaki
If you and your friend want fried chicken for a late-night snack but don’t want to get out of your dorms, Wings over Amherst got you covered. It’s cheap and super convenient. From my experience, the delivery to campus is always on time. However, there’s no inside seating so only take out is available! My favorites: spicy teriyaki, hot garlic
No explanation needed. If you have a sweet tooth, this store is perfect for a late-night snack when you are pulling an all-nighter with projects and exams. Super close to campus, and delivery to campus is available also. My favorites: choco-mint cookies
Moge just opened this year so it’s one of the newer boba places here at Amherst. But it is safe to say that this is my new favorite boba place in western mass. I am a HUGE boba addict, and I’ve tried so many different boba places from ALL AROUND THE WORLD, but Moge’s cheese foam fruit tea is still one of my favorites! Some of the bubble teas here are quite pricey, but in my opinion, it’s worth it. My favorites: Cheese foam strawberry fruit tea, Cheese Dongding Oolong tea, Mango bubble milk.
If you are looking for a place with great doughnuts, you’ve found it! Glazed is a popular shop amongst the locals, and offers a variety of fun flavors as well as vegan /gluten-free options! They also provide free wifi and there’s a bathroom, which makes this one of my favorite studying spots off-campus! My favorites: cookie dough, mocha latte, Vanilla frosted with fruity pebbles.
If you are from New York City, you’ve probably heard about ViVi’s. ViVi’s is one of the classic boba places in NYC and we have it here at Amherst! I love the interior setting of Vivi’s, it has a fair number of tables, a lot of laptop chargers, and a lot of fun board games/cards that you and your friends can play with! My favorites: vivi signature fruit tea, flaming brown sugar milk, taro.
The oldest boba shop in Amherst town. The atmosphere of limeRed is incredible and is always a wonderful place to sit down to talk and study with people. My favorite: honeydew smoothies with boba.
One of the cafes we have here at Amherst. There are plenty of seats to relax, do work, and bring a friend. I personally don’t have a high standard for my coffee but I really enjoy working here with friends! My favorites: iced coffee, iced matcha.
This place is super fresh, local, sustainable, and friendly! There are a lot of great breakfast options, parfaits, and delicious smoothies! My favorites: mozzarella sandwiches, smoothies.
It’s Dunkin’ Donuts. We all need our cold brew sometimes! My favorite: Iced hazelnut