Alternate Title: Portland meets Philly
When L first moved to the city we were tipped off by the manager of a restaurant nearby that La Colombe was the best coffee in the city and we had to visit their shop on 19th street. 6 years later and that little shop has taken over restaurants and cafes and reached locations across the country. meanwhile, the purist coffee scene in this city has reared its head and resulted is a truly impressive selection all across the city, including several incredible roasters.
In case there was any doubt, La Colombe reclaimed its ground and then some with the opening of its newest outpost in Fishtown.
Smack-dab in the middle of Frankford Avenue activity stands the coolest spot to pop up as far as I’m concerned. The outside is sort of unassuming- its sandwiched between a (my) hair salon and another neighborhood coffee shop and true to its warehouse bones. Inside, it’s like a hipster candy shop.
A sprawling counter is dotted with made-in-house breads and pastries and all sorts of coffee-making apparatuses await your order (for a price). On the wall there is a full cafe menu ranging from sandwiches to skillet meals. The pièce de résistance is perhaps the rum distillery housed in a room of glass in the back.
You can order by the glass to accompany your meal, or else wine and beer is available as well if the mood doesn’t strike you.
The vibe is cool and relaxed. It begs you to hang out for a couple of hours in the perfectly curated leather chairs surrounded by bottle after bottle of rum or savor a meal with friends. If it wasn’t 3 miles away, I’d be visiting on a regular basis. There is no WiFi. Take a breath, close your computers and have a conversation or write or read a bit. It’s better that way.
La Colombe Torrefaction
1335 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
FRI-SAT: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
SUN-THU: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM