Food & Drink

The Best Coffee Shops in Philly

Published On 06/28/2016 Published On 06/28/2016
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Chapterhouse

Bella Vista

When we have to get stuff done and actually focus (or at least look really busy while browsing Facebook), Chapterhouse is one of our favorite coffee shops to do it. There’s a ton of space, ample natural light on the first floor, and friendly baristas. The coffee is all organic, fair-trade, and it also has a funky latte menu with options like the Mexican mocha and black & tan, made with peanut butter and chocolate.

Rival Bros. Coffee

Rival Bros.

Fitler Square

Started by lifelong friends and native Philadelphians Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi, Rival Bros is the brick and mortar location of its roasting operation (there used to also be a roving food truck). At Rival Bros., expect the standards: traditional drip coffee, a Chemex bar, and a variety of your standard espresso beverages. All of the coffee is prepared using beans roasted daily at its Frankford roastery and the shop also serves breads from High Street on Market.

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Ox Coffee

Queen Village

A short button hook off South Street, Queen Village’s Ox Coffee is a throwback to what coffee shops used to be: a place where you could hang out with your friends and get a good cup of coffee without having to fight over a table with someone on their first cup and eighth hour of computer-time (there's no Wi-Fi at Ox anyway). Started by two friends, Ox focuses on serving high-quality coffee that is harvested, processed, and roasted using sustainable organic practices. Ox has also recently started selling its own line of micro-roasted coffees for the DIY coffee fans.

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ReAnimator

Kensington & Fishtown

Located in the site of a former elevator factory, ReAnimator’s Kensington cafe and roastery is a coffee lover’s dream. The rehabbed space is completely open, allowing customers to see (and smell) the entire roasting process. And while the space itself is cool, it’s the coffee that really makes ReAnimator stick out. Every year, the ReAnimator team travels to locales like Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica to meet with its producers, brokers, and importers for super-involved quality control.

Old City Coffee

Old City

You could call Old City Coffee a hidden gem... it is, after all, pretty damn hard to find, even if you live in Old City. The 25-seat coffee shop of the same name is located on a tiny alleyway north of Market St between Second and Third Sts, and only serves batch-roasted Arabica coffee and Chest Teas, with a penchant toward strong flavors. Prices are also some of the lowest in the area too, with an XL coffee setting you back around $3.00.

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La Colombe

Fishtown & other locations

With 18 shops around the country, La Colombe has to be one of Philly’s most famous (and successful) food exports. Of the five local shops around town, our favorite is the flagship cafe in Fishtown. Inside a former warehouse (we're sensing a theme here... ), the cafe includes a coffee lab where owner Todd Carmichael invented the draft latte and a micro-distillery, where La Colombe produces Different Drum rum, a coffee-infused craft sipping rum. Pick your poison on how you want to get your buzz.

Elixr

Rittenhouse

Unlike some of the other roasters on the list that favor darker, bolder blends, Rittenhouse’s Elixir is about the lighter roasts, resulting in a less bitter, but slightly more acidic cup of coffee. If that sounds a little too hipster-coffee nerd for you, then you can stick to your cup of WaWa Kona. The rest of us will be enjoying a hand-pour at Elixr, stroking our well-groomed beards, listening to the latest Radiohead album.

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Greenstreet

Washington Square

Quality coffee has always been at the backbone of Greenstreet -- owners (and brothers) Tom and Chris Molieri first started as coffee roasters, only to open up a cafe when they realized how much they loved teaching new people about coffee. So at this Washington Square West cafe, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The Molieri brothers will be happy to help you find the perfect cup.

Grindcore House

Pennsport

Turns out, vegan (and vegetarian) stuff isn’t half bad, which is what first got us hooked on Pennsport’s Grindcore House. Located on the ground floor of a row house, the vegan coffee shop is dripping with cool -- there’s dark wood, tin ceilings, and a heavy metal and hardcore soundtrack on rotation at all times. And since it’s a vegan shop, there's every choice of non-dairy milk you could want: soy, almond, rice, coconut.

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Menagerie

Old City

If Bon AppĂ©tit editors are getting coffee drinks from here, you should probably follow suit. Menagerie serves up a fine cup of artisanal coffee and beverages -- think carefully selected espresso blends and hand-pours. There isn't the most available seating, but if you do nab a spot at one of the blonde wood tables or tree stumps in the front window, you'll be treated to a serene woodland vibe -- an appreciated respite from city life with a great cup of coffee to ruminate over.

Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House

Italian Market

Like most places in the Italian Market, Anthony’s has a story that traces back a few generations. The coffee shop and chocolate house is in the same spot where Anthony’s grandfather operated Anastasio's & Sons Produce for nearly 50 years. It timelessly focuses on the simple things done well: good espresso and Italian roasted coffee. Chocolates, cookies, and other signature sweets. We’re pretty sure it’s a spot that our grandads would have liked to grab a cup of coffee at 50 years ago, too.

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1. Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery 620 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

This Bella Vista cafe and gallery offers organic roasts, tasty treats, and funky lattes in a warm, brick-walled setting. Hosting numerous art exhibitions and readings, local artists flock to this homey locale for its friendly and quirky vibe. Options off the latte menu, like the Mexican mocha and black & tan, made with peanut butter and chocolate, are sweet and sure to please.

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2. Rival Bros Coffee 2400 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Founded by native Philadelphians, life-long friends and coffee aficionados Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi, Rival Bros is former mobile food truck turned brick and mortar. At Rival Bros., expect the typical craft coffee bar standards: traditional drip coffee, a Chemex bar, and a variety of your standard espresso beverages. All of the coffee is prepared using beans roasted daily at its Frankford roastery and the shop also serves breads from High Street on Market.

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3. OX Coffee 616 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

This brainchild of two life-long friends and veteran coffee roasters, Ox Coffee's a pint-sized labor of love that's set up shop in Queen Village. Regularly rotating vinyl records, Stumptown coffee on tap, and cute backyard space make Ox a quaint local favorite. There's no Wi-Fi at Ox, so come prepared to have a conversation.

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4. ReAnimator Coffee 900 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

ReAnimator's a chill brick and mortar cafe with locations and Kensington & Fishtown. They're also an online coffee purveyor, specializing in small-batch single origin and blended joe roasts from around the world. Snag the favorite brew of your choice and a cool mug and t-shirt when you buy one of their combo packs, or subscribe and get your brew of choice delivered to your door on the regular.

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5. Old City Coffee, Inc. 221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

You could call Old City Coffee a hidden gem... it is, after all, pretty damn hard to find, even if you live in Old City. This Philly mini-chain's Old City location is a cute and cozy hole in the wall off Church St-- this tiny beanery and cafe hosts a simple seating area and outdoor benches perfect for lazy weekend people watching. Generously portioned lattes, bistro salads, and freshly baked muffins and pastries round out the cafe menu.

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6. La Colombe Torrefaction Rittenhouse Square 130 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

With 18 shops around the country, La Colombe has to be one of Philly’s most famous (and successful) food exports. Frothy cappuccinos in china cups pack the marble tables of Philly's preeminent bean-roasters, who've expanded their buzz from New York, to Seoul, and now to you with its seven proprietary coffee blends, plus cold-pressed iced coffee available for sale by the bottle.

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7. Elixr 207 S Sydenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

Abandoning its Broad Street digs, Elixr's now set up a block away on that little stretch of Syndenham between Walnut & Chestnut. The menu -- like the space -- is larger, with Intelligentsia beans joining their existing PT & Southpaw espresso blends. The hipster friendly, rustic locale sports a) maybe the raddest bathroom entrance ever (a sliding industrial meat freezer door) and b) definitely the oddest marble coffee counter ever (it's from an old restroom at Penn).

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8. GreenStreet Coffee Roasters 1101 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Owners (and brothers) Tom and Chris Molieri's GreenStreet is a sweet neighborhood java shop serving up sustainably sourced brew, all roasted at their processing facility on Alter Street. The cozy Spruce Street cafe hosts GreenStreet's well-curated selection of single origin and blended house brews from around the world. Don’t be afraid to ask questions while browsing; the Molieri brothers will be happy to help you find the perfect cup.

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9. Grindcore House 1515 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Pennsport)

This heavy metal coffeehouse serves vegan fare and strong house roasts in Pennsport. Located on the ground floor of a row house, Grindcore House's unpretentious digs and hardcore soundtrack contrasts with its decadent, no-dairy lattes (get yours with almond, soy, or coconut milk). Fill up on healthy, vegetable-packed deli sandwiches in addition to bagels and donuts from the pastry case.

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10. Menagerie Coffee 18 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This brightly lit Old City coffee shop serves up fine artisanal coffees and espresso-based beverages, including caramel macchiatos, pour-overs, and cappuccinos signed with beautiful latte art. It's mostly a grab-and-go shop, but if you're lucky enough to grab a seat at one of the blonde wood tables, you'll be treated to a serene woodland vibe -- an appreciated respite from city life with a great cup of coffee to ruminate over.

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11. Anthony's Italian Coffee House 903 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Like most places in the Italian Market, Anthony’s has a story that traces back a few generations. The coffee shop and chocolate house is in the same spot where Anthony’s grandfather operated Anastasio's & Sons Produce for nearly 50 years. Today, it continues to offer up a repertoire of expertly prepared espresso-based drinks, chocolates, cannoli, and paninis.

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