If it’s artisanal, locally sourced, organic, repurposed, sustainable or any of a hundred other adjectives beloved by hipsters, you will find it in Fishtown and Northern Liberties. Once solidly working class, this quarter is renowned today for a vibrant food, music and nightlife scene. Other areas may be quainter or more polished, but here locals have embraced the neighborhood’s blue collar past and wear grittiness as a badge of honor.
La Colombe’s flagship is more than just a coffee shop. It dishes up a full menu of homey selections like Biscuits and Gravy and Onion Soup on Toast Tartine in an immense former warehouse. In addition to coffee, wine and beer, La Colombe also pours its own brand of sipping rum, Different Drum, distilled on-site with cane sugar and — you guessed it! — coffee.
1335 Frankford Ave.
One Shot Coffee Shop and Kitchen is the kind of place that will make you wish it was raining outside to justify sinking into an overstuffed chair, grabbing something off the bookshelves and settling in for the day. It’s as cozy as your grandma’s kitchen (if your grandma was a killer pastry chef who served direct-trade coffee). Enjoy your brew with just-baked rustic tarts served on thrift store china, or cool off with a Mason jar of iced tea. Be sure to check out the second floor.
217 W. George St.