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Old City Coffee

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City Center East
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221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
(215) 592-1897
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Today
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wake Up & Smell The Old City Coffee

Little hole in the wall with so much to offer! Freshly roasted coffee, amazingly fresh and well toasted bagels (even had an unexpected salt crunch on the corners!) with delicious spreads, locally made yogurts, and scones, muffins, salads and more to make your mouth drool with delight. Service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Little hole in the wall with so much to offer! Freshly roasted coffee, amazingly fresh and well toasted bagels (even had an unexpected salt crunch on the corners!) with delicious spreads, locally made yogurts, and scones, muffins, salads and more to make your mouth drool with delight. Service was about an 8 out of 10 - was a little curt... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

For all the hype that this is the home of real coffee, the experience is underwhelming. Coffee was ok, nothing more, cafe itself at Church St is sterile, like at the bus depot. Just a coffee shop for local workers.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The iced coffee I had was pretty good. The hot coffee I had was far too dark. When I asked for a medium roast I was told they only do 1 style of coffee per day. Seems strange for how busy they were.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Anyone with the slightest interest in beans, brewing and espresso must try out this place. Kind of rough style but great taste. I tried the 6 bean espresso (single) which was superb – to bad I didn't order a dubble or even triple....

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I was in Philly for 3 days and found this gourmet coffee gem in the Reading Terminal Mkt the first day. I'm a self-proclaimed coffee snob because I require no sugar, syrup or "mask" to enjoy my coffee. I drink it strait and strong. I had the "Old City Blend" in the mornings. It's aroma was amazing and the bean... More 

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Athol, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Inside the Reading Terminal Market. Grind their own coffee-of-the-day and brew tea from fresh, loose tea. Both were delicious.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I wanted a latte, at a less than full temp, with room at the top for extra cold milk. I got a latte of sorts, boiling hot, filled to the top. I didn't love the taste of the latte. It wasn't as creamy as a typical latte, but had a smoky, almost toasted flavor to the coffee. I dumped a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

if you like coffee and being in a social place go to Old City Coffee in Reading Terminal Philadelphia. The coffee is excellent and the location is special. This is a must when in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Smooth tasty coffee for a reasonable price. Went great with the donut from Beiler's!! Perfect combo!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Sometimes the best way to evaluate a coffee bar is by its drip coffee. I was very impressed with the smoothness of the flavor. The coffee is roasted and brewed fresh. The coffee was reasonably priced and had a lot of goodies to be sold along with it.

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Additional Information about Old City Coffee

Address: 221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
Phone Number: (215) 592-1897
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $20
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 592-1897

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?