Philly’s Essential Coffee Shops

Philly’s Essential Coffee Shops


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by Andre Darlington and Sarah Maiellano Updated Oct 22, 2019, 2:42pm EDT

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As the country’s coffee culture evolves and expands, so do the number of spots to enjoy great java in Philadelphia. The city has seen an explosion of third wave coffee, where sustainable ethos, single origin sourcing, and attention to detail in the cup translates to a whole new world of caffeinating. Cafes embracing that ethos take their brews seriously, not unlike sommeliers with wine. So while Philadelphians can find a cup of coffee and access to WiFi pretty much anywhere, here are the decidedly new school spots to drink coffee right now, along with a few shops that offer other compelling reasons to visit.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Part co-working space, part coffee shop, Flow State keeps its happy customers fueled all day long with all the right coffee drinks (using beans from Square One), rotating teas, breakfasts like chocolate chia pudding, pastries, and gelato.

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La Colombe’s flagship location is a site to behold. The folks that introduced the world to draft lattes are always innovating, and it’s worth checking out this space that also cooks with a wood-fired oven. There are five La Colombes in the shop’s hometown of Philly, and several more in other cities.

milk being poured into iced coffeeLa Colombe [official photo]

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The upstairs “library” room at this Northern Liberties hotspot is reason enough to visit (it’s both cozy and stunning), but Stumptown coffee forms the backbone for what might be the ultimate destination coffeeshop. Beyond well-crafted cups, One Shot also serves great food, house-made pastries, and a killer brunch.   

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Pronounced “win win,” this Spring Garden oasis also serves booze. It’s a no-frills hipster heaven for coffee aficionados and the place to enjoy espresso with a dash of gin.

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“We are simply the medium” is the mantra for this small batch (sometimes very small) single-origin roaster in Logan Square. Meaning: They’re just the conduit between good beans and the perfect sip. Famous for serving cold brew out of hand pumps on the back of tricycles, Peddler defines “boutique.” The vibes at the brick-and-mortar shop are decidedly retro-mad scientist. Try the Kyoto-style cold brew, which uses multiple glass drip chambers.

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There’s the original Ultimo shop in Point Breeze, plus locations in Graduate Hospital, Germantown, and Rittenhouse, which is home to a custom powder-coated espresso machine. That machine isn’t just for looks — these coffee experts know how to pull a shot, and are among the best-trained baristas in the city. It’s also the coffee company’s most convenient location for Center City workers.

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Center City oasis Elixr is still kicking out some of the best pour-overs in the city. Don’t let the original shop’s alley location be a deterrent — this is a go-to spot for high-quality cups. Find a stunner of a second shop, complete with an onsite roastery, in Callowhill and a lobby cafe in West Philly.

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The team at Square One, based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, knows how to roast. Their skills have gotten them nods as winners and finalists at the Good Food Awards in multiple years. And the baristas? They’ve won national competitions too, so put them to the test.

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Sustainability and responsible sourcing are the buzz at Greenstreet, a cozy and funky roaster that goes to great lengths to secure the best, most ethical beans directly from producers. All that work and care translates to some of the best cups Philadelphia has to offer and should be on every coffeehead’s list. Even the shop’s website is thoughtful, offering useful how-tos and tips.

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Opened by an Elixr and Bodhi Coffee alum in 2014, this airy-yet-cozy cafe serves Dogwood Coffee out of Minneapolis to adoring fans in Old City. It serves as an outpost of good java in the tourist zone, and locals flock to it for its chill vibes and good sandwiches. A second location is nearby at the Bourse food hall.

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In an innovative blend of co-working space and coffee shop, customers can rent a table at Rally to talk and work. It’s also a spot for pop-up retail in the evenings, so check the cafe’s calendar often. The beans here are from West Philly’s Blind Tiger Coffee, plus Rally sells Machine Shop Boulangerie pastries and Weckerly’s ice cream sandwiches.  

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Jazz on vinyl is always spinning at this charming Queen Village mainstay. Opened by two coffee industry veterans, Ox Coffee boasts a comfy space to hang out and a back garden. That vinyl? Some of it is also for sale. Stumptown beans make for the great coffee here, although the fact that co-owner Will Gross roasted for Stumptown goes a long way to explaining the extra attention to quality. How to explain the great music? Co-owner Max Cudworth is a jazz saxophonist. Note that this spot doesn’t have WiFi.

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This old-school, family-run coffee shop is right in the Italian Market, perfectly situated for both tourists and locals doing their morning shopping. The beans are roasted onsite, the pastries are made in-house, and Anthony’s Chocolate House is right next door.

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Unlike most coffee shops in Philadelphia, Function Coffee Labs sources its beans from multiple roasters for an ever-changing single-origin line-up (it changes every one to two weeks). Meticulous care in brewing means Function is a coffee paradise, offering always-stimulating and seasonally fresh options. Listening to the baristas rattling off tasting notes for the hottest new beans is reason enough to visit.

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This Queen Village staple serves Counter Culture coffee and has a good tea list. It’s snug, but with its high ceiling and large communal table, it’s a chic spot to work. Big windows let in lots of natural light — all the better to see the baristas’ latte art by.  

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In Pennsport, Herman’s set up digs in a repurposed garage. In summer, the doors are thrown open to the outdoors for a lively al fresco java experience. Sacks of beans share space with communal wood tables for a hip, low-fi vibe. Owner Mat Falco mans the onsite roaster. Try an Espresso Tonic: two shots of espresso with Fever Tree Tonic in rotating flavors, like the fan-favorite grapefruit sage.

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The coffee roaster of choice for many Philly restaurants also sells its freshly roasted beans in drip, chemex, and espresso forms at its three coffee bars. The third Rival Bros. location is changing the java DNA structure of East Passyunk. Set next to the Singing Fountain, the mod coffee shop boasts not only the best brew this far south, but also breads and pastries from both Machine Shop Boulangerie and High Street on Market.

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A vegan pioneer, Grindcore is a long-running hangout for South Philadelphians. The concept is simple: Great coffee and a fantastic selection of vegan food in a cozy space, all set to an unusual soundtrack mixing grindcore, punk, and whatever else the baristas are in the mood for. And while it might not seem like extreme punk/metal would be conducive for working, it’s surprisingly zen-like and a popular place to meet and work.  

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In the last decade and a half, Green Line Cafe has grown to four West Philly locations and spots in Center City and Queen Village. The family-owned business, which considers itself “West Philly’s Living Room,” serves the community fair-trade coffee and health-conscious food.

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This Brewerytown spot not only offers coffee and baked goods in a welcoming setting, it also has a mission worth supporting. The not-for-profit cafe employs former foster youth, so sipping a cortado also does good for the Philly community.

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2413 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Part co-working space, part coffee shop, Flow State keeps its happy customers fueled all day long with all the right coffee drinks (using beans from Square One), rotating teas, breakfasts like chocolate chia pudding, pastries, and gelato.

1335 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

milk being poured into iced coffeeLa Colombe [official photo]

La Colombe’s flagship location is a site to behold. The folks that introduced the world to draft lattes are always innovating, and it’s worth checking out this space that also cooks with a wood-fired oven. There are five La Colombes in the shop’s hometown of Philly, and several more in other cities.

217 W George St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The upstairs “library” room at this Northern Liberties hotspot is reason enough to visit (it’s both cozy and stunning), but Stumptown coffee forms the backbone for what might be the ultimate destination coffeeshop. Beyond well-crafted cups, One Shot also serves great food, house-made pastries, and a killer brunch.   

931 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Pronounced “win win,” this Spring Garden oasis also serves booze. It’s a no-frills hipster heaven for coffee aficionados and the place to enjoy espresso with a dash of gin.

2100 Spring St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

“We are simply the medium” is the mantra for this small batch (sometimes very small) single-origin roaster in Logan Square. Meaning: They’re just the conduit between good beans and the perfect sip. Famous for serving cold brew out of hand pumps on the back of tricycles, Peddler defines “boutique.” The vibes at the brick-and-mortar shop are decidedly retro-mad scientist. Try the Kyoto-style cold brew, which uses multiple glass drip chambers.

238 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

There’s the original Ultimo shop in Point Breeze, plus locations in Graduate Hospital, Germantown, and Rittenhouse, which is home to a custom powder-coated espresso machine. That machine isn’t just for looks — these coffee experts know how to pull a shot, and are among the best-trained baristas in the city. It’s also the coffee company’s most convenient location for Center City workers.

207 S Sydenham St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Elixr [official]

Center City oasis Elixr is still kicking out some of the best pour-overs in the city. Don’t let the original shop’s alley location be a deterrent — this is a go-to spot for high-quality cups. Find a stunner of a second shop, complete with an onsite roastery, in Callowhill and a lobby cafe in West Philly.

249 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The team at Square One, based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, knows how to roast. Their skills have gotten them nods as winners and finalists at the Good Food Awards in multiple years. And the baristas? They’ve won national competitions too, so put them to the test.

1101 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Sustainability and responsible sourcing are the buzz at Greenstreet, a cozy and funky roaster that goes to great lengths to secure the best, most ethical beans directly from producers. All that work and care translates to some of the best cups Philadelphia has to offer and should be on every coffeehead’s list. Even the shop’s website is thoughtful, offering useful how-tos and tips.

18 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Opened by an Elixr and Bodhi Coffee alum in 2014, this airy-yet-cozy cafe serves Dogwood Coffee out of Minneapolis to adoring fans in Old City. It serves as an outpost of good java in the tourist zone, and locals flock to it for its chill vibes and good sandwiches. A second location is nearby at the Bourse food hall.

701 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

In an innovative blend of co-working space and coffee shop, customers can rent a table at Rally to talk and work. It’s also a spot for pop-up retail in the evenings, so check the cafe’s calendar often. The beans here are from West Philly’s Blind Tiger Coffee, plus Rally sells Machine Shop Boulangerie pastries and Weckerly’s ice cream sandwiches.  

616 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Jazz on vinyl is always spinning at this charming Queen Village mainstay. Opened by two coffee industry veterans, Ox Coffee boasts a comfy space to hang out and a back garden. That vinyl? Some of it is also for sale. Stumptown beans make for the great coffee here, although the fact that co-owner Will Gross roasted for Stumptown goes a long way to explaining the extra attention to quality. How to explain the great music? Co-owner Max Cudworth is a jazz saxophonist. Note that this spot doesn’t have WiFi.

903 & 905 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This old-school, family-run coffee shop is right in the Italian Market, perfectly situated for both tourists and locals doing their morning shopping. The beans are roasted onsite, the pastries are made in-house, and Anthony’s Chocolate House is right next door.

1001 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Unlike most coffee shops in Philadelphia, Function Coffee Labs sources its beans from multiple roasters for an ever-changing single-origin line-up (it changes every one to two weeks). Meticulous care in brewing means Function is a coffee paradise, offering always-stimulating and seasonally fresh options. Listening to the baristas rattling off tasting notes for the hottest new beans is reason enough to visit.

542 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This Queen Village staple serves Counter Culture coffee and has a good tea list. It’s snug, but with its high ceiling and large communal table, it’s a chic spot to work. Big windows let in lots of natural light — all the better to see the baristas’ latte art by.  

1313 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

In Pennsport, Herman’s set up digs in a repurposed garage. In summer, the doors are thrown open to the outdoors for a lively al fresco java experience. Sacks of beans share space with communal wood tables for a hip, low-fi vibe. Owner Mat Falco mans the onsite roaster. Try an Espresso Tonic: two shots of espresso with Fever Tree Tonic in rotating flavors, like the fan-favorite grapefruit sage.

1100 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

coffee cup with design in the coffeeJames Narog

The coffee roaster of choice for many Philly restaurants also sells its freshly roasted beans in drip, chemex, and espresso forms at its three coffee bars. The third Rival Bros. location is changing the java DNA structure of East Passyunk. Set next to the Singing Fountain, the mod coffee shop boasts not only the best brew this far south, but also breads and pastries from both Machine Shop Boulangerie and High Street on Market.

1515 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

A vegan pioneer, Grindcore is a long-running hangout for South Philadelphians. The concept is simple: Great coffee and a fantastic selection of vegan food in a cozy space, all set to an unusual soundtrack mixing grindcore, punk, and whatever else the baristas are in the mood for. And while it might not seem like extreme punk/metal would be conducive for working, it’s surprisingly zen-like and a popular place to meet and work.  

4426 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In the last decade and a half, Green Line Cafe has grown to four West Philly locations and spots in Center City and Queen Village. The family-owned business, which considers itself “West Philly’s Living Room,” serves the community fair-trade coffee and health-conscious food.

2831 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Monkey & The Elephant [official]

This Brewerytown spot not only offers coffee and baked goods in a welcoming setting, it also has a mission worth supporting. The not-for-profit cafe employs former foster youth, so sipping a cortado also does good for the Philly community.

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