If the hot summer is any indication of what it is going to be like this winter, you will definitely need to get out of the cold and grab yourself a nice hot drink to warm you up. Whether it’s tea or rum and cider, the best hot drinks in Philly promise to warm you from the inside out no matter how nasty the weather.
The House of Tea
720 S. Fourth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Nat Litt opened the House of Tea in 1993, offering customers more than 300 teas from around the world. As diverse a person as his tea selection, this tea genius had been an architect, clown, magician and chef. After Natt’s death in 1997, his wife promised The House of Tea would remain open as long as guests continued to come enjoy the delicious teas here. The good news for everyone is that you may also shop online to snag those delicious flavors for late nights bundled up at home as well.
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Frankford Hall is one of Stephen Starr’s most famous venues. Starr began working in the restaurant business at 21 in Old City. In 1995, he founded STARR Restaurants, and the Philly area restaurant scene hasn’t been the same since. Located in the Fishtown section of Philly, Frankford Hall is not your average drinking or dining establishment. Frankford Hall sports a German theme and adds a casual 400-seat, picnic-bench-filled beer garden. It’s the “essen” and “trinken,” including the gluten free Doc’s apple cider, that draw visitors in from the cold.
1172 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Located at the Italian Market in South Philly, Rim Café is the place to go for decadent chocolate. Rene’s creation, the Volcano, is to die for. A Best of Philly 2007 winner for hot chocolate, Rim Café is definitely the place to go to warm your stomach and quench your chocolate fix. Made with liquefied, hot chocolate, whipped cream and chocolate shavings, this delicacy promises decadence galore. If you want an even more original hot chocolate, try the Grandfather Volcano, which includes mascarpone and ricotta. The Volcano was featured on the Food Channel’s “Sugar High” and called “Phreakin’ Phenominal.”
Old City Coffee
221 Church St.
Philadelphia, PA 19006
Old City Café is the place to go for your coffee fix. Its coffee is roasted in tiny batches and includes Arabican coffee and chest tea. Get out of the cold and enter an intimate café that seats 25. Be overtaken by the aroma as you watch the Barista mix up your urn-brewed requests. Hailed for having the “best coffee beans in the city” by Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia City Paper, Old City Coffee is worth checking out.
2005 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
If you are in the mood for some hot, buttered rum, head on out to Rum Bar on Walnut Street. A Philly Hot List winner, Rum Bar features an amazing assortment of white, gold, dark, cachacas, agricole rhums, flavored, overproof and anejo rums. With 241 rum options, you’re sure to find just the right one for your cider, hot toddy or that much-loved hot, buttered rum.
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