Top 9 Cafes You Must Try In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Charmaine
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The current trend of dining out has paved the way for the growing need for meeting places and, especially, good food! The staples of good American coffee and muffins can now easily be found together with plenty of other menu options in a flourishing city that houses numerous cafes. Cafes have become a hub for students, young professionals, and even the older generations because they are conducive to working and a great place to relax over good food and coffee. If you are looking for a place to maximize your productivity, enjoy your quiet time, or simply savor some delectable treats, we have gathered a list of these cafes you must try in Philadephia, Pennsylvania.

1. One Shot Cafe

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This is an artsy stop for sandwich lovers on the go. Famous for their breakfast sandwiches and hash browns, the cafe also tickles coffee lovers with their wide array of lattes and teas. The price you pay is truly worth every bite you take here. Featuring not only their famous sandwiches and coffees, their platters are also a must-try.

The One Shot Cafe leaves you craving more caffeine and more savory goodness. There’s a 4.5-star rating out of 5 for this cafe – truly delectable!

One Shot Cafe

Address: 217 W. George Street Philadephia, PA

Website: One Shot Cafe

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

2. Grindcore House


You’ll be surprised at how this cafe, with its heavy metal ambiance, is actually vegan-friendly! Grindcore House gives off a rock and roll atmosphere that’s not at all overbearing or creepy - it’s actually quite interesting and unique. The cafe stands out for being vegan and their dairy alternatives and great sandwiches.

Must-tries include their “Tofurky” sandwich, which is made of tofu instead of turkey. Their coffee, with a wide array of milk alternatives, is also one of the things you have to try on your visit. This cafe easily gets five out of five stars.

Grindcore House

Address: 4134 Chester Ave Philadelphia, PA

Website: Grindcore House

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 8pm

3. Front Street Cafe


The Front Street Cafe is one busy stop. This place is quite a scene to behold and the café’s setting has a warm feeling, with a lot of natural lighting. The food is great and the flavors are rich. There are a lot of vegan choices, too! Menu favorites include the Brussel sprouts, buffalo cauliflower, eggs benedict, and, for the drinks, a matcha mint chocolate smoothie. Their mix of vegan and meat-based items diets on their menu are quite fun and this place is a must-visit when visiting the city.

Front Street Cafe

Address: 1253 N Front Street Philadelphia, PA

Website: Front Street Cafe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 8am - 2am (kitchen closed Sat & Sun from 4pm - 5pm)

4. Plenty Café


An upbeat vibe from both the cafe’s ambiance and the servers make a perfect combination for the perfect place to hang out and spend a lazy afternoon. This place is a mixture of modern and rustic style that’s absolutely gorgeous. Although quite small, it is certainly the go-to place when you’re looking to have a personal and intimate time hanging out with friends or your special someone. Favorites on their menu include their shakshuka, which they’ve given their own twist by frying the eggs instead of poaching.

Plenty Café

Address: 1602 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA; 1710 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA; 05 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Website: Plenty Café

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 10pm; Sat - Sun 9am - 10pm

5. Cafe La Maude


A day at Cafe La Maude is like having brunch in Paris. This place is welcoming and helps you relax – certainly a great spot for a weekend hangout with friends or family. The food is a fusion of Lebanese and French cooking, which is sure to hit the spot with food enthusiasts. This place is often packed, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation. Compliments to the chef for the mouthwatering Parisian Za and green shakshuka.

Cafe La Maude

Address: 816 N 4th Street Philadelphia, PA

Website: Cafe La Maude

Opening hours: Mon - Sun 7am - 4pm

6. Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery

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This is the perfect place to bring your friends and family for brunch. It’s a spacious venue that can cater to medium and large groups. The ambiance is surprisingly cozy and, despite the size of the space, which can host large groups of customers, the cafe is also popular with solo customers who come here to study, relax, hang out, and even doodle.

Chaptherhouse is definitely a crowd-pleaser for their meals and is never really “not busy”. Their non-dairy options for drinks are a plus, as well as their well-crafted menu items – tasty and delectable.

Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery

Address: 620 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA

Website: Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery

Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 7am - 10pm

7. Vineyards Cafe


For anyone who adores sweets, this is the place to visit because of their surprisingly numerous options for crepes. They offer huge servings and fresh fillings and their fluffy, sweet crepes are ecstasy on the tongue. The brewed coffee they serve blends well with the sweet crepes. They also cater to varied dietary requirements. Obviously, among all their dishes, their crepes are tops – highly recommended for all sweet tooths out there.

Vineyards Cafe

Address: 847 N 16th St Philadelphia, PA

Website: Vineyards Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Sun 7:00am - 3:00pm

8. The Monkey & The Elephant


Upon entering this homey cafe, what greets you is the array of paintings hung on the wall adorning this place – which are, in fact, all for sale! The coffee, lattes, tea, and freshly baked goods are a must-try during your visit. Favorites include their corn muffins and paninis – fresh from the oven!

This place gets a lot of regular customers and almost everyone is familiar with the staff, which adds to the friendly vibe. Their cold brew is strong and also something you must try. This cafe deserves a five out of five-star rating – one of the best in the city.

The Monkey & The Elephant

Address: 2831 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia PA

Website: The Monkey & The Elephant

Opening hours: Mon: 7am - 11am; Tue - Sun: 7am - 7pm

9. Sabrina's Cafe


Offering seasonal and staple dishes on their menu, Sabrina’s serves an extensive array of tasty dishes. A favorite is their chicken and waffles, which they serve with their classic huevos rancheros, complete with chorizo. They have savory and sweet meals and the atmosphere is quite nice.

Sabrina's Cafe

Address: 910 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA

Website: Sabrina’s Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 8am - 4pm; Fri - Sun: 8am - 5pm

Experience Philadelphia through these cool cafes

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Good company paired with delectable food is the perfect combination for making beautiful memories. Special times shared over a hearty breakfast and a great cup of coffee are the memories we tend to keep forever. So, check out these cool spots when you visit Philadelphia – or whenever you have a group gathering in mind.

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Charmaine is a Filipino food and travel blogger who is in constant search for new adventures and experiences. Travelling around the world has given her a wider perspective about life and a deeper...Read more

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