Reading Terminal Market is a huge indoor farmer’s market in Philly, and it has not one but two Old City Coffee vendors. Why? I have no idea. They’re conveniently located though; Reading Terminal Market is right above the SEPTA station. But today we didn’t check out either of them. Instead, we wandered down cobbled roads and found the actual Old City Coffee shop, where we planned to spend a productive day. After inhaling coffee and getting a bunch of pictures of course.
Coffee shops are getting trendier and trendier. They’ve taken over Instagram. They’re all white walls and exposed brick and clean, bold, modern minimalistic branding. But Old City Coffee is where people come to get coffee. That kinda sounds dumb to say, but I think you get what I mean. Amy, Victoria, and I arrived around 10:00AM and Old City Coffee was hustling, getting the orders out so their customers could start their day. Something about this coffee shop felt more authentic than most other coffee shops, almost like the rest were just posers.
I shuffled to the back of the cafe, settled down with my mocha latte, and took a breath. Certainly no one else was! I’m sure things slow down later in the day. We didn’t stick around long enough to see if it did though. The wifi was quite terrible and we weren’t able to work, so with our data, we Yelped nearby work-friendly coffee shops. Up next: United By Blue.
221 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tl;dr– Small tables, good for individual work. Bad wifi. Great place for grab-and-go coffee to kickstart your day.