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Old City Coffee

City Center East
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221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
(215) 592-1897
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6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
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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, Takeout

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    4 of 5 stars
great coffee and baked goods

This is where the locals go. Staff is fast and friendly. Coffee and tea are fresh, not acidic. Baked goods are lovely. Enjoy the cafe for work or catching up with friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been here for a dozen times because my sis likes their coffee beans. I helped her get them a dozen of times and boy I regretted every single time. I work nearby so I try to be helpful for my sis. but man, I think the job requirement to work at this place is you need to look unfriendly... More 

Thank lunzeea
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is where the locals go. Staff is fast and friendly. Coffee and tea are fresh, not acidic. Baked goods are lovely. Enjoy the cafe for work or catching up with friends.

Thank MaxMuscolo
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the wait for their coffee, I love their cafe aulait. The coffee is a bit strong so I needed room for cream

Thank Nicole L
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Church Street venue is hidden enough to feel local and welcoming ... the bagels are wonderful and I was lucky enough to be served two days in a row by the very fantastic Mackenzie 😀😀

Thank annakennedy55
Charlotte, North Carolina
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146 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

You can find this place inside a Reading Terminal. Organic, ground in front of you as you wait and perfect to the last drop. Enjoy!

Thank MadMaxCMD
Norwalk, Connecticut
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84 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We got there when the market opened, and the coffee tasted like it had been warmed up from the day before. Bitter, watered down. Try somewhere else.

Thank Hikingrrrl
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

OCC started in the 90s--or was it the 80s? Either way, it's attracted a loyal following. It's spot in Old City has been home since it started and rents in this neighborhood of former light industrial buildings--think New York's Soho--were low. It's location is close to many of the tourist attractions and is up a quintessentially quaint 18th C. Cobblestone... More 

Thank kirbeek
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great Coffee.Great service.Friendly staff who make everyone feel welcome.The coffee is all fresh roasted and well served.Many choices.

Thank Frank282
Indialantic, Florida
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212 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Got a large cup of the coffee of the day. They were brewing coffee from India. It was very good! Didn't have that burnt taste that Starbucks can sometimes have. They also offered honey and simple syrup at their "fixins" table which I thought was a nice touch. They roast and ship, going to check out their website!

Thank RBD930
Austin, Texas
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166 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Exceptional coffee. Great pricing. Served extremely hot so be prepared to wait a few minutes before you drink.

Thank JRsNeighbor

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Restaurant Details

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: Cafe
Open Hours
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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