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Best Philadelphia Coffee Shops By Neighborhood




Get ready for a caffeine-fueled adventure through the City of Brotherly Love! Philadelphia is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and delicious food scene, and coffee is no exception. Whether you're a local or just visiting, there's no shortage of great coffee shops to check out. Here's our guide to some of the best Philadelphia coffee shops, organized by neighborhood.



Rittenhouse Square


  • Elixr Coffee Roasters - a renowned coffee roaster, celebrated for their high-quality, single-origin beans and expertly crafted lighter roasts. Their menu includes exceptional pour-overs, drip coffee, and espresso drinks, among other offerings. In addition to classic drinks like mochas, they also serve unique creations, such as the butterscotch pink peppercorn latte, which are sure to delight your taste buds Locations: 207 Sydenham St.; 16th & Market; 315 N. 12th St; 3675 Market St.


  • Rival Bros Coffee - a coffee lover's paradise, with locations scattered throughout the city offering an array of delicious drinks. From drip coffee to espresso drinks, pour-over bar to smooth BlackTop nitro in cans, they have it all. To craft the perfect drinks, Rival Bros. starts at their roastery in northeast Philadelphia where they concentrate on custom blends and seasonal single-origin beans. To complement the coffee, they also serve delectable pastries and treats from local bakery Mighty Bread, and baked goods from Manayunk-based Crust Vegan Bakery. Locations: 2400 Lombard St.; 1100 Tasker St.


  • Ultimo Coffee - making a good cup of coffee requires mastery of numerous variables, each requiring its own art form. From the roast, to the grind, to the pour, each step is essential to creating the perfect cup. Ultimo has honed the entire process, from sourcing to pouring, resulting in an exceptional coffee experience. If you haven't tried a pour-over before, Ultimo is the ideal place to start. Every cup is meticulously hand-poured, allowing the coffee to bloom and extracting maximum flavor from the grounds Locations: 238 S. 20th St.; 5901 Wayne Ave.; 1900 S. 15th St.; 2149 Catherine St.


  • Good Karma Cafe - the focus at this coffee shop is on using organic and fair trade ingredients to create their delectable coffee beverages. Their menu boasts of both classic coffee offerings such as drip coffee and espresso-based drinks, as well as distinctive options like turmeric latte and matcha latte. They also provide a diverse selection of teas and smoothies, making it an ideal destination for a beverage at any time of the day. In addition, they offer an array of mouth-watering sandwiches and pastries Locations: 331 S. 22ND St.; 2319 Walnut St.; 928 Pine St.; 265 S Broad St.






Northern Liberties


  • Soy Cafe - a cozy and inviting cafe that prides itself on serving delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food options. The atmosphere is laid-back and welcoming, with friendly staff and a relaxed vibe. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty sandwich or a refreshing smoothie, Soy Cafe has something to satisfy your cravings Location: 630 N 2nd St


  • Reanimator - a hip and trendy cafe that's a favorite among coffee enthusiasts and caffeine addicts. The cafe's sleek and minimalist decor creates a stylish and modern ambiance, while the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the air. Reanimator takes its coffee seriously, offering a variety of high-quality, specialty coffee drinks, including pour-overs, espresso shots, and cold brews Locations: 1523 E. Susquehanna Ave; 310 W. Master St; 4705 Pine St; 1248 S Clarion St; 3118 Richmond St


  • C&T Cafe - a charming and quaint cafe that's known for its cozy atmosphere and homemade baked goods. The cafe has a rustic and vintage-inspired decor, with wooden tables and chairs and antique accents. Their menu features a variety of fresh and flavorful sandwiches, salads, and quiches, as well as a selection of scrumptious pastries and baked goods Location: 716 N 3rd St


  • Higher Grounds - a bustling and energetic cafe that's popular among students and professionals alike. The cafe has a lively and vibrant atmosphere, with a constant hum of conversation and the sound of baristas crafting delicious coffee drinks. Higher Grounds offers a variety of coffee and tea drinks, as well as a selection of light bites, sandwiches, and pastries Location: 631 N 3rd St




East Passyunk

  • Black & Brew - since its opening on January 20, 2007, Black 'n Brew has been an integral part of the community. The owners believe in simplicity with a touch of uniqueness, offering delectable breakfast and lunch options and a complete coffee bar. The café also showcases the work of local artists on its walls. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available, and they proudly serve La Colombe coffee and Metropolitan bread. The pastry case is filled with homemade treats baked fresh daily on site. Location: 1523 E Passyunk Ave


  • Artisan Boulanger Patisser - a French-inspired bakery and cafe that specializes in artisanal breads, pastries, and desserts. The cafe's charming and elegant decor creates a romantic and sophisticated ambiance, perfect for a special occasion or a romantic date Location: 1218 Mifflin St


  • Two Persons - a quaint and cozy cafe that offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and light bites. The cafe's charming and rustic decor creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for a casual catch-up with a friend or a quick work meeting Location: 821 Dudley St




Fishtown


  • La Colombe - one of Philadelphia's most beloved coffee shops, is known for inventing the signature draft latte that has made it a household name. What started as a small coffee roaster in Philly has grown into a coffee empire with 30 locations across the United States and a presence in grocery stores nationwide. La Colombe offers a wide range of products, from sourcing single-origin coffees from all corners of the globe to roasting local blends. Its flagship location in Fishtown is a massive space that draws both tourists and locals alike, all seeking a quality cup of coffee Locations: 1335 Frankford Ave.; 130 S. 19th St.; 1414 South Penn Square; 100 South Independence Mall W; 915 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 160 in Bryn Mawr


  • Persimmons - for now, Persimmon is a pop-up, but their limited drops of beans and simple, precise pour-overs, are inspired by the exacting standards and minimal aesthetic of Japanese cafes. Location: 11 W Girard Ave


  • Gilda - offering a range of delicacies, including pastéis de nata, house-made pastries, and breakfast and lunch options. Gilda has partnered with Elixr Roasters to create a unique blend of coffee. Additionally, a retail selection of specialty food products, both imported and local, and prepared foods will be available for customers to purchase Location: 300 E Girard Ave


  • The Grounds - a coffee shop that prides itself on its ever-evolving menu of drinks and snacks, showcasing a combination of inventive seasonal offerings and timeless favorites. The café's warm and whimsical atmosphere is brought to life through the abundant presence of plants and unique gifts sourced from local creators Location: 2000 N 2nd St





Society Hill

  • Cafe Tolia - a cozy and charming coffee shop that offers a delightful experience for coffee lovers. The warm and inviting atmosphere is complemented by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and baked goods. The menu includes a variety of coffee drinks, teas, and pastries, all made with high-quality ingredients Location: 26 N 3rd St


  • Cafe Walnut - a hidden gem that offers a unique coffee experience. The cozy and rustic interior, complete with wooden furniture and warm lighting, creates a serene and comfortable atmosphere. The coffee menu includes a range of specialty drinks, from classic espresso to inventive latte creations. The pastries are freshly baked in-house, and the sandwiches and salads are made with locally sourced ingredients Locations: 703 Walnut St


  • Thank You Thank You Cafe - with its cheerful and quirky decor, Thank You Thank You Cafe is a lively and energetic coffee shop that's always buzzing with activity. The walls are adorned with colorful murals and artwork, and the menu is equally vibrant, with an array of creative coffee drinks and snacks Location: 700 Sansom St


  • Lombard Cafe - located in a historic building in the heart of downtown, Lombard Cafe is a stylish and sophisticated coffee shop that caters to the urban crowd. The sleek and modern interior, complete with marble countertops and industrial accents, exudes an air of elegance and refinement. The coffee menu includes a range of classic and specialty drinks, all made with locally roasted beans. The food menu features a variety of sandwiches, salads, and pastries, all made with fresh and high-quality ingredients Location: 542 Lombard St




Queen Village

  • Three Graces - a tranquil coffee shop that offers a range of excellent espresso drinks and delectable pastries. Its walls are adorned with serene natural landscape paintings in cool colors that create a relaxing atmosphere. The menu offers a diverse range of options, including classic cortados and unique beverages such as the Twix latte Location: 719 E. Passyunk Ave


  • Ox Coffee - focuses on serving high-quality coffee that is harvested, processed and roasted using sustainable and organic practices. A compact, inviting and warm space, OX hopes to bring back the coffee shop as a home away from home where neighbors and visitors alike can spend some time together and enjoy a great cup of coffee Location: 616 S. 3rd St.


  • Shots Tower - a trendy, industrial-style cafe that offers a range of espresso drinks and tea, along with communal tables and limited outdoor seating, is none other than the go-to coffee shop of Bella Vista Locations: 542 Christian St


  • Herman’s - the owner's grandfather's love for coffee and lawn chairs inspired the inviting design, with lawn chairs out front and a cozy interior in a former auto repair shop in Pennsport. The café boasts a relaxed atmosphere, especially on weekends when food trucks and pop-ups are on-site, and offers a selection of baked goods alongside pour-over and espresso drinks. Don't forget to try the signature Pennsport Mule, an iced mocktail featuring ginger beer, honey, and espresso. Be sure to explore the shop's artisanal and locally sourced food products as well Location: 1313 S. 3rd St.





Fairmount


  • Brown St Coffee - dedicated to bringing well-crafted specialty coffee, breakfast, and Vietnamese sandwiches to a neighborhood of close friends, this café is a proud part of the Art Museum/Fairmount/Brewerytown neighborhoods of Philadelphia. It is a must-visit for anyone looking for a quick bite and a few friendly faces. Location: 2545 Brown St


  • Peddler Coffee - a cozy and charming coffee shop nestled in the heart of Fairmount, Philadelphia. With its laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff, and top-notch coffee, it's the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a cup of joe. Their menu features a variety of coffee drinks, including pour-overs, lattes, and cappuccinos, all made with expertly roasted beans. Peddler also offers a selection of pastries and snacks to pair with your coffee, making it an ideal spot to grab a quick breakfast or mid-day snack Location: 2100 Spring St


  • Green Line Cafe - a beloved local coffee chain, is committed to sustainability and uses organic, fair trade coffee that's roasted with zero emissions. Their cozy and inviting locations throughout Philadelphia offer a wide selection of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as specialty drinks and teas, that are complemented by homemade muffins, cookies, breakfast sandwiches, and other light bites. Their food menu caters to different dietary preferences with a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, alongside delicious pastries Locations: 43rd & Baltimore; 4th & Gaskill; 17th & Arch; 37th & Lancaster; 45th & Locust





Old City


  • Menagerie Coffee - a specialty coffee shop that is locally owned and operated. Their full espresso bar features a variety of creative drinks made with Elixr Coffee, as well as hand-poured brew from Dogwood Coffee. Be sure to arrive with an appetite, as it will be difficult to choose between Menagerie's mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and delicious cookies Location: 217 W. George St.


  • Old City Coffee - for over 35 years, Old City Coffee has been a beloved institution in Philadelphia, with locations in both Old City and Reading Terminal Market. They are known for their exceptional coffee, which is made from small batches of high-grade Arabica beans roasted on site for maximum freshness. Along with your favorite espresso drink, be sure to try one of Old City Coffee's delicious house made pastries. And if you're in the market for beans, their 1893 blend is an excellent choice, with a full-bodied flavor and hints of chocolate and cherry Locations: 221 Church Street; 1136 Arch; 51 N. 12th St.


  • Café Tolia - specializing in artisanal, handmade breads and pastries crafted using traditional baking techniques. In addition to an assortment of teas and beverages, they proudly serve La Colombe Coffee, which perfectly complements their delicious offerings Location: 26 N 3rd St





Washington Square West


  • Greenstreet Coffee - a cozy and welcoming cafe that's known for its high-quality, sustainably sourced coffee beans. The cafe has a rustic and earthy decor, with plenty of seating and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Their menu features a variety of handcrafted coffee drinks, as well as a selection of light bites and pastries made with locally sourced ingredients Location: 1919 Alter St


  • Talula's Daily - a charming and cozy cafe that's known for its artisanal baked goods and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The cafe has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with plenty of seating and a rustic decor. Their menu features a variety of freshly baked breads, pastries, and other sweet treats, as well as a selection of coffee, tea drinks, wines and beers

  • Location: 208 W Washington Square






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