Philly's Best Coffee


I’ve moved from a “long list” to a “short list”, now focusing on the east-west city strip (roughly Market to Pine, Delaware river to West Philly), with a few exceptions. Of course there are many other good places.


"T": Enough tables/room to work comfortably for a few hours.
"t": A less-good "T".
!!!: Best coffee in Philly (as of 2/2023)

Roughly from east to west:

Menagerie (T), 18 S. 3rd. Nice design.
Elixr (T), 207 S. Snydenham (near 15th & Walnut). Just right.
La Colombe, 130 S. 19th (T) + 1335 Frankford (T). Hats off to both the original19th Street location and the “new” Fishtown location.
The Nook (!!!), 15 South 20th. Mike sources and roasts; Edna bakes. Check them out.
Peddler (T), 2100 Spring (behind the Franklin Institute).

Rival Bros (t), 2400 Lombard. Quite a tight space.
Madis (T), 3527 Lancaster. Pleasant all around.
Green Line, 43rd & Baltimore (t). The original Green Line; other branches have come and gone.
Reanimator (T), 4705 Pine. West Philly outpost of the Fishtown original.


Farther out, on the Main Line:

Green Engine (T), Haverford, near the train station. Try their “pop tarts”.
Gryphon Café, Wayne (T), near the train station. A stalwart. Also Fishtown.