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The Best Coffee Spots in Philly

Specialty lattes, drip coffee, and beans to-go are just some of the highlights at these neighborhood coffee destinations

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As the country’s coffee culture evolves, so do the number of spots to enjoy a great cup of java in Philadelphia. The city has seen an explosion of third wave coffee, where sustainable ethos, single origin sourcing, and attention to detail in the cup translates to a whole new world of caffeinating. Cafes embracing that ethos take their brews seriously, not unlike sommeliers with wine. A number of new coffee shops have opened during the pandemic, giving Philadelphians even more to love about the city’s coffee scene. Here are the decidedly excellent spots to drink coffee right now.

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Càphê Roasters

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Thu Pham has been roasting her specialty Vietnamese coffee to sell wholesale on J Street for over three years, but her full-service cafe was always the goal. There, coffee drinkers can indulge in strong Vietnamese lattes and co-work in a lovely space, while also ordering banh mi, breakfast sandwiches, and all kinds of magnificent lunch options, helmed by Jacob Trinh of Trinh Eats.

Forin (multiple locations)

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One of the coolest and most extravagant coffee spots in the region, Forin has the vibe of a trendy speakeasy with a dynamic passion for incorporating beans in both cocktails, drips, espressos, and more. With two distinct locations (their Frankford spot is a cafe and bar, their Coral stop is strictly cafe), come here to try Pandan espresso martinis and whatever seasonal experiments they have brewing.

ReAnimator Coffee

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With five destinations around Philly, Reanimator Coffee is a favorite of many of the city’s residents. The Port Richmond shop is just as airy and light as all of Reanimator’s cafes. Prefer to brew at home? Fans can order beans and merch to be delivered straight to their doors. Check social media for the rotating list of seasonal beans.

Persimmon Coffee

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An independent coffee shop, Persimmon is known their fund collaborations with local dining hotspots and speciality beverages. For example, try their midwinter memory (made with espresso, house-made rosemary syrup, blackstrap molasses, whiskey barrel and cranberry bitters, yuzu (yuja) citrus rind powder, and steamed milk) and their endless summer (a foamed iced Americano with a dash of bitters) for an unforgettable cafe experience.

Vernick Coffee Bar

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James Beard award-winning owner/chef Greg Vernick continues his passion for New American dining with an impressive coffee shop that’s respected its seasonal lattes and espressos. Located steps away from Logan Square on the 2nd floor of the Comcast Technology Center, diners can enjoy Caffe Umbria coffee alongside Vernick’s full-service café of baked goods and bountiful lunch entrées.

Menagerie Coffee

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Opened by an Elixr and Bodhi Coffee alum in 2014, this airy-yet-cozy cafe serves Dogwood Coffee out of Minneapolis to adoring fans in Old City. It’s an outpost of good java in the tourist zone, and locals flock there for chill vibes and good sandwiches. You can preorder online.

Elixr (multiple locations)

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Center City oasis Elixr is still kicking out some of the best pour overs in the city. The original shop on Sydenham Street is a go-to spot for high-quality cups. Find a stunner of a second shop, complete with an onsite roastery, in Callowhill, and a third location at 16th and Market. Order online for pickup.

Thank You Thank You

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A deluxe coffee experience, this critically-acclaimed shop in Washington Square West has something for just about anyone. Owner Cody McGregor is invested in customizing the caffeinated tastes of every customer who stops in — so be prepared to try beans from all over the world.

Jiggy Coffee

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Jiggy Coffee is the chill, easy going shop that has been impressing customers for years with their inventive and flavor takes on lattes. Made with Small Planes coffee, this Washington Square West hotspot is the ideal cafe for something familiar or celebratory (such as their Rose Matcha Latte for Valentine’s Day).

OX Coffee

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This coffee shop is more than just a café that serves lattes and cold brews (that’s produced sustainably and organically) — but a creative hub for artists, musicians, and creatives to express themselves. Come for their beverages (such as the brown roser latte made with brown sugar and the rosemary) and stay for the tasty treats from Crust Vegan Bakery and the Bagel Place.

This cafe located in Bella Vista is a coffee fortress. Espressos flavored with black sesame vanilla bean, confetti sugar cookies with champagne buttercream, sun teas made with vanilla lemongrass simple simple syrup, sunflower yuzu oil, oat cold foam and lemon zest, are just a few of the out-of-this-world options to chose from.

Function Coffee Labs

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Bella Vista hasn’t been the same with this lively cafe that proclaims they are where “coffee meets science.” With featured specials (such as a fruity Costa Rica Las Lajas SL28 Natural that’s now being made in their single origin espresso hopper), there’s no reason to make this a one-time stop.

Herman's Coffee

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This is a destination for those who love ice coffee and lattes. Whether served with ice or hot, vegan or with milk — there’s no denying their strawberry rhubarb and passion fruit matcha lattes, Pennsport fog made with Earl Grey and lavender, and chai lattes. Yes, they taste as delightful as they sound.

Grindcore House (multiple locations)

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A vegan pioneer, Grindcore is a long-running hangout for South Philadelphians. The concept is simple: great coffee and a fantastic selection of vegan food in a cozy space, all set to an unusual soundtrack mixing grindcore, punk, and whatever else the baristas are in the mood for. There’s a second location, in partnership with Crust Vegan Bakery, in West Philly. Order online.

Two Persons Coffee

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Located in the Bok building, Two Persons is a modest coffee shop that’s packed with bold flavors and aromas. Their stand-outs are their espressos made with Passenger Coffee, such as the cusco that has the sweet taste of milk chocolate and green grape. 

Càphê Roasters

Thu Pham has been roasting her specialty Vietnamese coffee to sell wholesale on J Street for over three years, but her full-service cafe was always the goal. There, coffee drinkers can indulge in strong Vietnamese lattes and co-work in a lovely space, while also ordering banh mi, breakfast sandwiches, and all kinds of magnificent lunch options, helmed by Jacob Trinh of Trinh Eats.

Forin (multiple locations)

One of the coolest and most extravagant coffee spots in the region, Forin has the vibe of a trendy speakeasy with a dynamic passion for incorporating beans in both cocktails, drips, espressos, and more. With two distinct locations (their Frankford spot is a cafe and bar, their Coral stop is strictly cafe), come here to try Pandan espresso martinis and whatever seasonal experiments they have brewing.

ReAnimator Coffee

With five destinations around Philly, Reanimator Coffee is a favorite of many of the city’s residents. The Port Richmond shop is just as airy and light as all of Reanimator’s cafes. Prefer to brew at home? Fans can order beans and merch to be delivered straight to their doors. Check social media for the rotating list of seasonal beans.

Persimmon Coffee

An independent coffee shop, Persimmon is known their fund collaborations with local dining hotspots and speciality beverages. For example, try their midwinter memory (made with espresso, house-made rosemary syrup, blackstrap molasses, whiskey barrel and cranberry bitters, yuzu (yuja) citrus rind powder, and steamed milk) and their endless summer (a foamed iced Americano with a dash of bitters) for an unforgettable cafe experience.

Vernick Coffee Bar

James Beard award-winning owner/chef Greg Vernick continues his passion for New American dining with an impressive coffee shop that’s respected its seasonal lattes and espressos. Located steps away from Logan Square on the 2nd floor of the Comcast Technology Center, diners can enjoy Caffe Umbria coffee alongside Vernick’s full-service café of baked goods and bountiful lunch entrées.

Menagerie Coffee

Opened by an Elixr and Bodhi Coffee alum in 2014, this airy-yet-cozy cafe serves Dogwood Coffee out of Minneapolis to adoring fans in Old City. It’s an outpost of good java in the tourist zone, and locals flock there for chill vibes and good sandwiches. You can preorder online.

Elixr (multiple locations)

Center City oasis Elixr is still kicking out some of the best pour overs in the city. The original shop on Sydenham Street is a go-to spot for high-quality cups. Find a stunner of a second shop, complete with an onsite roastery, in Callowhill, and a third location at 16th and Market. Order online for pickup.

Thank You Thank You

A deluxe coffee experience, this critically-acclaimed shop in Washington Square West has something for just about anyone. Owner Cody McGregor is invested in customizing the caffeinated tastes of every customer who stops in — so be prepared to try beans from all over the world.

Jiggy Coffee

Jiggy Coffee is the chill, easy going shop that has been impressing customers for years with their inventive and flavor takes on lattes. Made with Small Planes coffee, this Washington Square West hotspot is the ideal cafe for something familiar or celebratory (such as their Rose Matcha Latte for Valentine’s Day).

OX Coffee

This coffee shop is more than just a café that serves lattes and cold brews (that’s produced sustainably and organically) — but a creative hub for artists, musicians, and creatives to express themselves. Come for their beverages (such as the brown roser latte made with brown sugar and the rosemary) and stay for the tasty treats from Crust Vegan Bakery and the Bagel Place.

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This cafe located in Bella Vista is a coffee fortress. Espressos flavored with black sesame vanilla bean, confetti sugar cookies with champagne buttercream, sun teas made with vanilla lemongrass simple simple syrup, sunflower yuzu oil, oat cold foam and lemon zest, are just a few of the out-of-this-world options to chose from.

Function Coffee Labs

Bella Vista hasn’t been the same with this lively cafe that proclaims they are where “coffee meets science.” With featured specials (such as a fruity Costa Rica Las Lajas SL28 Natural that’s now being made in their single origin espresso hopper), there’s no reason to make this a one-time stop.

Herman's Coffee

This is a destination for those who love ice coffee and lattes. Whether served with ice or hot, vegan or with milk — there’s no denying their strawberry rhubarb and passion fruit matcha lattes, Pennsport fog made with Earl Grey and lavender, and chai lattes. Yes, they taste as delightful as they sound.

Grindcore House (multiple locations)

A vegan pioneer, Grindcore is a long-running hangout for South Philadelphians. The concept is simple: great coffee and a fantastic selection of vegan food in a cozy space, all set to an unusual soundtrack mixing grindcore, punk, and whatever else the baristas are in the mood for. There’s a second location, in partnership with Crust Vegan Bakery, in West Philly. Order online.

Two Persons Coffee

Located in the Bok building, Two Persons is a modest coffee shop that’s packed with bold flavors and aromas. Their stand-outs are their espressos made with Passenger Coffee, such as the cusco that has the sweet taste of milk chocolate and green grape. 

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