A good cup of coffee can be the difference between a good day and a great day. It can provide that added boost of productivity, or it can offer calming warmth during a chat with friends. Whether you’re looking for a nook to study or work, or a place to meet and converse, we’ve got you covered. Our favorite coffee shops and cafes in Philly have great brews, yummy eats, and cool and relaxing vibes.
Perhaps the flag bearer for coffee appreciation in Philadelphia, La Colombe remains the best place for rich Italian-style coffee in the city. Traditional, bold flavors highlight every cup, each of which is prepared and brewed strict with environmental standards in mind. But what makes La Colombe stand out even more is its intriguing draft latte, the first of its kind. Cold-pressed coffee and frothed milk are dispensed from a tap, similar to ordering a draft beer. La Colombe has locations in Fishtown, Independence Mall, Dilworth Plaza, and Rittenhouse Square.
1335 Frankford Ave.
Elixr’s smooth and flavorful espresso is some of the best in Philadelphia, and was awarded one of the KRUPS Best Brew Awards in 2012. The Center City space creates a relaxed but cool atmosphere with rustic chic design tones, and wallpaper, as well as plenty of seating and outlets. For a snack, check out the delicious pastry options. Whether it’s to hang out with friends, get some work done, or just to grab a cup and go, Elixr never disappoints.
207 S. Sydenham Street
One Shot serves Stumptown Coffee, which is a direct trade coffee shipped from a Brooklyn roastery every week. The cafe offers a rotating list of special espresso drinks every week in addition to regular menu items. Reclaimed wood and tile highlight the hip interior, and locally-grown organic food provides the perfect compliment to a cup of coffee (with vegetarian and vegan options too). House-made pastries, such as tarts, scones, and baby Kronuts, are always fresh and perfectly sweet. Be sure to check out the awesome library-esque space upstairs for a comfortable work or leisure atmosphere.
217 W. George Street
Rocket Cat Cafe serves coffee from Green Street Roasters, a fair trade certified roasting company that makes organic coffee locally. Vegan and non-vegan food options are also available to order. Unique, antique-like chairs and decorations provide a comforting atmosphere, and windows looking onto the street are perfect for people-watching. In the warmer months, guests can enjoy their beverages on an outdoor patio.
2001 Frankford Ave
Originally opened in Philly suburbs like Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, Milboy has branched into downtown. What started as a recording studio in 1994 has since branched out into two coffee shops and a bar/restaurant with live music. It’s not just the coffee that gets people excited—there’s great food, a full bar, and live music acts in the upstairs space.
1100 Chestnut Street