We’ve asked some SEMO students to find out what is truly the best of everything on and off campus, and where you might enjoy spending your time (and money!).

Best Dining Spots on Campus

Wondering where to use those meal swipes? Luckily, campus has some great dining that is sure to satisfy every craving.

1. Towers Café (Towers Complex)
Known for their wide variety of options (especially during lunch!), you would be hard-pressed to leave Towers Café without finding something you enjoyed. From homestyle comfort food to burgers to a fully stocked salad bar, you can always count on finding delicious options. Don’t forget to try out the ice cream machine before you leave!

2. S’moked (University Center)
Found in Redhawks Market inside the University Center, S’moked is a popular spot for students in search of comfort food. Southern-style meals are dished out here daily, always prepared fresh by the culinary team to satisfy your need for delicious BBQ and filling sides (don’t skip the mac-n-cheese!).

3. Starbucks (University Center)
Needing some caffeine? Look no further than Starbucks, found in the University Center. This full-service store has everything you need to push through your classes and afternoon study sessions. Need some menu recommendations? Here’s a list of some of the best.

Best Dining Spots in Cape Girardeau

Looking for a change of pace from on-campus dining? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

1. Burritoville (913 Broadway St.)
If you’re looking for Mexican-American food, Burritoville is a must. This popular spot is loved by many SEMO students and alumni, likely for the great prices, fun atmosphere, and delicious food. Make sure to try the Dirty Fries – crispy, crinkle-cut fries topped with mozzarella, queso, and your choice of meat (or the vegetarian option!). They are sure to become a favorite.

2. The Ground-a-bout Marquette (338 Broadway St.)
Delectable coffee and pastries can be found at the Ground-a-bout Marquette, a local coffee shop in downtown Cape Girardeau. Housed in the historic Marquette Tower, it’s styled in a detailed 1920s manner, providing a wonderful experience all around. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating or take it to go while you stroll through downtown.

3. Buddy’s Rolled Ice Cream (613 Whitelaw Ave.)
For a treat that is both sweet and Instagram-worthy, make your next stop for dessert Buddy’s Rolled Ice Cream. With a surplus of combinations to mix and match, you’ll be happy you went to Buddy’s. Plus, they offer deals for SEMO students, including two for $8 after 8 p.m. What better reward for an evening of studying than ice cream?

Best Shopping

Ready to treat yo’self? Cape Girardeau has amazing shopping for anyone looking for their new favorite thing, or for someone in search of a gift. Take a look at some of our recommendations before heading out on your next shopping excursion.

1. Annie Laurie’s (536 Broadway St.)
This self-described eclectic emporium is perfect for those seeking out unique items at affordable prices. From vintage clothing to other one-of-a-kind finds, you won’t be sorry you stopped by Annie Laurie’s. While you’re there, make sure you say “hi” to Dan the Man, their sleepy feline who roams the store at his own leisure.

2. Indie House (605 Broadway)
Operated by the owner of Annie Laurie’s, this multi-store space offers boutique clothing and gifts, as well as unique options for the individualist in your life. Peruse the options, climb the stairs, and check out everything Indie House has to offer.

3. The Book Rack (50 S. Plaza Way)
Looking for your next read? Look no further than The Book Rack, a local used bookstore with a wide selection and low prices. Create an account with them and you can return your books for store credit to use toward future purchases. Do you have old books lying around? Take them in and see how much store credit you can earn for them! Even if you aren’t a reader, this is a great place to grab gifts for the bookworms in your life.

Best Hangout Spots on Campus

Let’s be honest – trying to do homework in your bed is not a good idea. Plus, it’s a lot harder to make friends when you’re hiding out in your room all the time. We’ve found some alternative spots for you to check out, whether it’s to do your homework or to take a break.

1. Hammocks
Take hanging out to a new level and take a break in one of the hammocks on campus near Academic Hall or at the River Campus quad. Enjoy a beautiful day and catch up on your class readings, scroll through your social media, or simply take a nap.

2. Kent Library
If you haven’t dropped into Kent Library yet, consider making that your new study spot. Whether you need a little life in your study environment or if you need complete silence, Kent delivers both. Study with friends on the second floor, in the study rooms, or at the group tables. The fourth floor of the library is the quiet floor, and it’s the perfect spot to eliminate distractions and cross everything off your to-do list. Make sure to treat yourself at the coffee cart on your way out!

3. Honors House
If you’re a member of the Jane Stephens Honors Program, stop by the Honors House the next time you’re searching for a spot to do homework, grab a snack, or relax. The historic house, located on Henderson, is the perfect spot to meet other Honors students and accomplish some serious studying. Don’t forget to utilize the free black and white printing in their computer lab!

4. eSports Arena
Are you wanting to get involved in eSports? Drop by the eSports Arena, located on the first floor of Towers Complex. The eSports Arena is home to 12 personal computers, a gaming area with Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo consoles, a 70-inch wall-mounted television to view live games being played in real-time, and a lounge area for viewers. The eSports Arena operates daily, giving Redhawks the opportunity to connect with each other while competing in tournaments. Interested in joining the eSports Club? Here’s some more information.

5. Athletic Events & River Campus Performances
What better way to connect with fellow Redhawks than by supporting each other? Attending sporting events at Houck Field and at the Houck Field House is a great way to meet new people, get involved, and support your athletic teams! Don’t forget that admission is free with a valid SEMO student ID. Interested in the arts? Grab some friends and catch a shuttle over to the River Campus, where you can watch incredible performances at low prices. With exhibitions in theatre and dance, symphony, art galleries, and more, there is an event for every preference.