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It's always easier to sniff out the best coffeehouses in smaller cities; in New York, for example, one suffers from Starbuck's fatigue because there is one on every corner and it's easier to give in than to search out something that might be better or unique. Philadelphia has a multitude of good coffee shops throughout the city, so the next time you're in the city and feeling the burn of too much walking and sightseeing, patronize one of these establishments--you won't regret it!
This chic little coffee spot with its European vibe is located just off Rittenhouse Square and frequently garners the number one ranking of any "best in Philly" list for coffee.
Crossing the Walnut Street Bridge is a rite for Philadelphians who commute between West Philadelphia and Center City. This coffee house makes for a wonderful stopping point on the journey either to work, school, or home. The coffee house brews Illy Coffee and serves up some of the most elegant pastries available in the city.
Located in South Philly--the city's Italian neighborhood--is this venerable classic with its old world feel. They roast their own coffee on the premises, and it is consistently excellent. Anthony's is right in the heart of the Italian Market area and a great spot for people-watching too.
Philly's Reading Terminal Market is the setting for this coffee house, a sure bet for consistently good local brew and beans.
Ray's is a quirky mix of coffee house and Asian cuisine, located in Chinatown and not far from Philly's convention center. Both food and coffee merit a trip. The coffee is brewed to order in glass siphons visible to patrons and should please the most exacting coffee drinker.
The Last Drop is a hipster heaven of indie music, dog-eared magazines, and laid-back attitude. You can easily lose yourself for a couple hours here.
Big Jar offers the irresistible--to some of us, anyway--combination of books and coffee. Like Last Drop, it's a wonderful place to read, write, and daydream.
Not far from trendy South Street (and the Italian Market) is this friendly little café, where you can take in some art work along with your cup of joe.
While some find that the Caribou has fallen off its game lately--and is a tad overpriced to boot--you can at least afford a cup of espresso and take in serious people-watching in this busy area of Center City. A must for Francophiles.
Located in the heart of Philly's Center City gay neighborhood, the Millennium has both great coffee and great eye candy (a gym is nearby).