Between the endless wave of midterms and the freakish arctic temperatures, we want nothing more than to curl up in front of a fireplace with a steaming cup of coffee. After bouncing between Saxby’s and Starbucks, a change of scenery (and drink choice) is often necessary to maintain sanity. Getting off campus and trying these little coffee shops may be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing to FINALLY finish that paper you have been putting off!

Copious Caffeine: Philly's Best Coffee Shops

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La Colombe: Looking for wonderful service and Italian-style espressos? Look no further than La Colombe. Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, this bustling café serves as the perfect spot to be surrounded by the excitement of Center City while studying for that dreaded econ midterm.

Location: 130 South 19th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 7:00am-7:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-7:00pm


Old City Coffee: Finally ready to explore that somewhat elusive place “Reading Market” that all of your friends have told you about? After picking up some farm fresh goodies and stuffing your face with whatever your heart desires, you may be experiencing a food coma. There is no better cure for your foggy state than a beautiful cappuccino, or the double mint hot chocolate, which is definitely a fan favorite.

Location: 12th Street and Arch Street

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 8:00am-6:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm


Copious Caffeine: Philly's Best Coffee Shops

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Lovers and Madmen: Within walking distance, this locally owned café not only serves delicious roasts, but also boasts a menu filled with delicious pastries and gourmet sandwiches. If you are a goat cheese lover, the Roasted Veggie Panini is a must-try! Hosting wonderful community events like frequent live music festivals, Lovers and Madmen provides a great study environment.

Location: 28 South 40th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:00pm, Sat 8:00am-6:00pm,

Sun 9:00am-6:00pm


Good Karma Café: As a completely sustainable and socially responsible café, Good Karma has a great community vibe perfect for a fun, yet serene study environment. On top of that, most of the roasts are local and organic! Good Karma also spices up its normal menu with must-try coffees of the month.

Location: 331 South 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun 7:00am-10:00pm