Coffee is the new buzzword, and as the worldwide coffee culture grows in leaps and bounds, so do more and more cafés, coffeehouses, roastery’s, and coffee trucks explode onto the scene, and Philadelphia is no exception. The City of Brotherly Love has seen an explosion of independent third wave coffee shops that focus on sustainable, single-origin sourcing and supporting local farmers and coffee growers, along with cafés that take their coffee as seriously as oenophiles take their wine. From a perfectly made Australian flat white to a carefully created cold brew, here are some of the top spots in Philly to grab a great cup of java. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Function Coffee Labs
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Coffee gets scientific at Function Coffee Labs, which, unlike most coffee shops in Philadelphia, sources its beans from multiple roasters offering an ever-changing single-origin line-up of excellent coffees. The cozy white-and-brown corner cafe in South Philly is owned by former mechanical engineer Ross Nickerson who marries coffee and science to produce out-of-this-world options like his signature “Coffee Shot" espresso shots, precisely crafted pour-overs, flights, and traditional espresso drinks. The coffee is accompanied by a menu of delicious light bites like Stroop waffles, flaky pastries, homemade quiche, and warm oatmeal, which can be enjoyed throughout the day. Function Coffee Labs is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
1001 S 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 267-606-6734
2.La Colombe Coffee Roasters
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One of Philadelphia’s most renowned coffee roasting companies, La Colombe Coffee Roasters were the first to introduce rich Italian-style espressos, lattes on tap, and excellent macchiatos to the city’s coffee scene. Boasting five coffee shops in the shop’s hometown of Philly, and several more in other cities, La Colombe has been roasting and serving traditional European coffees since 1994 with five flagship blends. Co-founders Todd Carmichael and Jean-Philippe Iberti pride themselves on creating a coffee brand with a focus on sustainability and socially responsible coffee-growing, enabling support for local farmers and producers. All the locations serve a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos along with fresh pastries and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch daily.
1335 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, Phone: 267-479-1600
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Bodhi Coffee is a quaint coffee shop and cozy escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby South Street that serves their own sustainably sourced house-roasted coffee. Tucked inside a historic rowhome, the chilled coffee shop boasts an independent alternative neighborhood social scene vibe, displaying local artworks, and hosting interesting events such as book and poetry readings, open-mic sessions and games nights. The tiny café serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffees like lavender lattes, along with mouthwatering pastries, artisanal paninis, sweet treats, and pantry goods. Bodhi Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
410 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 267-239-2928
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4.Green Line Cafe
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The Green Line Cafe is a popular coffee chain with several locations around the city that serves fair-trade coffee and healthy fare, along with live music and a warm and welcoming vibe. The small, family-owned business has grown from a single coffeehouse based in a historic building once known as West Philly’s Living Room to five vibrant and buzzing cafés around the city. The restaurant serves organic, Fair-Trade coffee from Equal Exchange and a menu of fresh, farm-to-table fare such as gourmet seasonal and signature sandwiches, breakfast dishes of oatmeal, eggs, and omelets, and new bakery goods including pastries, muffins, croissants, donuts. The Green Line Cafe open for breakfast and lunch and dinner in some locations daily.
Main office: 4239 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19104, Phone: 215-222-3431
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5.Lucky Goat Coffee House
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The Lucky Goat Coffee House is a quaint family-owned neighborhood coffeehouse that serves classic and specialty espresso drinks, loose-leaf teas, homemade soups, and freshly baked goods in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. The café has several locations around the city, including Brewerytown, Fairmount, Francisville, Sharswood, and Greater Philadelphia and offers high-speed wireless Internet and a laid-back vibe, and serve La Colombe coffee, Novus and Two Leaves premium teas, and a rotating selection of high-quality, locally-sourced and made baked treats, pastries, sandwiches, and soups. The Lucky Goat Coffee House is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
888 N 26th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Phone: 215-978-4628
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6.Lil' Pop Shop & Coffee
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Boasting two locations in the city - Rittenhouse and West Philly - Lil’ Pop Shop and Bakery is a quirky café and shop that specializes in small-batch artisan ice pops, handcrafted pies and Rival Brother's espresso drinks. The bakery produces a variety of mouthwatering sweet treats made with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients such as apple pie bars with salted caramel, and signature salted caramel brownie pops. The cozy café serves traditional and specialty coffees, along with baked delights such as cheesecake cookies, blackberry cheesecake bars, lemon and vanilla buttercream mini cakes, seasonal doughnut muffins, feta scallion scones, and strawberry lemon trifles. Customized cakes can also be ordered, including wedding cakes and birthday cake popsicles with Swiss meringue buttercream and sprinkles. Lil’ Pop Shop and Bakery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
229 S 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-309-5822
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© Menagerie Coffee
Menagerie Coffee is an airy-yet-cozy, locally-owned and operated specialty coffee shop in Old City that serves Dogwood Coffee from Minneapolis and handcrafted gourmet sandwiches. Opened by a Bodhi Coffee and Elixr alum in 2014, the causal neighborhood café has comfortable décor, retro-style lighting, and a chilled, laid-back vibe and offers traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees, and espressos from the espresso bar. A menu of fresh, farm-to-table fare and locally sourced small eats such as paninis, sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and other sweet treats, and the coffee house is open seven days a week.
18 S. 3rd Street and the Bourse Food Hall (111 S Independence Mall E), Philadelphia, PA 19106
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8.OCF Coffee House Fairmount
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OCF Coffee House in Fairmount is one of several OCF Coffee House locations in the city that serves Square One coffee and a full lunch menu in a chic contemporary atmosphere. Based in a historic warehouse that has been transformed into a spacious all-day-brunch-serving caffeine-ery, the neighborhood café has a spacious interior with simple, industrial décor, long, wooden communal tables, and large garage doors. The restaurant serves classic and specialty coffee made with small-batch beans from Milwaukee, along with a menu packed with sandwiches, salads, and vegetarian-friendly options -don’t miss the cornflake-crusted French toast. OCF Coffee House is open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner daily.
2100 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Phone: 267-773-8081
9.Passero's Coffee Roasters
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One of Philadelphia's oldest coffee houses, Passero's Coffee Roasters, is an inviting café that serves a wide range of organic, Fair-Trade coffees and teas, fresh pastries, and baked goods in a warm and welcoming ambiance. Passero's has several stores around the city with its flagship shop on the ground floor of the Franklin in Washington Square West. All of the locations house-roast their coffee beans and serve a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos, along with an array of baked goods including plenty of vegan options. Passero's Coffee Roasters is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
The Franklin Building, 834 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 267-318-7074
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10.Good Karma Cafe
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Owned by David Arrell, Good Karma Café has four eco-friendly Center City locations and serves Organic, and Fair-Trade Certified coffees and focuses on sustainable best-practices. Opened in 2008, Good Karma Café can be found on Broad Street in the Theater District, Fitler Square, Society Hill, and in Schuylkill Banks and all locales serve 100% Organic and Fair-Trade Certified coffee roasted by the Boston-based worker-owned coop Equal Exchange. The coffee houses also serve fresh handmade gourmet sandwiches and bakery-fresh pastries, which can be enjoyed inside the cozy cafés or on their lovely patios or sidewalk seating. Good Karma Café has partnered with the Wilma Theatre at their newest location and serves feature local crafts beers, casual wines, and an ever-expanding menu of food.
Society Hill: 928 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 267-519-8860
11.Bluestone Lane Rittenhouse Square Cafe
Bluestone Lane City Hall Coffee Shop is a Melbourne-inspired coffee place with three locations - a street-level cafe in The Warwick Hotel in Rittenhouse Square, and coffee shops in King of Prussia and near City Hall. The coffee house serves Melbourne roastery Niccolo beans, which are made into Australian-style espresso drinks, and specialty brews such as piccolos, magics, and iced long blacks, along with a light menu of daytime eats such as avocado smash toast. Bluestone Lane’s Rittenhouse Square Café was the chain’s inaugural café in Philadelphia and is housed in the historic Warwick Rittenhouse Hotel with a comprehensive menu of farm-fresh fare such as ratatouille-style baked eggs, Bircher muesli, and pea and mint smash.
1 S Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 718-374-6858
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Located in Washington Square West, Bower Café offers a unique concept that combines a coffee shop and charcuterie with gracious, welcoming hospitality. Established by Thane Wright, the inviting coffee-café sources and serves the highest quality coffee beans, which are roasted to perfection and serve with passion and flair. The coffee shop has comfortable décor with bright, quirky murals on the walls, and chalkboards highlighting the menu, and pairs locally crafted meats, open-face sandwiches, and toasts with traditional coffees, specialty coffee and espresso drinks, and cold brews. Bower Café is open for open for breakfast and lunch, daily.
263 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 267-758-5536
13.Elixr Coffee Roasters
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Founded in 2010, Elixr Coffee Roasters was a pioneer in Philly’s craft coffee scene and has been a long-standing go-to spot for both locals and visitors exploring Walnut Street. The café a rustic-chic, wood-heavy space with eco-friendly reclaimed wood paneling, cool marble countertops, and comfy wraparound wall sofas and specializes in lighter-roasted unique coffees, including the superb Synesso Hydra-brewed espresso. Elixr Coffee Roasters boasts three inviting locations – the original flagship café in Center City, a coffeehouse with an onsite roastery in Callowhill, and an elegant lobby café in West Philly, all of which are open for breakfast and lunch, daily.
207 S Sydenham Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Phone: 239-404-1730
14.Franny Lou's Porch
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Located on the corner of York and Coral streets in East Kensington, Franny Lou’s Porch is a snug coffee shop with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that offers a gathering space for the community to gather and enjoy great coffee, light fare and a place to encourage cultural awareness. Owned by Blew Kind, the charming coffee shop has a comfortable, living room-style interior with homey décor and a cozy ambiance and serves a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees, and espressos, along with an array of baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, and decadent desserts. Franny Lou’s Porch is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
2400 Coral St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, Phone: 267-596-6274
15.Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar
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Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar is a cozy, vintage-style café that serves freshly roasted small-batch coffee and homemade baked goods in a charming and comfy space. Formerly known as Walnut Bridge Coffee House, Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar features an eclectic spacious interior with a bright red floor, dark wood tables, and dining counters, and a retro mix of seating ranging from wooden and upholstered benches, bistro chairs, and stools. The coffee shop serves classic and specialty coffee including drip coffee, chilled drips, pour overs, and Kyoto-style iced coffee, and sells beans in retail bags to take home. The bakery bakes and serves a range of pastries, muffins, scones, and special treats, as well as offers custom-made wedding cakes and more. Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday.
15 S 20th St #3528, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-496-9033
16.Old City Coffee
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Old City Coffee is a long-standing coffee roastery and café that has been serving small-batch high-grade Arabica coffee for more than 25 years. With three high-traffic locations around the city in Old City and Reading Terminal Market, Old City Coffee is a Philadelphia-metro operated business that roasts and serves high-grade Arabica high grown coffee in a variety of classic and specialty coffee and espresso drinks. Old City Coffee also sells the freshest, highest-grade coffees, which are roasted and shipped within forty-eight hours from the Terminal location, along with an array of brewing accessories. Old City Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch daily at all three locations.
221 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-629-9292
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17.Rival Bros Coffee Bar
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Rival Bros Coffee Bar is a sleek, unpretentious coffee bar with three locations around the city that serves pristine pour-overs, classic cold brews, drip, Chemex, and espresso forms and trendy coffee drinks like nitro ice cream floats in a stylish and inviting atmosphere. Established by two childhood friends, the coffee bar is decorated in dark masculine hues of navy and black with Clint Eastwood quotes on the walls and takes pride in offering creative drinks, attentive baristas, and good vibes. Signature drinks include the Derringer, which is named after the 19th-century pistol and is a cortado in a Gibraltar glass. The drinks can be paired with delicious loaves of bread and pastries from the local bakers at High Street on Market. Rival Bros Coffee Bar is open every day from dawn until dusk.
2400 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
18.United by Blue
United by Blue is a unique concept that combines clothing with coffee to create a one-of-a-kind retail space. Opened in 2013 and based in a historic building dating back to the early 1900s, the flagship store and coffeehouse in Old City features repurposed materials and boasts a space that showcases a fashionable line of apparel and accessories along with a modern coffeehouse serving some of the city's finest organic coffee and farm-to-table fare. United by Blue has a second location on Walnut Street in the bustling University City neighborhood and is based in a beautifully restored space that features textured maple floors are from a 100-year old home in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, LED lighting and eco-friendly coffee accessories. The store serves a menu of breakfast and lunch options made with fresh locally sourced ingredients and a variety of great coffee.
205 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-457-3114
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19.Germantown Espresso Bar
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Germantown Espresso Bar is a community space and espresso bar that provides a comfy, cozy, and creative space for the community to gather. Opened in 2017, the café serves coffees from around the city and further afield, along with freshly baked pastries, gourmet sandwiches, and other light bites. The creative space displays local artists' work on the walls and hosts weekly events throughout the year, such as live music, poetry and book readings, comedy shows and other performances. The coffee bar serves traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos from the espresso bar. A menu of fresh, farm-to-table fare and locally sourced small eats such as paninis, sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and other sweet treats, and is open seven days a week.
26 Maplewood Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19144, Phone: 267-331-8380
20.Greenstreet Coffee Co.
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Greenstreet Coffee Roasters is a small and sustainable Spruce Street shop that serves single-origin, ethically-sourced coffees with ethical beans. Brothers Tom and Chris Molieri pride themselves on creating a coffee brand with a focus on sustainability and socially responsible coffee-growing, enabling support for local farmers and producers, allowing for transparency from seed to cup. Greenstreet Coffee Roasters serves a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos along with fresh pastries and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch daily. The coffee house also offers cupping classes, with one free public cupping once a month, and is open seven days a week.
1101 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 610-504-3934
© Grindcore House
Grindcore House is a hip, retro all-vegan coffee shop in Pennsport that serves traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos along with vegan-friendly fare. One of the pioneers of the local vegan food scene, Grindcore House serves a menu of healthy, delicious fare such as sandwiches, bagels, salads, and freshly baked goods, all of which are vegan-friendly. The coffeehouse has teamed up with wholesale patisserie Crust Bakery to form a new collaborative business in West Philadelphia and will serve freshly baked animal-free cookies, cakes, and slices, including Crust’s coffee cake, gluten-free S’mores bars, and chocolate chip cookie sandwiches. Grindcore House is open seven days a week.
1515 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 215-839-3333
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22.Anthony's Italian Coffee & Chocolate House
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Anthony's Italian Coffee & Chocolate House is an old-school, family-run coffee shop in the Italian Market that serves house-roasted and freshly brewed coffee, and in-house baked pastries. Legacy institution of the Italian Market and a mainstay of Philly coffee for more than two decades, Anthony’s offers the perfect combination of outstanding Italian coffee, freshly baked, mouthwatering pastries, homemade gelato, and handmade chocolates. Anthony's Italian Coffee offers a variety of catering services with everything from breakfast and lunch trays to pastry baskets and gelato tubs and is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
903 & 905 S 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 215-627-2586
© ReAnimator Coffee
ReAnimator Coffee is a nationally-acclaimed micro coffee roaster with several coffee shops around the city that serves their own house-roasted beans in a variety of classic hot and cold coffee brews and specialty espresso drinks, along with a farm-to-table menu of locally sourced toasts. Founders Mark Capriotti and Mark Corpus opened the first outpost in Schuylkill, which featured sleekly minimalist interiors with walnut and brass finishes, a theme which resonates throughout the Fishtown and Kensington shops. ReAnimator Coffee are partners in the all-day café Res Ipsa in Center City, Hello Donuts at Frankford Avenue, and several local musicians. ReAnimator Coffee is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea daily.
4705 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19143, Phone: 215-921-5953
23 Best Philadelphia Coffee Shops
- Function Coffee Labs, Photo: Function Coffee Labs
- La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Photo: La Colombe Coffee Roasters
- Bodhi Coffee, Photo: yingyaipumi/stock.adobe.com
- Green Line Cafe, Photo: Green Line Cafe
- Lucky Goat Coffee House, Photo: Lucky Goat Coffee House
- Lil' Pop Shop & Coffee, Photo: Lil' Pop Shop & Coffee
- Menagerie Coffee, Photo: Menagerie Coffee
- OCF Coffee House Fairmount, Photo: OCF Coffee House Fairmount
- Passero's Coffee Roasters, Photo: Passero's Coffee Roasters
- Good Karma Cafe, Photo: Good Karma Café
- Bluestone Lane Rittenhouse Square Cafe, Photo: sutichak/stock.adobe.com
- Bower Cafe, Photo: banlai/stock.adobe.com
- Elixr Coffee Roasters, Photo: Elixr Coffee Roasters
- Franny Lou's Porch, Photo: Franny Lou's Porch
- Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar, Photo: Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar
- Old City Coffee, Photo: Old City Coffee
- Rival Bros Coffee Bar, Photo: Rival Bros Coffee Bar
- United by Blue, Photo: tashka2000/stock.adobe.com
- Germantown Espresso Bar, Photo: Germantown Espresso Bar
- Greenstreet Coffee Co., Photo: Greenstreet Coffee Co.
- Grindcore House, Photo: Grindcore House
- Anthony's Italian Coffee & Chocolate House, Photo: Anthony's Italian Coffee & Chocolate House
- ReAnimator Coffee, Photo: ReAnimator Coffee
- Cover Photo: izzzy71/stock.adobe.com
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