Ivan's Cafe and Bookshop

Ivan's Cafe Raclin Murphy Museum

Located off the central atrium, Ivan's Cafe and Bookshop is your culinary destination as you explore the arts. The cafe is named for sculptor Ivan Meštrović, who, at the invitation of Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., spent the last years of his life as an artist-in-residence at Notre Dame.

More than 500 of Meštrović's sculptures and drawings are in the Museum's permanent collection. Meštrović's sculptures can also be found around campus, including in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, O'Shaughnessy Hall, Eck Visitors Center, and residence halls. Two of Meštrović's pieces are located near the cafe:

  • Head of Moses, a sculpture completed in 1950, is located inside the cafe.
  • Ashbaugh Madonna, carved in 1917 from a single block of wood as the medieval masters had done, is located just outside the cafe.

Hours

  • Sunday and Monday — Closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 10:00 a.m. — 4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday - 10:00 a.m. —7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday - 12:00 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.

*Friends members receive a discount at Ivan’s and the Bookshop.

Dining

Ivan's Cafe Pastry

Ivan's Cafe showcases European classics reflecting Meštrović's many travels throughout Europe as well as local favorites reimagined by an award winning culinary team. Handmade desserts and pastries are works of art that nod to classic European elegance.

  • The "Shopska Salad" fuses a Southeastern Europe favorite with Midwest roots and local sourcing.
  • Selected coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads will rotate seasonally.

Ivan's Cafe Menu

Raclin's collaboration with Notre Dame Family Wines is also on display outside Ivan's. Wines from their 2023 collection feature four pieces or art from the museum. The wine is available by joining the club at wines.nd.edu or some single bottles are for purchase at Rohr's.

Notre Dame Family Wines

*Help us take care of our collection by not consuming food or drink inside the galleries. Please enjoy refreshments from Ivan’s in the atrium or outside on the plaza.

Bookshop

The cabinets outside the cafe feature books available for purchase. Guests can select their book(s) and bring them into Ivan's for purchase.