When you mix artists with students and business people—all in abundance here in Philadelphia—there’s one common denominator: good cafés. Looking for a place to perk up has long meant more than the simple need for some caffeine. Today’s java drinkers look for good ambience, food and even music when choosing their coffee joints. Here are some of the hippest cafés in Philadelphia.
The name says it all, there is just plenty to enjoy at this local hangout. Partnered with Square One Coffee, Plenty takes an artisanal approach to in-house roasting and blends. Outdoor seating and gourmet sandwiches and breakfast—try the pancetta hash—adds up to one hip café.
There’s something hipster and playful about Cake and the Beanstalk, a local spot drenched in natural light and good charm. The real sell here is the collection of baked goods, which will keep you coming back with options like banana chocolate walnut cake and blueberry crumb cake.
Come here for the food. One of the best breakfast spots in all of Philadelphia, the Green Eggs café delights patrons with signature red velvet pancakes, pork bacon creole shrimp-and-grits and classic breakfast burrito.
Free, reliable wi-fi, quiet music and organic and fair trade certified coffees all add to the simple loveliness of the Good Karma Café. Grab your laptop or a book and set up in their backyard garden with a latte and bacon egg and cheese on a bagel!
A café and a gallery wrapped into one, Chapterhouse is an artsy culturalist’s dream spot for a cup of joe. Its nutella lattes are a huge seller, and a glass storefront overlooking 9th Street makes for some peaceful people watching while hanging out.