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Where to Get the Best Cup of Coffee in Philadelphia

Caffeine addict? Check out these chill, cozy coffee spots around the city.

Coffee is my lifeblood. Not to be dramatic or anything. But seriously, I cannot recall the last time I went a day without coffee. I still am a true Dunkin’ fan, and I even love a cold brew or classic java chip frappe from Starbucks. 

Those chain coffee shops are studded through the city, and you’ll always be able to find one. But if you are visiting Philadelphia or even just a native who wants to try something new, skip that frappe at Starbucks & check out these local Philly coffee shops.

people enjoying coffee and pastries in a coffee shop in philly

I have tried coffee shops all over the city, and I wish you could try them all. Going to a coffee shop is always unique: is the coffee shop a calm, quiet place to work? Are the walls covered in Vinyl Records or shelves of books? Does it smell sweet like baked goods or is it that perfect coffee smell that drew you in? It’s a little adventure & I am going to take on each little one as we go down the list.  

Top Coffee Shops in Philly 

  1. La Colombe 
  2. Good Karma
  3. Rowhome
  4. One Shot
  5. United By Blue
  6. Green Line Cafe
  7. The Monkey & The Elephant
  8. Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books
  9. Elixr
  10. Tela’s
  11. Rival Bros. 
  12. Milkcrate
  13. Coffee Cream & Dreams
  14. Herman’s Coffee
  15. Saxby’s

La Colombe

1335 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (267) 479-1600
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La Colombe’s coffee is in shops and stores all over the city and for good reason – it’s awesome. But going to the flagship shop in Fishtown is an adventure on it’s own. There is food, a coffee tasting room, cocktails, even coffee classes. Get your favorite coffee order, or my suggestion, the draft latte. It is an even better version of their delicious canned latte’s sold in stores.  

And if you don’t have a La Colombe nearby, may I suggest ordering their box of cold brew online (you must!). 


Good Karma

928 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone:  (267) 519-8860
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Good Karma has such a relaxing, fun vibe. The Grad Hospital location has outdoor seating, and on a perfect day there is no better place to work. They have made to order breakfast & lunch sandwiches and daily baked goods. 

Their seasonal drinks are great, try the Violet Sunset (an oat milk latte with cardamom), and their iced coffee is my go to. It is a great cafe for work, a quick meeting, or coffee with friends. 


Rowhome

2536 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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New to the scene, and absolutely hear to stay, Rowhome Coffee is a must try. It is next to a beautiful playground for your kids and large park to sit with a book or do some work. An absolute must mention is their breakfast sandwich. Pork Roll, egg and cheese on a Philadelphia Soft Pretzel. That’s your perfect order. The coffee is from all over the world, and the baristas are knowledgeable about which one you should try. A hot coffee and a soft pretzel sandwich is the perfect coffee shop combination you never knew you needed. 


One Shot

217 W George St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
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One Shot cafe is a wonderful little experience. Upstairs is a cozy, cool library to read and relax in (very instagrammable). They serve a Croissant Monte Cristo that is to die for. French toast made with croissants stuffed with bacon, cheese & jam. Try the Brown Sugar Pistachio Latte (make it dirty!).

Oh, and for your non-coffee addict friends? Their tea menu is just as special as their coffee drink menu. And if you can only pick one thing, let it be one of the pastries. Almost everything is made in house – yes, even including the baby kronuts. 


United By Blue

3421 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (267) 457-3114
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Have you ever wanted to go shopping inside of a coffee shop? Or study and shop AND get coffee? United By Blue is the place. The coffee is so great, but the most amazing thing about United By Blue is that every product purchased = one pound of trash removed from oceans and waterways. Sustainability is their priority. As for food, the smoothie bowls are great, and the Better BLT is a must. Shop, grab an espresso, bring a book, eat lunch – the possibilities are endless. 


Green Line Cafe

518 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 
Phone: (215) 469-3225
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Green Line Cafe has a few locations and is on almost every list you’ll find when you look up Philly coffee shops. Now, you can even order the coffee beans online for your own perfect cup of coffee. But if you have a chance to pick up there are two things you have to get: the house-made muffins and the house-made raspberry cream cheese danish. Walk away with your pastries and a small iced mocha and your day will be made. 


The Monkey & The Elephant

2831 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (267) 457-5334
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Some of the adventures that come from coffee shops in Philadelphia are pretty amazing and The Monkey & The Elephant is no different. They are dedicated to the youth who have aged out of foster care, and employ them at M&E as part of their program. When you buy your pour over coffee & breakfast panini (my favorites), you are supporting so much more than just a small business.

Sit in their garden on a nice day, or take some Instagram pictures in front of their beautifully painted walls. M&E “where an ordinary purchase makes extraordinary impact”- an IG bio we can get behind. 


Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books

5445 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 
Phone: (215) 403-7058
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Another shop on lists all over the internet, Uncle Bobbie’s is a place I genuinely could move into and live. Book lovers unite here. Their mission is to create a safe place for underserved communities to have access to books, a whole other adventure all on their own. You can’t go wrong with the sweet potato pie, and they have a full coffee & espresso bar. So you know you can grab a good book, dessert and your favorite drink and be set for a very relaxing hour or two of your day. 


Elixr

1600 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 
Phone: (239) 404-1730
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Elixr provides wholesale coffee to a lot of the city, but if you are craving a specialty lighter roast, head inside at one of their three locations in Philly. Their spaces are open and filled with natural light. It’s the perfect place to get exactly the coffee order you want & have a chat with a friend or lunch meeting. If you are also a self-proclaimed coffee snob (it’s okay, we all know one!), the Roastery on N 12th is a really cool place to go and buy some coffee beans for your at home espresso making or pour over coffee. 


Tela’s Market

1833 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 
Phone: (215) 235-0170
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Tela’s in Fairmount is one of my personal favorite coffee shops in the city. The food is awesome, the coffee is awesome, the vibe is even better. And there is a sweet little market attached with premade food, a meat counter, smoothies and even a few things you may need for that night’s dinner.  You have to order the egg sandwich exactly as it comes (meat of choice = bacon), and an iced coffee. Set up shop for the day with your laptop, or go for a work meeting or lunch. 


Rival Bros.

1100 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Rival Bros. is another one with housemade coffee. The Champion Blend is a new roast to try, but you can get all the information you have ever wanted about their blends of coffee beans on their website if you choose to order. As for pick up, their menu is classic and delicious and their pastries are stunning. This is the perfect coffee shop to start your morning if you are going for a cozy stroll through the city. Grab a cappuccino and chocolate croissant and you are set. Oh, and the blueberry tart is as tasty as it is beautiful. 


Milkcrate Cafe

400 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 
Phone: (267) 909-8348
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Imagine your favorite record store, filled with milkcrate upon milkcrate stuffed with albums and vinyls for endless listening. Now imagine it has a coffee shop inside, and breakfast sandwiches named after popular musicians. 

Welcome to Milkcrate Cafe. Bring your old records to sell if you have some lying around. But here’s your order: Notorious E.G.G, bacon, eggs, cheddar on a Merzbacher’s Everything English Muffin and an iced coffee. You also can’t go wrong with Bagella Fitzgerald or Avocado Toast Malone. 


Coffee Cream & Dreams

1500 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (267) 225-7602
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Coffee Cream & Dreams is another shop new-ish to the scene and was a necessary addition to Fairmount Ave. It is the perfect coffee shop to bring your laptop to, have endless coffee and pastries. Grab an iced latte and a danish to start your morning work day or a ham & cheese croissant at lunch. They even sell La Colombe coffee beans to go to you can make a few stops in one when you get to Coffee Cream & Dreams. 


Herman’s Coffee

1313 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Herman’s Coffee is an ultimate Sunday morning adventure (OR afternoon). Not only are they a coffee shop with amazing specialty drinks (hello Speculoos Latte made with cookie butter). Friday to Sunday Herman’s has different food truck pop ups with some serious eats. And on Saturday’s you can grab a coffee & lunch and shop the vendors at their Saturday market. Basically you can spend the whole weekend at Herman’s and we aren’t sure you will tire of it. 


Saxby’s

4000 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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I know Saxby’s is spotted all around the area these days, but we aren’t afraid to put a chain or franchise on our lists. There is something about the place that you know will always be good no matter which city you’re in and Saxby’s is our choice. 

You absolutely must try the donut steeped coffee. Yes, you heard us right. The donut flavors are rotating weekly and available Wednesdays to Sundays. But feel free to skip the donuts and grab your favorite coffee order because Saxby’s just always gets it right. 


Final Thoughts

Are you the coffee shop goer who needs a workspace? Or one who just wants to try something new; like buy a vinyl record or snuggle up in a small library. This list has coffee shops all over the city, with different missions, different settings, amazing food, and of course any coffee drink you could ever want. 

And if you are by chance a caffeine addict who also loves cheeseburgers, check out the latest article I did on where to eat the best burgers in Philly.

Did I miss any of your favorite coffee spots? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!

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Written by Sam Florio

Sam is a recipe developer and food writer. Check out all of her original creations at Quarter Soul Crisis (@quartersoulcrisis). She has lived in Philly for 6 years & grew up in the suburbs, so writing about her favorite places to eat to share with you is really exciting!