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September 28, 2021 – There’s no better way to start the day than with a freshly brewed cup of joe, hand-crafted latte, or refreshing iced coffee. In honor of International Coffee Day on Friday, October 1 we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Philadelphia-based coffee shops, restaurants with specialty beverages, and boozy coffee-infused cocktail recipes to celebrate the special occasion. 

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Where to Drink Coffee in the Philadelphia Area  

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Menagerie Coffee at The Bourse Food Hall, Old City’s modern artisanal food hall, is the crowd-pleasing coffee spot for locals and tourists to grab a morning cup of joe. This year, Menagerie Coffee is celebrating International Coffee Day from Friday, October 1 through Friday, October 8 with a social media contest.  

Coffee-goers can enter the social media contest by following Menagerie Coffee and The Bourse Food Hall on social media, snapping a photo of their go-to coffee order in front of Menagerie Coffee, posting it to their Instagram feed or story, and tagging @menageriecoffee and @Theboursephilly. A winner will be chosen on Friday, October 8 and will receive a special coffee-lovers prize.  

Hours of operation at Menagerie Coffee are Monday through Sunday 8am – 4pm.  

Hours of operation for The Bourse Food Hall are Monday through Thursday 7 am – 8 pm, Friday through Saturday 7 am – 10 pm, and Sunday 9 am – 6 pm. 

111 S Independence Mall E | 215.625.0300 | 

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Café Ynez, the Mexico-City inspired all-day diner located on Washington Avenue in South Philly, offers an impressive line-up of coffee and espresso drinks fit for the coffee aficionado.  

Guests may sip on the energy-boosting Ojos Rojos, composed of freshly brewed coffee, an added shot of espresso, and choice of milk. Folks looking to indulge in a sweeter coffee beverage can look to try the chocolatey Café Mocha, prepared with rich Mexican chocolate, freshly pulled espresso shots, and topped off with milk.  

All coffee beverages can be prepared iced or hot and made to enjoy with a nondairy alternative.  

Standard hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10am – 9pm, Friday through Saturday 10am – 10pm, and brunch service Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 3pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.  

2025 Washington Ave | 215.278.7579 |   

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East Passyunk Avenue, home to more than 160 independently-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, is a well-known hub for coffee lovers with various cafés and quaint shops boasting fresh, high-quality coffee including the cozy, home-style B2 Café, Philadelphia-based small batch roastery Rival Bros., and neighborhood, mosaic-adorned caffeine bar Black ‘n’ Brew.  

Check out the respective businesses’ website for additional information.  

1904 E Passyunk Ave | 

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Forsythia, Old City’s modern French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, is serving up a slew of traditional coffee beverages – ideal for sipping on alongside French plates from the ever-evolving menu, or as an after-dinner digestif. 

In addition to traditional coffee pours and shots of espresso, imbibers can enjoy the ultimate after-dinner treat, with the 3rd Times a Charm, composed of Faber Cold Brew Vodka, a single shot of Rival Bros. signature espresso, and finished with spiced simple syrup. 

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10pm.  

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 | 

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MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-based brand consisting of concepts spanning bars, restaurants, live music venues and a prestigious recording studio, helms an extensive coffee and espresso menu at MilkBoy Philly (Chestnut)  

MilkBoy Philly, the bar known for offering early service — the kitchen and bar open at 7 am – offers a classic Espresso Martini, composed of vodka, crème de café, simple syrup, and smooth espresso.  

Additionally, early birds and coffee enthusiasts may order elaborate espresso and coffee beverages including lattes, Americanos, café cortados and more from the espresso menu at the 11th and Chestnut St. location.  

Opening hours: daily from 7am – 2am  

MilkBoy Philly | 1100 Chestnut St | 215925.6455 | 

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Sabrina’s Café, the locally grown group of popular breakfast, lunch and (in one case) dinner restaurants, is serving up a sizeable line-up of specialty lattes including the Iced French Toast Latte, composed of fresh espresso shots, a choice of milk, delectable banana and vanilla syrup, topped off with cinnamon and whipped cream.  

This crowd-pleasing creation is available daily at any one of the four Sabrina’s Café PA/NJ locations. 

Fairmount | 1804 Callowhill St | 215.636.9061 | 

Collingswood | 714 Haddon Ave | 856.214.0723 | 

Wynnewood | 50 E Wynnewood Rd | 484.412.8790 | 

University City | 227 N 34th St | 215.222.1022 | 

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Stella of New Hope, Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, offers a twist on the classic espresso martini available on the after-dinner specialty menu that’s sure to impress coffee fanatics: The Stella Espresso Martini is crafted with vodka, vanilla, rich white chocolate, and freshly pulled espresso, and pairs perfectly with desserts such as the Caramelized White Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse. Guests can sip on the Stella Espresso Martini while cozying up to Stella’s al fresco fireplace whilst taking in the unparalleled views of the Delaware River.  

Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 – 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 4 – 10pm, and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 2pm. 

50 S Main Street | 267.740.2691 | 

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively neighborhood bistro, boasts an array of coffee-based cocktails available on the dessert menu.  

This International Coffee Day, the Old City hot spot will be whipping up coffee infused libations such as the signature Bittersweet Endings, prepared with Averna, coffee liqueur, crème de cocoa. 

Additionally, folks whose go-to coffee is a cold brew may look to try the Café Et Tonic, crafted with spiced rum, cold brew coffee, a touch of simple syrup for sweetness, and topped off with tonic.   

Folks may imbibe on these refreshing cocktails indoors or outdoors.  

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday 4 – 10 pm. 

52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 |  

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Boozy Coffee-Infused Cocktails to Make at Home 

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Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, offers a slew of unique and refreshing craft cocktails and recipes – perfect to make for an afternoon pick-me-up at home and a tasty, boozy way to enjoy what would be an ordinary cup of coffee.  

This International Coffee Day, imbibe on recipes crafted by Art in the Age bartender Jackie Nevin, such as the Café Con Lima, a refreshing mix of whiskey, coffee liqueur, fresh lime juice, and dashes of dram black bitters. Plus, classic cocktail lovers may look to Art in the Age’s take on the Espresso Martini, composed of vodka, espresso, whole or oat milk and dash fire mole bitters.  

Café Con Lima 

Courtesy of Jackie Nevin, Art in the Age Bartender  


  • 2 oz Kinsey Rye Whiskey  
  • .5 oz Liberty Belle Coffee Liqueur  
  • .5 oz fresh lime juice  
  • 2 dashes dram black bitters  

Glassware: Rocks glass  

Garnish: Smoked cinnamon stick  

Instructions: Add all ingredients to a mixing pitcher with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a smoked cinnamon stick. 


Espresso Martini  

Courtesy of Jackie Nevin, Art in the Age Bartender  


  • 1.5 oz New Liberty Powderhorn Vodka  
  • 1.5 oz espresso 
  • 3 dashes Dashfire Mole Bitters 
  • .75 oz oat milk 

Glassware: Martini  

Garnish: Fine layer of grated cinnamon and three coffee beans  

Instructions: Add liquids to shaker tins with ice and shake until chilled thoroughly. Fine strain into martini glass.  

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 12 – 6 pm. 

116 N 3rd Street | 215.922.2600 | 

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Coopers’ Craft Bourbon, Brown Forman’s newest bourbon in twenty years is a versatile and light bodied bourbon that can be used to make a variety of unique craft cocktails, including the coffee-forward cocktail: Donut Mind If I Do. Donut and bourbon-lovers rejoice for this sweet tooth’s dream.  

Donut Mind If I Do  

Recipe Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist  


  • 1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon  
  • 1 shot of espresso  
  • 3 oz whole milk (or vanilla oat milk) 
  • .75 oz glaze  
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (optional)  

Instructions: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain, garnish, serve. Serve with your favorite donut.  

Glaze Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar  
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream  
  • ½ teaspoon Coopers’ Craft Bourbon  

Instructions to make glaze: Combine all in a bowl and mix  

Glassware: Mug  

Garnish: Glaze rim and rainbow sprinkles or brown sugar  

Coopers’ Craft Bourbon can be purchased at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores. 

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Finlandia Vodka, the exceptional vodka crafted with nature’s finest ingredients such as pure glacial spring water and Suomi Barley, boasts a variety of bottled expressions – perfect for crafting and enjoying cocktails at home with family and friends.  

To celebrate International Coffee Day, imbibe on these two different espresso coffee infused craft cocktails. The classic Espresso Martini, a refreshing mix of Finlandia Classic, fresh espresso, and simple syrup. Plus, a twist on the classic espresso martini, Finlandia Redpresso Martini, prepared with Finlandia Raspberry, freshly pulled espresso, and finished with simple syrup for sweetness The coffee beans are welcomed touch in this session-able martini variation.  

Espresso Martini  

Recipe Courtesy of Pekka Pellinen  


  • 1 part Finlandia Classic  
  • ¼ part simple syrup  
  • 1 part espresso  

Instructions: Shake and pour into glass  

Glassware: Martini  

Finlandia Redpresso Martini 

Recipe Courtesy of Pekka Pellinen  


  • 1 part Finlandia Raspberry 
  • 1 part Espresso  
  • ½ part simple syrup 

Instructions: Shake and pour into glass 

Glassware:  Martini  

Garnish: Three coffee beans 

Finlandia Classic and Finlandia Raspberry can be purchased at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.  


The Stella Espresso Martini Photo Credit Jamie Shaw Beverage Manager (1)









-Alexis Levant