Old City Coffee Shops

Old City Coffee Shops

The charming Old City neighborhood of Philly is loaded with tons of can't miss coffee shops. Claire (@PhillyImmersion) and Nova (@coffeeandphilly) have their hand on the pulse of these shops and can tell you the ones you have to check out.

The Native's Favorite Old City Coffee Shops


Address: 1313 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Claire: "This is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon on a warm summer's day. It's inside what used to be an auto repair shop, so if the weather is nice they have the garage doors open which makes the place bright and sweeping. They're really creative with their drink specials, like a Vietnamese or Apple Pie syrup for a latte, or an Espresso Cocktail with Rosemary and Cranberry."

FRIEDA for generations

Address: 320 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Claire: "This is the place to connect with those around you. There's no free wifi, they're known for their activities like discussing in a foreign language, film showings, afternoon tea, and so much more! They also have some of the most delicious food, made by their Parisian trained chef, David. Here, you're part of a community with some of the loveliest people in Philadelphia."

United By Blue

Address: 205 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nova: "This is a coffee shop dedicated to sustainability. They've also got a store - in the coffee shop - where you can buy camping gear, clothes, candles, you name it."

Menagerie Coffee

Address: 18 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Claire: "One of the most raved about coffee shops in Philadelphia and for all the right reasons. It's a place that feels like home with exposed brick, wooden floors, a big window, and lots of delicious drink options."

Cafe Ole

Address: 147 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Claire: "The owner, Ross, is an ex-physics professor and his attention to detail shines through the coffee. The baristas are some of nicest people I've met and I've had the best pour-over and cinnamon bun ever here. It's located in such a cute little neighborhood in South Philly, making you really feel like a local."

Ox Coffee

Address: 221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Claire: "Good coffee and good music playing from a record player right off bustling South Street. You can also buy records here - or donate and get a free cup of coffee! Perfect for grabbing a cup on-the-go or enjoying their backyard during the summertime."