Sunday, 1 March 2015

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia


Last weekend on my way back from Florida to London, I found myself looking for coffee spots in Philadelphia. I had missed my connection and got stuck there for 24 hours. (Boohoo USAirways!) However, I made good use of my unexpected layover and went for a wander around town.

Having been to the City of Brotherly Love many times, I never really took a fancy to it. I always found it to be one of those American cities with a soulless centre. Except for the historic part of course. But this time one thought kept running through my mind: When did Philadelphia become cool? I found lots of trendy brunch places, cool coffee spots, indy shops and stylish eateries. 

Since brunch and coffee were the only meals I consumed that day, here's my little roundup of where I went.

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia


I started off my day at Toast. It's located in a residential part of downtown and has a very local feel to it. It's bright and airy and offers good food and coffee paired with friendly service.It's one of those places where you can take your time reading your paper or surfing the net. 
I had a frothy cappuccino to start my day off and a generous portion of French toast with cinnamon apples and caramelised bananas.

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia


I had my midday coffee at a place called Menagerie Coffee in the Old City. With its exposed brickwork, communal tables and airy feel, this place has a cool and homey vibe to it. They offer artisinally brewed coffee and a variety of pastries and snacks. All locally sourced.

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia

Towards the end of the day I ended up at Greenstreet Coffee Company. Comfortable and cosy, this place felt a lot like the estranged brother of Starbucks. With better coffee and fresher pastries.

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia

2 comments:

  1. Next time you get stuck, do let me know - we have so many amazing restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques (no sales tax on clothing unlike NYC). I play tour guide to all of our UK visitors and they always say the same thing -how the city has surprised them.

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