Top Spots To Read Your Book With Coffee In Philadelphia

September 27, 2013 8:00 AM

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There is nothing better than spending your day off reading a good book with a nice warm cup of joe in your hand. Sometimes, it’s even more fun to find that perfect little coffee shop where someone can make the best coffee for you. We’ve found the city’s top coffee houses where you can comfortably waste the day away doing just that. Check out our list of the top spots to read your book with coffee in Philadelphia.

La. Va Cafe

2100 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-1508

Visit the Graduate Hospital neighborhood cafe for a fresh cup of La Colombe coffee or breakfast, lunch or dinner. La. Va is the “go to” local cafe for Graduate Hospital neighborhood residents, with affordable and delicious cuisine and free wireless for customers. It’s the perfect place to pull out the textbooks or that classic novel you’ve been meaning to read. Plus, La. Va Cafe is just a few blocks from scenic Rittenhouse Square and the high-end shopping section of Philadelphia on Walnut Street. Head inside this cafe to take a break from the city and relax with a nice cup of coffee and some good reading material.

Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar
15 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-9033

The theme at Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar is “Fresh.” Everything is baked from scratch in Nook’s own kitchen, and the coffee is from local sources and is brewed in small batches to ensure freshness. Nook uses locally grown and seasonal ingredients, too. It’s the perfect place to step out of the busy streets of Philly and dig into a good book and some tasty treats. Just the name alone makes you think of quiet corners in a comfortable chair where you can enjoy an engrossing novel or the latest gossip magazine.

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Rocket Cat Cafe
2001 Frankford Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-4526

Rocket Cat Cafe is located in the trendy Fishtown section of Philadelphia. The cafe has been a popular haunt for hipster coffee lovers even before Fishtown was a hip place to hang. Try the organic coffee and local vegan cuisine. There’s also a small selection of board games for you to play with a friend and retro-cushy couches and chairs for relaxing and reading your favorite book. Rocket Cat Cafe also has a bookshelf where you can borrow and contribute books for sharing if you’d like. The atmosphere is laidback and friendly and the clientele is mostly students, musicians and artists.

Higher Ground
631 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 922-3745

Northern Liberties is the home of Higher Ground, a neighborhood cafe that hosts local artists, musical performers and book and poetry readings. Have a book read to you for a change while enjoying the latest fare and a delicious latte. This is also a perfect place for the night owl to hang due to its late hours. Higher Ground supports neighborhood artists and musicians, and it’s the perfect place to check out the talented people in the Northern Liberties neighborhood.

Leotah’s Place
2033 E. York St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 519-9031

Join the warm atmosphere at Leotah’s in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Leotah’s Place is located at the corner of Coral and East York and offers direct trade, organic and local coffee and ingredients for all products. The prices aren’t bad either. Leotah’s has a comfortable atmosphere and is the perfect place to get lost in a good page-turner. Customers love to sit and read the day away at Leotah’s because of the warm and friendly environment.

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Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at

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