Be it for a fresh morning start or a late-afternoon jolt, Philadelphians love their coffee. And while a times anything caffeinated will do, we prefer to indulge in one of the city’s many independent shops, where ceramic cups are the norm and you don’t need to speak Italian to order correctly. If you want to go laid back the next time you perk up, check out one of these popular Philly java joints.
1 La Colombe Torrefaction
It's one thing to be a good coffee shop, it's another to be a good coffee roaster. La Colombe's Rittenhouse Square shop serves up rich little cups of their signature espresso in a simple, no nonsense atmosphere. The rustic wood tables are always full of locals coming in for a break from work or a casual meeting over the perfect lattes served in patterned cups. You can pick up bags of their signature roasts, too, so that you can bring the experience home.
130 South 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
2 Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery
Like a little entertainment with your joe? This coffeeshop is more rec room than restaurant, with ever-changing art, boardgames, books and more to keep you company as you nurse a mug of fair trade brew. Other perks include free WiFi, vegan pastries (they have the regular kind, too) and they okay to bring Fido in from the cold to enjoy that biscotti.
3 Mugshots CoffeeHouse & Cafe
Want that white mocha to also be green? Check out this popular coffee spot for all fair trade, organic beans and the delicious drinks they produce. The ingredients for their tempting menu of breakfast and lunch items, including breakfast wraps, grilled cheeses and salads, are also locally sourced.
2100 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
4 Spruce Street Espresso
Trendy and tiny, this corner shop is the genuine article, the kind of place where you stare in awe at the pretty designs twirled into the foam atop your latte. Professional baristas and delish Counter Culture beans deliver some of the best drinks in town. If only they had a few more square feet, we'd never leave.
1101 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19176
5 Ultimo Coffee Bar
Boutique-style brews are bubbling at this South Philly shop, where the coffee menu offers more varieties of beans than a Starbucks regular would know how to handle. Food comes from a variety of local bakers and artisans. The mix means that every time you enter, you'll have fresh choices. Also check out their sister store, Brew, a take-out bottled beer shop.
1900 South 15th St.