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Where to Find the Top Coffee Shops and Espresso Bars in Philadelphia

Ultimate guide of must-visit cafes for coffee lovers

The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia. La Colombe has continued its citywide expansion with its newest outpost overlooking Independence Mall. Neighboring the popular Independence Beer Garden, the café features a vintage-esque interior that opens to a scenic coffee garden to enjoy the roaster’s excellent brews and light fare.

The region’s java scene has been percolating for years now: Cafes roast their own signature beans, baristas specialize in perfectly engineered espressos and coffeehouses use one-of-a-kind La Marzocco machines. From an Australian flat white to a Chemex-brewed cuppa, the possibilities for delicious caffeinating are endless.

Check out a few of our favorite coffee shops and espresso bars in the city with the interactive map and list, below.

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Greenstreet Roasters

Sustainable coffee roasted on-site

The tiny Spruce Street shop that Greenstreet Coffee Roasters inhabits is emblematic of its ethos: small and sustainable. The single-origin, responsibly sourced coffees are roasted in the company’s South Philly headquarters.
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Joe

NYC-based coffee shop now in Philly

A New York roaster with a solid presence in Philly, Joe operates two locations — one in Rittenhouse Square, the other in University City. Both serve the House Selection, The Waverly espresso and other delicious blended and single-origin options.
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Old City Coffee

More than 25 years of quality cups

With three high-traffic locations — one in Old City, plus two booths in Reading Terminal Market — Old City Coffee has produced fresh, tiny batches of high-grade Arabica coffee for more than 25 years now.
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ReAnimator Coffee

Hometown cafe with a national fanbase

A roaster with national recognition, ReAnimator Coffee serves its own beans in espresso drinks and pour-overs at sleekly minimalist cafes in Fishtown and Kensington.
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Saxbys Coffee

Popular Philadelphia-based café serving coffee, cold brew and more

Saxbys Coffee, a locally based cafe with more than a dozen locations in the Philadelphia region, takes special pride in its Cold Brew Iced Coffee. The smooth, sweet, rich drink is made by a unique method that involves steeping ground coffee in cold filtered water, which slowly coaxes flavor from the beans.
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Cinemug

Coffee and a movie

Cinemug, a cafe from a former video store clerk, revives the idea that cinephiles should have a collective gathering place to watch and rent movies. In addition to ReAnimator coffee and sandwiches, the store maintains a library of more than 1,600 titles to borrow.
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Green Line Café

Green Line Cafe

Organic coffee and locally sourced fare

With an emphasis on coffee and community, Green Line Café serves its patrons not just fair-trade coffee and healthy fare, but also a friendly space to hear live music at its Spruce Hill locations.
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Cake and the Beanstalk

Sweet treats and buzzworthy coffee

The Counter Culture coffee at Midtown Village’s Cake and the Beanstalk can be expertly matched with Franklin Fountain ice cream for an affogato or with the homemade red velvet cake, blondies or vegan chocolate chip cookies for the ultimate mid-day break.
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Chhaya

The organic, fair-trade espressos and lattes at Chhaya complement fresh meals of seasonal salads (green apple and arugula with Lancaster bacon bits), sandwiches (in-house smoked pastrami with homemade sauerkraut) and creative waffles like Nutella/strawberry and veggie chili/cornbread.
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High Point Cafe

Daily made pastries and top-rated espresso

Its espressos have been given top ratings, and the two locations of High Point Café in Mt. Airy boast a mean menu of quiches, baked goods and crepes of the same quality.
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Menagerie Coffee

An espresso bar and hand-pours in Old City

Neighbors of Menagerie Coffee in Old City come for the full espresso bar, hand-poured coffee from a variety of brands and locally sourced small eats. Regular offerings might include a turkey, brie and apple butter combo on pumpernickel or hummus and tzatziki on grilled sourdough.
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W/N W/N Coffee Bar

A nighttime spot for java and drinks

Count on creative edibles at W/N W/N Coffee Bar. The cooperatively owned and operated cafe and bar serves items like almond creampuffs and Japanese-style pancakes, in addition to its Elixr-roasted coffees.
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Elixr Coffee

The eco-friendly reclaimed wood paneling and cool marble countertops are only a backdrop for the main event at Elixr Coffee: the superb Synesso Hydra-brewed espresso.
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HubBub Coffee

From mobile cafe to permanent coffee spot

What began as a moving enterprise is now a bricks-and-mortar establishment. HubBub Coffee pours steamy double shots of espresso and signature blends from rotating guest roasters at its flagship cafes in Center City, University City and Radnor. Meanwhile, the house drip and cold brew coffees are made from an in-house brew. In the summer of 2015, HubBub embraced its mobile roots with the release of two, bright red Cold Brew Trikes to wheel its signature cold brew throughout the city.
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Rival Bros.

Nitro coffee and more

What happens when a chef and a coffee roaster (lifelong friends) join forces for the good of espresso drinkers? Rival Bros. is what — a full-service cafe with all the classic espresso drinks plus The Derringer, a riff on the cortado that’s made with a bit more milk and the house single origin espresso. Don't miss out on the nitro coffee - cold-brew coffee that's pressurized with nitrogen and served on tap to create a creamy, almost Guinness-like pour.
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Black 'N Brew

Vegetarian and vegan friendly neighborhood hangout

This popular East Passyunk cafe is a neighborhood go-to featuring local favorites including coffee from La Colombe, bread from Metropolitan Bakery and a variety of homemade pastries. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of delicious options here for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.
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Bodhi Coffee

Society Hill spot for coffee lovers

At Bodhi Coffee's two locations, one in Society Hill and one in Washington Square West, Stumptown coffee is brewed daily and Elixr roasts are available in pour-overs and for espresso. Pair it with a light bite to eat, which is more often than not organic and local.
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Good Karma Coffee

Keeping it green across the city

Fair trade and certified organic coffee is the foundation at all three locations of Good Karma Café, and owner David Arrell takes his best-practices philosophy to an even higher level, with green construction and corn-based plastics.
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Grindcore House

Grindcore House

Rock out to heavy metal tunes, coffee and vegan treat in hand

The vegan lifestyle is celebrated at Grindcore House, a Pennsport hangout where coffee drinkers can choose from a variety of non-dairy creamers (soy, rice, almond, coconut) and a meatless, eggless, milkless menu of pastries and sandwiches.
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Mugshots Coffeehouse

Neighborhood gathering place keeping it local

Fairmount hangout Mugshots Coffeehouse maintains a commitment to sustainability via recyclable packaging, vegan, vegetarian and organic snacks, fair-trade coffee and local-food offerings.
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Ants Pants Cafe

A breakfast, lunch and brunch eatery on South Street West that now also serves dinner

Curious about Australian coffees? Ants Pants Café in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood is a great place to be indoctrinated into flat whites and long blacks — not to mention iced coffees made from espresso ice cream and whipped cream.
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Cafe Fulya

Tremendous Turkish

Dark and sweet, pot-brewed Turkish coffee is on offer at the charming Café Fulya, and the Turkish pastries and specialties like manti complete the Ottoman experience.
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Gran Caffe L'Aquila

Italian cafe by way of Philadelphia

Espresso the way Italians intended it thrives at Gran Caffe L’Aquila, where the beans are roasted by Michele Morelli, an Italian coffee celebrity, and for an added bonus, the menu features gelato, pasta, sandwiches and house-baked pastries.
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Ray's Cafe & Tea House

Popular Chinatown cafe with international flavor

A Chinatown institution serving Hario siphon brews long before it was trendy, Ray’s Café & Tea House pairs its wide selection of international coffees (Jamaican, Japanese, Ethiopian) with snacks like dumplings, noodles and iced jellied cappuccinos.
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