Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of the house drip or a rich and creamy draft latte, it’s east to find a great coffee shop almost anywhere in Philly. But sometimes you’re craving a proper meal — breakfast, lunch, or otherwise — along with your cuppa rather than a cellophane-wrapped bagel sandwich or a fossilized croissant. Here’s our list of the city’s best coffee shops and cafes that serve a solid menu alongside the caffeine you really came for.
Double Knot, Midtown Village
During the day, this Elixr-Schulson Collective collab is one of the city’s best spots to grab a coffee, with solid breakfast selections in the morning and customizable rice bowls, noodle bowls, and banh mi served at lunch.
Grindcore House, Pennsport
The all-vegan coffee shop at 4th and Cross serves a selection of sandwiches and salads made with lots of veggies in addition to meat substitutes like seitan.
Kaffa Crossing, Spruce Hill
Get ful or spiced scrambled eggs with beef for breakfast and a veggie or meat injera platter for lunch — they’ve even got a vegetarian tofu wat — at this Ethiopian coffee shop and eatery in West Philly.
Plenty Cafe, East Passyunk, Bella Vista, Center City
The European-inspired cafe boasts an extensive menu of house-made goodies from ricotta toast to caprese salad to Moroccan meatballs — plus, each location has a bar, making this spot perfect for a happy hour meetup.
Front Street Cafe, Fishtown
This spacious spot under the El boasts one of the most extensive menus of any cafe on this list, with a full selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items with a healthy twist.
Franny Lou’s Porch, Kensington
Blew Kind’s colorful, welcoming hangout serves sandwiches and salads named for social justice movements — like the Anti-Drone, made with goat cheese, veggie slaw, egg, and fresh greens, and the Pro-Children, peanut butter, jam, granola, and apple on focaccia bread.
One Shot Coffee, Northern Liberties
This coffee shop serves up a solid brunch menu, with hearty dishes like biscuits and gravy, baked apple French toast, and a mushroom and buttered kale omelet for when you’re feeling decadent.
Satellite Cafe, Cedar Park
Neighborhood regulars at West Philly’s anarchist coffee shop swear by the Bike Shop Bagel (made with pesto, spinach, roasted red peppers, and your choice of real or vegan cream cheese) and the black bean wrap to accompany their kale smoothies.
Uncle Bobbie’s, Germantown
Marc Lamont Hill’s community-oriented cafe and bookstore also serves up fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
Hungry Pigeon, Queen Village
Philly’s best restaurant is also an all-day cafe — which means you can have whatever Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley feel like cooking up that day while catching up with friends or meeting your deadline over coffee.
La Colombe, Fishtown
In addition to their extensive bread and pastry offerings, La Colombe’s outsized location on Frankford Avenue serves solid breakfast and lunch dishes, too — like their Parisian sandwich, a glorious combination of crisp-crusted baguette, thin-sliced ham, and lots of butter.
High Point Cafe, Fairmount, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy
Looking for gluten-free, celiac-friendly pastries? High Point has a whole line of them made in-house, plus grab-and-go sandwiches and a slate of sweet and savory made-to-order crepes.