Alternatives to Starbucks
When I visit Philadelphia on vacation I want to drink good coffee.
Any suggestions of really good coffee houses/shops worth visiting, preferably not the corporate chains?
the northern liberties neighborhood oozes coffee shops. all of these within about 1 sq mi:
coffee house (on girard, near el stop)
one shot (in liberties walk, between 2nd and 3rd)
euphoria (2nd st in the funky 5-story building) - addictive pretzels
elixir (2nd street, just south of euphoria)
arbol (2nd and poplar)
higher grounds (on 3rd st) - great lounging area - my personal fave, even though i love em all
random tea room (4th st) - they do french press coffee
i put them in an order that you can literally do a coffee bar crawl walking for approx 1 min between most of these! don't know if your travels will take you up this way, but it's a short walk / 2 min drive from old city (where most of the historic sights are). just google the zip 19123 to get an idea of the area. i really love all the coffee options northern liberties has to offer. :) oh, and you can find a great brunch in the neighborhood, too.