Food & Drink

La Colombe

Sip on European-style roasted coffee, house distilled rum and more from Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company

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Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
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Overview

The flagship location for La Colombe, Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company, sits in a giant refurbished Fishtown warehouse that is part restaurant, part bakery and part bar.

On-site, you’ll find a tasting room, roasting facility and distillery for La Colombe’s signature rum.

Java-lovers and others enjoy the cafe’s variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections, weekday half-price happy hour and classes on espresso, latte and other home-brewing methods.

A mural by local artist Steve Powers paints the cafe’s brick walls, and high ceilings make the often busy front room feel open and spacious.

The History

La Colombe has roasted and served traditional European coffees since launching in 1994 with five flagship blends.

From its entry into the coffee world, co-founders Todd Carmichael and Jean-Philippe Iberti have seen impressive growth, with four Philadelphia cafe locations and more than a handful of others in Washington D.C., New York and Chicago.

As one of the early pioneers of direct trade, the coffee brand prides itself on proactive, long-term relationships with small-holder farms and socially responsible coffee-growing associations.

The Experience

Don’t plan to camp out with a workload of assignments on your laptop at the flagship Fishtown location if your tasks require Wi-Fi: The cafe does not offer an Internet connection.

Lounging with a good book or offline work is invited, though, and those who choose to do so can take advantage of a flowing tap of complimentary sparkling water.

Other Philadelphia Locations:

Dilworth Plaza
1414 South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rittenhouse Square
130 South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Independence Mall
100 S. Independence Mall W (SW Corner of 6th & Market)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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