I can’t live without coffee. Hot, iced, frothed, plain–I’ll drink it any way. I believe in supporting local businesses, and some of the best coffee I’ve tasted has been in local cafes. I always seek out new (& new-to-me) coffee joints in my travels, and have found some lovely spots along the way. Here are my favorite places in Philly for a caffeine fix.
La Colombe: My personal favorite. To me, this is the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. This warm, welcoming shop serves their own house blends, which range from mild to bold. Baristas expertly handcraft your beverages, and the large space of the 19th St. location is great for lingering. Iced coffee during hot weather is a must–it’s the best. (Image by David Maialetti, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News)
- 130 S. 19th Street (Rittenhouse Square)
- 1414 S. Penn Square (Rittenhouse Square)
- New location at 1135-49 Frankford Avenue (Fishtown) coming soon.
Rival Bros.: Fact: a coffee truck is better than a food truck. Rival Bros. serves a rotating selection of artisan house blends that will remind you what great coffee should taste like. (Image via Rival Bros.)
- Coffee truck: 33rd & Arch Streets (University City)
- Shop coming soon to 500 S. 24th Street (Fitler Square)
Shot Tower Coffee: This bright, airy space in Queen Village serves Counter Culture Coffee, and espressos made on a La Marzocco machine. They also offer a pretty extensive tea selection, too. It’s a comfortable, welcoming corner spot, and overall a nice place to sit back and enjoy a cup (or several). (Image via Shot Tower)
Location: 542 Christian Street (Queen Village)
Ultimo Coffee: This place is serious about coffee. They get tend to get all technical in the descriptions of their menu and brewing techniques. If you’re into that, great! If you’re not, no problem; the staff is really friendly and won’t bore you to death with details when you just want to sit and enjoy a coffee. The Graduate Hospital location is beneath Philly’s Counter Culture training center, while the South Philly location shares space with Brew, a craft beer takeout. Coffee + beer = greatest idea ever. (Image via Ultimo)
- 2149 Catharine Street (Graduate Hospital)
- 1900 S. 15th Street (Newbold/South Philly)
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