The Big Philly Coffee Map
You can get a cup of coffee pretty much anywhere, but as Philly's scene grows and diversifies, there are more and more truly notable spots where you can opt to caffeinate.
The third wave of coffee has crashed hard all over much of America, and Philadelphia is no exception. Cafes with that ethos tend to take their brews seriously, not unlike sommeliers with wine, from Peddler Coffee to Elixr Coffee Roaster. As such, there's no shortage of them on this map.
But other non-third wave spots are worth checking out, from Italian coffee, to the best study spots, to cozy neighborhood cafes serving up signature coffee specialties alongside heaps of good food, here are Eater's top picks all around Philly to get your daily fix.
Note that the points on this map are arranged randomly, and aren't ranked. Got a favorite coffee spot that's missing from this map? Tell us about it.
A relative newcomer, Menagerie was an instant hit in Old City thanks to its really inviting, airy interiors (you'll want to hang out) and seriously great coffee. Plus, they source their beans from Dogwood Coffee Co., a small roaster out of Minneapolis and a name you won't see just anywhere around here.
It's no wonder Elixr coffees are the choice of lots of top restaurants around town — they give their high-quality single-origin beans unique roasts, and brew them by hand with great care in their shop. The cafe is a great place to get some work done, as well as take in some art: They host one of the best rotating series of murals and installations we've ever seen in a coffee shop.
Ultimo serves up killer Counter Culture coffee, is a good place to get some work done, and has food from the likes of American Sardine Bar. Their second location has the cool addition of a Counter Culture training center on the second floor, but if we have to pick, we can't help but opt for this location thanks to its convenient pairing of coffee and beer.
These Fishtown roasters haven't been at it long, but they've already got a number of accolades under their belt, including two Good Food Awards. Of course, they take their brewing just as seriously. And now they have a huge new space that's pretty gorgeous (but if you prefer something a little cozier, their original location is the move) and affords them way more room to branch out and grow.
Of course, there are a number of La Colombe cafes around town (and well beyond this town, in fact), and hundreds more brewing their beans. And while we will always have fond.feelings for their Rittenhouse Square-adjacent shop (whose once smoke-filled salon feel was irresistible to us in our younger years), it's hard to deny the charms of the massive flagship in Fishtown. There's good food, and alcohol, and so much blessed space (no wifi, though). Even if you don't live in the area, it's a worthwhile visit.
This Queen Village spot is not much more than a year old, but it immediately felt like a neighborhood fixture. Brewing Stumptown beans but going heavily local otherwise (think Lancaster dairy, Wild Flour baked goods, Green Aisle goodies), this is a straightforward shop that offers a community feel and gallery space, but no wifi.
A perennial Fairmount favorite since 2004, this well-known shop serves Counter Culture coffee and espresso drinks alongside a full menu of food and smoothies and events like weekly open mic nights.
Damien Pileggi and Jonathan Adams made their names (in coffee, at least — Adams, aka Jonny Mac, is also a well-known chef) slinging their own roasts out of a truck, but by now they've settled in nicely to the handsome Fitler Square shop they opened last spring. You'll find their beans on the menu at plenty of places around town, including High Street on Market, who in turn provides Rival Bros. cafe with bread and pastries.
Win Win (alternately, W/N W/N) is a coop that's gotten itself off the ground via some creative crowdfunding measures, including a Kiva Zip loan and offering would-be customers the chance to invest in the shop and be paid back over time in discounts. (Though already open, they're still selling shares via their site.) But you don't need to know anything about any of that to enjoy this undeniably cool Loft District spot, which serves up a community feeling along with coffee, food, and booze. Yes, the bonus here is that it's both a coffee bar and a bar-bar, with hours that extend until 2 a.m. on weekend nights.
Maybe what West Philly does best, coffee-wise, is genuinely cozy spots where good coffee and good, house-made food (be it focused on Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, American breakfasts, or what have you) are on equal footing. Whether you're here to camp out with some coffee or sit down to a full meal, this Ethiopian cafe is one of our favorite things about this part of town.
While Vedge's reputation is now known way, way outside the city's bounds, they're hardly the only ones building Philly's reputation for being one of the best places to dine cruelty-free, all the way from fine dining meccas to pizza places and coffee shops. This vegan pioneer in Pennsport serves up far more dairy-free options to lighten your coffee than most (so you're not stuck with soy by default), but you're not here just because it's vegan — the coffee here is very good and the staff and space are super welcoming. Food options (salads, sandwiches, baked goods) round up some of the city's best vegan and allergen-friendly vendors.
While many of their brethren close up shop around the time the 9-to-5ers head home, Good Karma (which has two other locations, also worth checking out) stays open until 10 p.m. every night. And that's key, because the space makes for a great study spot — if you've got a group, you can head toward the back of the spacious shop, or if you crave a little distraction, nab a cozy table by the windows and gaze at passersby from your warm perch. There's no shortage of food and fair-trade coffee (the best of which come from One Village) to keep you going,
This is a friendly neighborhood spot that's a bit off the path beaten between better known shops like Mugshots and Cafe L'Aube, and one of the main attractions is their seriously inventive and well-executed seasonal drink specials. Not everyone craves the austerity of craft coffee dens that summarily rebuff anyone asking for vanilla syrup or whipped cream, and if you like a lot of variety and bells and whistles in your cup, this is the place to try. Some people may sneer at your choice of a coffee drink garnished with bacon, but it should be easy enough to ignore them when you've got this in front of you
. (NB: Specials change with the seasons, so know that the bacon breve is meant as an example of the type of drinks you might find, not a specific guarantee.)
The best-known coffee presence in West Philly has been around since 2003 and by now touts a number of popular locations. (Their sole Center City location recently closed up shop when their building was sold, though they're currently scouting out a replacement.) They serve organic, fair trade coffees from Equal Exchange, and have a full menu including vegan options. This original location doesn't have wifi, but their other locations do; hours also vary from shop to shop, so check their site to find the best fit.
Tom Henneman (a FedNuts partner) and Bobby Logue serve coffee from Stumptown and Elixr in their welcoming Society Hill shop. They're bigger on well-made coffee than frills, but there is a small but well-chosen food selection as well.
Now settled into a lovely, larger space just steps from its original location, Chhaya is well know for its waffles and weekend brunch, but their coffee is no joke. They showcase Seattle's Caffe d'Arte espresso and a number of local roasters (including Philly Fair Trade and One Village) as well, offering pour-over, siphon-brewed, South Indian filter coffee, espresso drinks, and more.
Opened in 2011, this airy, light-filled shop is a cozy neighborhood hang that takes its coffee seriously enough to be a destination. They brew Counter Culture beans, keep the menu simple and straightforward, and do right by tea-drinkers, too.
Despite being named for one of its signature coffee drinks, Cafe con Chocolate is more of a restaurant-type cafe than a strict coffee shop, but sometimes that's what you want. (For our part, tacos, churros, and Mexican breakfasts are pretty much always what we want with our coffee). This place has plenty of devotees for its signature drink, its cajeta cappuccino, and (bonus for the non-coffee-drinkers) its Mexican hot chocolate.
You can grab local roaster Green Street's single-origin beans off the shelves at shops around town (they do their roasting in South Philly), but their cozy Spruce Street storefront is definitely worth a visit. The small corner cafe maintains a strong neighborhood feel, outfitted with unique locally made furniture and fixtures, while the drinks are well-crafted and reasonably priced.
If you're looking for a spacious shop to park yourself for a while and work, this is not that kind of coffee shop. Avril 50 sells good coffee (grab-and-go, espresso drinks, and beans), but they have something else going for them that's unique in Philly: If you have any interest in indie and imported magazines, literary journals, or international newspapers (or tobacco products or candy or tea or greeting cards), your "quick coffee stop" here will inevitably eat up a lot more time and money than you bargained for. And it will be worth it. (Also highly recommended is their Facebook page
, where frequent pithy announcements heralding the arrival of publications you've probably never heard of yield eerie stray thoughts and found poetry: "Charlie came/ We have riots of perfume mousse/ Seventh man is here with hair bible")
This is not only a phenomenal coffee shop serving Stumptown's finest, but it's easily one of the most beautifully designed spaces in the city. Whether you're grabbing a cup to go, chilling downstairs for a great brunch, or getting work done upstairs in the attic-of-your-dreams, One Shot is a must-go whenever you're in the 'hood. Heck, it's a must-go even when you're not.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill hipster coffee shop with drinks made by mustachioed men — this is an old-school Italian coffee shop, where your cappuccino has a scooped-dollop of foam, and your coffee is usually less than $2. The pastries and chocolates are made in house, and the beans are roasted on site. The coffee is rich, the scene is bustling, and the iced coffee is iced with coffee cubes for maximum caffeination.
An adorable, bi-level coffee shop that employs Philly's foster youth. Even if it didn't have good coffee, Philly would be lucky to have it. But the coffee is mighty fine, and Philly is that much luckier.
Straight-up third wave coffee goodness abounds at this Logan Square spot, serving up its own nuanced, (very) small batch roasts in Chemex, espresso, and filter editions.
Philly's pre-eminent Chinese cafe takes its coffee seriously — check out the bunsen burner and beaker set-up, and grab a cup of the only siphon coffee available in the city (note: it's not the cheapest). As a bonus, it's probably the only cafe in town to also serve dumplings.
Homey Chapterhouse has a host of different takes on the ol' latte (and also hot chocolates, but this isn't a hot chocolate map) executed with creamy flair, and vegan baked goods.