But First: Reanimator Coffee
Some coffee shops have really good, locally roasted coffee. Some coffee shops have bright windows with beautiful natural light. Some coffee shops have a quiet, relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. One of my favorite Philadelphia coffee shops has it all, times two. That would be Reanimator Coffee. With two locations, one in a tiny triangular brick building in a cozy area of Fishtown and the other in a bright, airy warehouse on Master Street in Kensington, Reanimator is at the top of my list for coffee and coffee shop atmosphere.
Reanimator Coffee is one of Philadelphia's finest neighborhood coffee shops. These are not hip and crowded trendy coffee spots; these are coffee shops where neighbors go to catch up, commuters grab their morning coffee before work, and locals come to do some work. The best part about Reanimator is that they have two locations with two different vibes (but equally good coffee of course).
The Fishtown location (1523 E. Susquehanna Ave., outside pictured above) is so neighborhood-y and cozy. It's got a great minimalist decor with low tables and couches for conversation and clean wood tables for working. The triangular building is tucked away near two of my favorite Philadelphia restaurants: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen and Loco Pez. You might as well grab a coffee to start and make a day of it!
The other location is situated in a bright and airy warehouse in Kensington (310 W. Master Street) that doubles as their roastery. When you imagine "city coffeehouse" this is probably what you had in mind. Floor to ceiling windows allow light to spill in over wooden bench seats and marble topped tables. It's the kind of place you want to grab your laptop and set up shop for days.
These pictures hardly do the gorgeous spaces justice but that's really not why you're going to go to Reanimator Coffee. Though I don't judge if you're looking for that perfect instagram photo. No, you should head to Reanimator for the perfect cup of coffee.
Reanimator is all about the experience of coffee. They source their beans from places like Ethopia and Guatemala and have a variety of rich and balanced roasts. I'm not so crazy about rich, full-bodied coffees but something about Reanimator's blends is just so good. They also have lighter varieties that are subtle and barely need anything to sweeten them. I'm partial to their iced coffee at this time of year and could seriously drink it all day. If you're reading this and you're not from the Philly area, you can indulge in their coffee subscription or you can order a bag or two.
Reanimator Coffee is what you'd call Philadelphia coffee, if there is such a thing. It's a real experience, whatever location you're at, and the focus is on making a delicious cup of coffee that you won't forget.