Philadelphia knows its coffee. From expert pour-overs to signature roasts, coffee fans here have numerous options for where to satisfy their caffeine craving. Some spots offer a great place to work, others partner with local bakeries to provide tasty bites, and others focus on sharing their love of a carefully-crafted cup. Keep reading to learn all about the best coffee shops in Philadelphia.
Green Line Cafe
We were first introduced to Green Line Café at its original location at 43rd and Baltimore. Though all of its six locations are lovely, the charm and welcoming atmosphere of the original by Clark Park makes it clear why people love Green Line so much and why it’s known as “West Philly’s Living Room.”
Green Line’s organic fair trade coffee is roasted with zero emissions in West Philly, a commitment to sustainability that’s at the heart of the company. Their wide selection of coffee and espresso drinks is available with homemade muffins, cookies, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Locations: 43rd & Baltimore; 4th & Gaskill; 17th & Arch; 37th & Lancaster; 45th & Locust; 40th & Ludlow
Elixr Coffee Roasters
Award-winning coffee roasters, Elixr Coffee is known for lighter roasts and high quality, single-origin beans. They make some of the best pour-overs in the city along with espresso drinks and drip coffee. You’ll find typical drinks like mochas and unique offerings like a butterscotch pink peppercorn latte.
Elixr’s roastery is located on 12th Street in Callowhill, and its cozy Sydenham Ave. location is hidden down an alley in Center City. Its counter in the Shops at Liberty Place is a convenient option for picking up a drink, and its University City location is slated to reopen in March 2021. Locations: 207 Sydenham St.; 16th & Market; 315 N. 12th St; 3675 Market St.
The first US location of a Croatia-based company, Cogito Coffee offers a bright, airy space in Midtown Village. Roasting their own beans in Croatia and sourcing others from New York, Cogito focuses on a light roasting style. They serve a full menu of coffee drinks, teas, and pastries. Location: 105 South 12th St.
With beans sourced from around the world and roasted in Kensington, ReAnimator Coffee makes great drip coffee and espresso drinks. Dedicated fans can even get regular subscriptions featuring some of their top roasts.
ReAnimator coffee is available at their four cafes and at Hello Donuts + Coffee, which often makes special donut recipes that incorporate the coffee like their popular tiramisu flavor. Locations: 4705 Pine St.; 1523 E. Susquehanna Ave.; 310 W. Master St.; 1248 S. Clarion St.; Hello Donuts at 2557 Amber St.
As soon as you see Herman’s Coffee, you know it’s a place you’ll want to hang out for a while. And it’s designed to be that way—the name and lawn chairs out front are in honor of the owner’s grandfather who loved to sip coffee in his lawn chair in his garage.
The small-batch roaster, located in Pennsport, is set in a former auto repair shop. When the weather is good, the doors are wide open. It creates a welcoming environment, especially on the weekends when food trucks and other pop-ups are on-site.
Herman’s offers pour-over and espresso drinks alongside a selection of baked goods. For something unique, check out the Pennsport Mule, an iced mocktail with ginger beer, honey, and espresso. Don’t miss the chance to browse the local and artisanal food products in the shop. Location: 1313 S. 3rd St.
Old City Coffee
Old City Coffee has been a Philadelphia institution for over 35 years. With locations in Old City and Reading Terminal Market, they supply some of the best coffee the city has to offer.
Old City Coffee focuses on freshness, roasting very small batches of high-grade Arabica beans on site to deliver a top-quality product. Grab a housemade pastry alongside your flat white or cappuccino. If you’re in the market for beans, their 1893 blend celebrating the anniversary of Reading Terminal is a great full bodied choice with hints of chocolate and cherry. Locations: 221 Church Street; 1136 Arch; 51 N. 12th St.
Anthony’s Italian Coffee House
A mainstay of Philly’s Italian Market, Anthony’s Italian Coffee House has been crafting espresso drinks and other favorites in their old-school coffee shop for over 25 years. Using beans roasted on site, this family-run business makes some of the best espresso macchiatos and cortados around. Pair one of their coffees, teas, or hot chocolates with a pastry made in house for a perfect breakfast. Location: 903 S. 9th St.
Rival Bros. Coffee Roasters
At its three locations around the city, Rival Bros. features all the drinks a coffee lover could want. You’ll find drip coffee, espresso drinks, a pour-over bar, and even smooth BlackTop nitro in cans.
Everything starts at the Rival Bros. roastery in northeast Philadelphia where they focus on custom blends and seasonal single-origin beans that ultimately turn into the perfect drinks. Rival Bros. also serves outstanding quiches, pastries, and other treats from local French bakery Au Fournil and baked goods from Manayunk-based Crust Vegan Bakery. Locations: 2400 Lombard St.; 1100 Tasker St.; 1528 Spruce St.
Greenstreet Coffee Co.
Greenstreet Coffee Co. is impossible to miss. Whether it’s the bright red door beckoning you at 11th & Spruce or the heart-filled green design outside their roastery in Point Breeze, the inviting exteriors and the aromas call you inside.
Everything at Greenstreet is singularly focused—one bean from one place, sourced sustainably and responsibly. The staff here knows their stuff and is happy to share their knowledge about the beans and techniques. In non-COVID times, they even host cupping classes.
Stop in for a cortado, a latte, or another skillfully prepared beverage. If you’re lucky, you may also find some of Philadelphia’s best donuts on offer from Okie Dokie donuts or one of the pop-ups from outstanding ice cream purveyor Milk Jawn. Locations: 1101 Spruce St.; 1919 Alter St.
In better times, W/N W/N (pronounced “win win”) is an artist-centric space filled with good food and good fun, including regular concerts, comedy performances, and happy hours. COVID has put a halt to those activities for now, and the black owned shop in the heart of Callowhill is instead focusing all their efforts on their to-go coffee business. W/N makes a mean vanilla latte and other coffee and espresso drinks, and they sell their own custom roast from Bean2Bean—a dark roast with a milk chocolate finish. Location: 931 Spring Garden
One of the most popular coffee shops in Philadelphia, La Colombe pioneered the draft latte that it’s become famous for. This coffee powerhouse that now has 30 locations across the US and stocks grocery stores around the country got its start right here.
La Colombe has a variety of products, sourcing single-origin coffees from around the world as well as locally roasted blends. Its massive flagship location in Fishtown attracts visitors and locals who enjoy a good cup (service is take-out only for the time being). Locations: 1335 Frankford Ave.; 130 S. 19th St.; 1414 South Penn Square; 100 South Independence Mall W; 915 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 160 in Bryn Mawr
Ultimo Coffee’s focus on quality and service have helped it land on lists of the best coffee shops in the country. With a focus on single-origin beans, which they roast in South Philly, they make standout drip and espresso drinks. Ultimo also offers tea, hot chocolate, and housemade pastries as well as selections from Au Fournil and Crust Vegan Bakery. Locations: 238 S. 20th St.; 5901 Wayne Ave.; 1900 S. 15th St.; 2149 Catherine St.