Ultimo is an original in the “craft coffee” movement and an easy pick for a high-quality pour-over—all orders after 11am, in fact, are hand-poured and include one of the shop’s own roasts. Complement a brew with citrus notes with any of their sourdough bagels or vegan donuts from Dottie’s. It’s one of the more comforting spaces for work or pleasure in the city, featuring a garage door that let’s in a warm breeze on perfect spring days, a repurposed church pew for seating along the wall and an indoor mural that provides the space a little funk.
This city takes its caffeine intake seriously. When it comes to coffee shops, Philadelphia is rife with options to please java snobs and those just looking to hunker down with a laptop alike. This list covers must-try spots across the city—from a curious “coffee lab” in South Philly to a Northern Liberties favorite that draws locals in for delicious, housemade kronuts. A stop at a café also serves as a perfect starting point to get caffeinated up for a day of exploring the city—whether you want to seek out some nearby Philadelphia parks or hit up a couple of the major sites, like the Liberty Bell or Philadelphia Museum of Art. When night falls, find dinner at one of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia.
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