7 Hottest Coffee Shops in Philly

Coffee sodas, frothy draft lattes & bottomless brews await
March 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Inside the Plenty Cafe Queens Village location. Courtesy of Plenty Cafe 

Philadelphia residents take their coffee seriously, from top-notch cold brews to pour-overs and hip new coffeehouses. Here is a round-up of the hottest coffee roasters and coffee shops around town now.

Plenty Cafe

In November, this established Philly cafe from brothers Anthony and Damon Mascieri added an outpost in Queens Village serving coffee and tea, alongside organic wine and craft beer at dinner. The cafe has certainly grown from easygoing coffee shop to full-blown kitchen, but the laid-back vibes in the arty, rustic-chic space remain. The menu features light bites at lunch (sandwiches, soups, salads) and pastries during the day, but look for heavier snacks and cheese and charcuterie boards in the evenings. Coffee is from locally based Square One Coffee, and there are three draft brews (nitro, cold brew and housemade coffee sodas) on tap, plus one rotating monthly coffee-inspired cocktail. 

Must-order: Coffee soda is blended with housemade chinotto syrup with citrus and spice notes. 

On the side: Middle Eastern breakfast specialty shakshuka features two fresh baked eggs, spiced tomato, pepper and onion sauce with feta and grilled crostini. 

705 S. 5th St.; 267-758-6791

Rival Bros. latte. Courtesy of Neal Santos

Rival Bros.

What started out as a mobile coffee truck run by two lifelong friends has evolved into one of Philly's most popular coffee spots. The homey Fitler Square outpost (another one is due this spring in the Touraine) serves house-roasted custom blends drip-style, and espresso selections along with a Chemex bar and some bites.

Must-order: A cup of Whistle & Cuss, prepared using the iconic Chemex brewer

On the side: High Street on Market provides the rotating menu of pastries, with the Nutella toast with shaved coconut, dried strawberries and cafe spice as the fan favorite. 

2400 Lombard St.

Grindcore House

This offbeat South Philly spot is well-loved by neighbors and a vegan eats destination. The coffee shop offers several plant-based milks, ranging from rice, soy and almond milk, and coconut cream, to go along with its organic brews. Also look for vegan friendly sandwiches, donuts and pastries in the case. Grindcore is dog friendly too.

Must-order: A bottomless coffee with your choice of the extensive selection of dairy alternatives

On the side: The Kropotkin sandwich made with mixed greens, roasted red peppers, onion, pesto and field roast with vegan mayonnaise on a ciabatta roll

1515 S. 4th St; 215-839-3333

Inside La Colombe in Fishtown. Courtesy of La Colombe

La Colombe

The massive Fishtown flagship of Philly's established coffee roaster is a bustling spot any time of day. In the morning, bring the book you've been meaning to read (there's no Wi-Fi) and grab a latte. For evenings, get an extra buzz with some of La Colombe's own espresso-infused rum and enjoy its house pizza with friends. There are multiple locations around town if Fishtown is too out of the way, or stop by the Bryn Mawr location which opened last summer.

​Must-order: Corsica blend to start the day. The smooth and creamy draft latte made with cold brew coffee and frothed milk is the perfect pick for an afternoon pick-me-up. 

On the side: Challah French toast with locally sourced maple syrup

1335 Frankford Ave.; 267-470-1600

Avocado smashed toast. Courtesy of Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane

Reminiscent of the iconic coffeehouses in Melbourne, this stylish cafe inside the Radisson Rittenhouse hotel offers Aussie-style eats and brews. The sunny spot has plenty of interesting coffee and food items, ranging from coconut quinoa porridge to gluten-free pastries and gourmet toasts. 

Must-order: The Instagram-friendly double ristretto flat white

On the side: Humble avocado toast gets a twist with tahini, feta cheese, heirloom tomatoes, sunflower sprouts and multigrain toast.

1701 Locust St.; 267-239-0144

Inside the Elixr cafe. Courtesy of Elixr Coffee Roasters

Elixr Coffee Roasters

Elixr offers a variety of globally sourced, fair trade coffees, brewed from house-roasted beans. The hip space is often busy and a good spot to catch up on work in the rustic-chic space surrounded by reclaimed woods and marble.

Must-order: The Costa Rica–sourced El Roba has a citrusy maple syrup flavor that is smooth and drinkable.

On the side: The Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with goat cheese, arugula and cranberry on toasted multigrain bread

207 S. Sydenham St.; 239-404-1730

Inside Shot Tower Coffee. Courtesy of Kelly Alderfer

Shot Tower Coffee

The sun pours through the windows of this upbeat Queen Village corner hangout, making it a cheery place to start the day. It's also kid-friendly with a little bookshelf full of children's books. There is a hefty tea selection, in addition to brews by Counter Culture coffee. 

Must-order: The matcha latte will give you that extra caffeine boost and is a tasty departure from a typical morning cup of coffee.

On the side: A classic bagel and cream cheese from South Street Bagels, or a flaky croissant from Au Fournil 

542 Christian St.; 267-886- 8049

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