Coffee shops have become an essential business in city culture. City dwellers leave their apartments and homes to set up their freelance office in coffee shops; it’s a place where old friends can sit and catch up, and a non-intimidating place for business meetings to be held. There are a number of coffee shops in Philadelphia that serve these purposes, some better than others.
Whether you are a remote freelancer, run your own business, just enjoy socializing over a hot cup of coffee, or need somewhere to relax before your next business meeting, here are the best coffee shops in Philadelphia.
One Shot Café
217 W George St.
One Shot Café is located in Northern Liberties. This hidden gem can be easily missed due to its location on a small side street. This coffee shop is a great place to go for brunch, grab a snack with friends, or set up your laptop and get some work done.
The most unique part of One Shot Café is the second floor. It has a few tables along with a section with couches and armchairs surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves. It’s definitely one of the coziest coffee shops in Philadelphia.
1 S Penn Square & 1701 Locust St.
If you’re feeling those winter blues and need a beachy feeling, Bluestone Lane is the coffee shop to go to. Decorated with tans, whites, and sea foam blue, this coffee shop will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a Pinterest-inspired beach house.
While this coffee shop isn’t an ideal workspace due to its lack of WiFi and outlets, it is an ideal place to catch up with a friend, enjoy a good book, and sip on some of their delicious teas.
1500 E Passyunk Ave.
One of the best independent coffee shops in Philadelphia is located right on the corner of Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street in South Philly. B2 is a casual coffee shop with large wooden tables, plenty of outlets, great hipster music, and vegan food options. This coffee shop is great for working and hosting meetings thanks to the large tables and affordable coffee. If you’re looking for a pure South Philly neighborhood favorite, B2 is the place to go.
Good Karma Café
928 Pine St, 2319 Walnut St. & 265 S Broad St.
If you are looking for good vibes and Fair Trade Certified coffee, Good Karma is one of the best coffee shops in Philadelphia. It’s extremely eco-friendly with reusable spoons to stir your coffee and recycling bins everywhere.
There is plenty of seating for remote workers and a number of outlets around the coffee shop. On a nice day, you can even sit outside on their back patio. Don’t forget to try their seasonal drinks, like the lavender lemonade in the summer.
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238 S 20th St, 2149 Catharine St, & 1900 15th St.
Ultimo Coffee is a unique and trendy coffee shop that will brew you a personal cup of coffee right then and there. They take pride in their coffee beans and roasting, so if you’re a coffee snob, this is one of the best coffee shops in Philadelphia you can ask for. It offers a short menu, but a great atmosphere to sit and enjoy your coffee.
620 S 9th St.
Admire local art while working on your computer, enjoying a book, or having a good conversation at Chapterhouse. This large coffee shop offers extremely comfortable seating, whether it’s at a table or on one of their couches. They also have two floors of seating, so you’ll never be left standing. Large windows in the back allow natural light to flood the coffee shop, making it a bright and productive place to be.
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701 S 7th St.
Rally is more than just your typical coffee shop. It’s also a co-working space and an event space. Whether you have a book club, large meeting, or want to celebrate an occasion, Rally is the one of the most accommodating coffee shops in Philadelphia. If you don’t need the entire space, you can reserve a table in the back for your meetings. Not to mention, their coffee and donuts are delicious!
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