If South Philly conjures images of Rocky running through the Italian Market and Mummers strutting down Broad Street, get ready to rethink your preconceptions. The neighborhood still boasts a proud Italian-American heritage, but waves of Mexican and Asian immigrants have added a multi-cultural flavor. More recently, millennial transplants have energized one of the city’s most traditional enclaves, bringing in their wake gastropubs, vintage clothing boutiques and artisanal coffee shops.
Chhaya Café offers organic, locally roasted coffees in three different brew styles. And tea lovers will find it hard to choose between evocatively named blends like Blue Lady (lavender and grapefruit) and Tear Water (earl grey and violets). If you think picking a nominee is tough, try deciding between nine varieties of waffles on the brunch menu.
1819 E Passyunk Ave
Combine your coffee break and happy hour at Ultimo Coffee @ Brew, a space sharing concept that makes you wonder why no one thought of it before. Get your morning jolt from a cup of hand-poured Counter Culture coffee while stocking up on six-packs at the in-house craft beer boutique. Routinely topping lists of America’s best coffee bars, this airy hybrid is well worth the trip.
1900 S 15th St