Recs for cafes or tea houses?
I love La Colombe (Rittenhouse) and Bubble House (West Phila) and am looking for somewhere new with excellent coffee or tea and a nice ambiance. Thanks!
Not sure if you are just looking in Philly but I heard Cafe Tea in Ambler is really good, I have not been there myself but am eager to try it.
La Colombe and Bubble House are really different kinds of places so it's hard to know what you are looking for exactly. But some coffee shops I like in Center City are Spruce St Espresso (tiny, but very good coffee) and La Va (ok coffee but good place to hang out and good middle eastern food--try their shakshouka).
Ultimo Coffee in South Philly has seriously good coffee. Best espresso, cappuccino and pour-over I have had in Phila and the baristas are consistently good. Atmosphere is just ok. Chestnut Hill Coffee as mentioned is supposed to have excellent espresso drinks and baristas as well.
Walnut street Bridge Cafe is cute and has decent coffee
There's this other place on 20th or 21st near pine/south (sorry so vague!) that i really like and can't remember the name that has a nice vibe. I usually just walk around before I find it.
Also on Spruce Street Espresso on 11th and Spruce has a good cup (but it's very tiny inside so finding a seat is hit or miss).
There's some tea place up in Northern Liberties near Honey's Sit'n'Eat called the Random Tea Room that I haven't been to but looks kind of interesting.
I can keep going. I think it's a personal decision and I personally am not loyal to any one place .. I'm even a sucker for DiBruno Brothers' on Chestnut sometimes for the people watching it offers
Philadelphia Java Company at 4th and Gaskill (one short block north of South) is still good. Good coffee, good food, too. Nice staff. I also like Lovers and Madmen at 40th and Ludlow in West Philly (Counter Culture coffee and Four Worlds Bakery pastries). A new coffeehouse just opened at Head House Square, Bodhi Coffee, but I haven't been there yet. It serves Stumptown coffee and the reviews seem to be good.
Haven't made it to Ultimo yet, but looking forward to getting there to try the coffee.