Good places to drink coffee?
We'll be in town for a short vacation in May. We'd appreciate recommendations for good places to drink coffee. Centrally located unless you can conince us to use valuable time seeking out an exceptional place. We generally prefer small independent places (no Starbucks)!
In Center City, Elixr is your best bet: http://www.elixrcoffee.com
If you want to travel, Ultimo Coffee in South Philly is great, it's not too far from Center City. Could be worth the trip.
La Colombe is a classic here but Elixr and Ultimo have jumped ahead; doing pour-over cups to order and pulling much better espresso.
If you are a coffee geek, Shot Tower Coffee in Queen Village (closer than Ultimo) might be worth a small detour, they are the only place in town with a La Marzocco Strada. I haven't actually had the coffee there though.
We really enjoyed Cafe Ole on 3rd St. Not from Philadelphia and we found it by accident after visiting the Jewish Museum. Coffee was great, and the hummos was wonderful-best I've had in a while. ( I think they are Israeli) It happened to be Purim, and the owner (I think) had homemade hamantachen filled with dates which were wonderful. A great little spot.