Claire Sibley

Coffee ☕

Constantly searching for a good cup of coffee


My Story

I was born in Singapore and continued to move to eight different countries after that due to my father's work. I ended up in the Philly area for college and absolutely fell in love. I run a website and Instagram that follows my journeys to the best coffee shops in Philadelphia, in hopes of turning in my nomadic lifestyle and becomoming a local in the City of Brotherly Love.

Every Sunday, I go to a new coffee shop in Philadelphia for various reasons. It's my favorite way to see the city (and on a budget!), be productive, and make incredible connections. I look for more than just good coffee, some cafés are great for a cup to go, others want you to stay for a couple of hours.

Going to a coffee shop every Sunday has been my ritual since I moved here and is what got me exploring the city before anything else.


summer days | running | picnics | wandering philly | yoga & meditation | people watching

Claire's Top Spots

FRIEDA for generations

FRIEDA for generations

What you need to know:

This is the place to connect with those around you. There's no free wifi, they're known for their activities like discussing in a foreign language, film showings, afternoon tea, and so much more! They also have some of the most delicious food, made by their Parisian trained chef, David. Here, you're part of a community with some of the lovliest people in Philadelphia.

Herman's Coffee


What you need to know:

This is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon on a warm summer's day. It's inside what used to be an auto repair shop, so if the weather is nice they have the garage doors open which makes the place bright and sweeping. They're really creative with their drink specials, like a Vietnamese or Apple Pie syrup for a latte, or an Espresso Cocktail with Rosemary and Cranberry.

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What you need to know:

The owner, Ross, is an ex-physics professor and his attention to detail shines through the coffee. The baristas are some of nicest people I've met and I've had the best pour-over and cinnamon bun ever here. It's located in such a cute little neighborhood in South Philly, making you really feel like a local.

Elixr Coffee

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What you need to know:

Located on a little side street off bustling Walnut Street, Elixr has some of the most delicious and well-known coffee in the city. With woodsy and rustic vibes, you're transplanted into a little cabin in the woods and surrounded by busy people, networking, being productive, or just reading.

Pilgrim Roasters

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What you need to know:

Make the trip to Manayunk, with Pilgrim Roasters located right along famous Main Street and beside the beautiful canal. Pilgrim has gorgeous big windows, exotic teas, and even their very own coffee roaster imported from Paris! They literally roast the coffee beans on location.

Square One Coffee


What you need to know:

This is the coffee shop that started it all for me. With warm string lights, wooden panels, and couches, this place makes me feel right at home. You can spend hours here being productive and not feel rushed at all.

Bluestone Lane


What you need to know:

Everything about the atmosphere is wonderful and aesthetically pleasing. The perfect place to meet up with friends or grab brunch (their toasts are delicious. I could eat their avocado toast every day. Card only!

River Wards Cafe


What you need to know:

It's located in the heart of Port Richmond, opposite the cutest row homes so this is definitely a local's place. Joe makes a terrific cappuccino that you can sip while people watching in a gorgeous cafe with exposed brick and warm lighting.

Ox Coffee


What you need to know:

Good coffee and good music playing from a record player right off bustling South Street. You can also buy records here - or donate and get a free cup of coffee! Perfect for grabbing a cup on-the-go or enjoying their backyard during the summertime.

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