West Philadelphia is blossoming as a haven for flocks of young professionals and new families who enjoy the duality of pseudo-neighborhood living paired with easy access to Center City. A few blocks west of University City and a few blocks south of Market Street, a hip and eclectic community is materializing and bringing with it trendy food, quirky book stores and perhaps most importantly a variety of coffee shops to choose from like Satellite Cafe pictured above.
These are some of the best spots to try out cold brew coffee, a classic cappuccino or even grab a kombucha to-go.
Satellite Café – 701 S 50th St.
Located near 50th and Baltimore Avenue, Satellite Café is known as a more artistic space to grab coffee or lunch. Seen as a bit of a contrast to Green Line’s wealthier clientele, Satellite provides affordable, local food and coffee to residents in the area. The café offers homemade vegan baked goods as well as a full vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu.
Milk and Honey – 4435 Baltimore Ave.
Located right across from West Philadelphia’s Clark Park on Baltimore Avenue, Milk and Honey offers a wide assortment of beverages as well as household necessities as it also functions as a small market. The shop sells locally sourced foods and provides caffeinated beverages from Philadelphia’s La Colombe. Milk and Honey Market provides food and beverage that are both healthy and support local small businesses.
Green Line Café – 4239 Baltimore Ave.
Green Line Café is located at 43rd and Baltimore Avenue and has branched out to include five other locations in West Philadelphia and Center City. The café is owned by West Philadelphia residents and has been open since 2003 serving organic, fair trade coffee, homemade pastries and quick bites as well.
It’s located in an historic building on the corner and serves as a meeting place for many students and young professionals in the area.Dottie’s Donuts – 4529 Springfield Ave.
Dottie’s Donuts began as a vegan donut company delivering its products to stores in the Philadelphia region. It opened a brick-and-mortar shop in 2016 and now offers a variety of vegan donuts as well as bagels, vegan cream cheese and Elixir coffee. The shop offers a wide selection of beverages including Thai tea, but since their basis is veganism as well as healthy and sustainable living, their coffee is always served with soy or almond milk.
HubBub Coffee – 3736 Spruce St.
HubBub coffee is located right on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus on Spruce Street and offers a selection of their own coffee blends as well as a rotating selection of coffee from around the world. Since their location is so convenient for students in University City, the shop also offers free wifi and plenty of outlets to charge your devices. Their pastries come from a variety of local bakeries and are delivered fresh daily.
-Text and images by Erinn Kovar, Justin Obendorfer and Max Buchdahl.