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Coffee & Pastries

natschall's picture

When I was reading the Inquirer, I came across one article that grabbed my attention: "Too Bean Or Not Too Bean", about a man who has several coffee shops and about all of the coffee shops on the Main Line. Following this train of thought...

  1. I researched "Main Line coffee shops" and ended up here: This made me curious about what the best coffee shops actually in the city were.
  2. I looked up "coffee shops in Philadelphia" and came across an article talking about how a coffee shop in Philadelphia was named #1 on the "Best Coffee in America" list:
  3. I followed up on that, googling the coffee shop (Ultimo Coffee) and found that they also sell bakery items from bakeries around the city:
  4. This made me curious about what the good bakeries were, so I checked "bakeries in Philadelphia" and came across a Top Bakeries list:
  5. I chose one that was relatively close (a couple blocks) to Ultimo and said it had reasonable prices (though it gives no pricing on the website...):
  6. I checked the SEPTA map and from 30th St Station, you can take two subway lines and a short walk to the coffee shop and bakery.

I propose that we have a trip into the city to have some of the best coffee in America and best pastries in Philly, to see if they're really as good as they're said to be.


mlord's picture


I go to Ultimo often. Great coffee. They are connected in some way to a microbrewery. If you go to that neighborhood, you might also visit Passyunk Avenue, which is a hip, bustling neighborhood. The interesting stuff is East of Broad Street, Ultimo is (1 block) West of Broad. The dance company I work at is headwquartered in an old funeral parlor on Broad Street.