There is a huge trend in Philly where coffee shops are transforming into destinations instead of just places to get caffeinated. They are becoming a place where you can catch up with friends or knock out some work. Fairmount has some pretty awesome options.
Sembat Dramgotchian, the mastermind behind the Instagram account @PhillyFoodLove, has been enamored by the Philly food scene since the day he was born - he was born and raised in the city of brotherly love. For him, visiting restaurants was more than just trying great food; it was the experience that made him fall in love with the Philly food scene.
The weather is warm which means it's time to transition to drinking outdoors. We're not sure why, but grabbing a drink with friends is so much better when it's outside. We teamed up with our Philly Drink Scene Natives to give you a list of some of the best places to grab cheap-ish drinks outdoors around Fairmount.
Native Highlight: Coffee and Philly
Growing up just outside of a city can be such a cool experience! Close enough to the bright lights to be enamored by them, without being too close where it loses its allure. Nova, the coffee loving native behind the instagram account @coffeandphilly, grew up 20 minutes outside of the city and had this exact experience. She remembers one of the biggest highlights of the summer as a teenager was going to South Street. Fast forward to today, and Nova is now on an adventure to find and share the best coffee shops Philly has to offer.
Check out the behind the scenes of this coffee obsessed Native and find out a few of Nova's favorite spots!
The inspiration behind the account
Her mission of getting to know the city beyond the "popular and well known" is very similar to why NativX began. With so many amazing spots in the city, it can be so overwhelming to find where you want to go. In Nova's case, she printed out a list of the coffee shops and set out to explore them all. She's reporting back after each visit to let us know which ones she loves and will be returning to!
A big thank you is in order for Nova taking one for the team and letting us know the go-to spots!
Why the philly coffee scene?
While Nova's bank account may not approve, we are all very grateful for her costly caffeine addiction. She's able to blaze the trail of what seems like an endless list of Philly coffee shops and give us the truth about each of them.
For the love of people watching
If someone tells you they don't enjoy people watching can you really trust anything else they say? Now we've heard of some great people watching stories and techniques, but to make up entire dialogues about their conversations is taking it to another level... and we love it!!
That is one of the true beauties of "coffee shop culture". In a constantly connected world of emails, texts, and tweets, a coffee shop is a place where Nova chooses to unplug and just escape for a little while. It's like a reality TV show where she controls the script!
Why you need to follow @CoffeeandPhilly right now
Nova wants @coffeeandphilly to be an honest interrpretation of the coffee scene in Philly. Follow along to get the truth about these great places around the City of Brotherly Love!
Make sure to check out her Native Profile to keep up to date on her favorite spots!
What I like most about this place is the airy and openness of the “house”.
There are multiple choices for seating from picnic style tables for studying, sofas for lounging and banquets for you and maybe a few friends.
For novice drinkers the menu board is both informative and simple: coffee, coffee + milk, or not coffee. I enjoyed my stay here.
If comics are your thing, then your search will end here. This place is very artsy and cool.
I love the decor that incorporates primary colors for the super-comfy seating area. It’s easy to get sucked right into the vortex of amazing comic characters.
Make sure to follow @coffeeandphilly on Instagram and download NativX to get more awesome tips from Natives!
Whether she's cracking a cold one at the top of a mountain after a long hike or meeting other craft beer lovers, Brooke Gwinner (@brookeitlist) has learned to appreciate the art and taste of a good beer.
Philly coffee has been in the news recently for all the bad reasons, but Philly has some amazing coffee shops that are local and make you feel at home. Thankfully we have Claire, one of our Philly Coffee Natives that runs Philly Immersion, a coffee blog detailing her experiences visiting a new coffee shop every week.
We talked with Philly Native, Caitlin Cherkin, the owner of the popular Instagram account Philly Brunch Babe (@PhillyBrunchBabe). This brunch aficionado that doubles as a lawyer, has dialed into the Philly brunch world, committed to finding the hottest spots around, and sharing it with you!
We were lucky to learn from Kelly and Cam, the masterminds behind the account Philly Beer Couple (@phillybeercouple), scouring all over Philly to find the best local beers. They are on a mission to stay on top of what’s going on in the Philly Beer community. If you're looking for them, there’s a good chance they’ll either be in a brewery or at home trying out a new beer they’re excited about.
Growing up, the thought of becoming a vegan never crossed Emily Dean's mind. Emily is the passion behind the popular vegan Instagram account PhillysPlantPlate. In fact, growing up a meat eater, she thought you were crazy to be vegan, but as she learned more about the health benefits of veganism, she said it was an easy switch to make!
If you ask any coffee lover, they'd tell you coffee is more than just a way to stay awake in the morning. It comes with an experience attached. Spending an entire day at a coffee shop is now a perfectly acceptable way to spend a Sunday. For Claire Sibley, the owner of Philly Immersion, coffee has been her way to experience Philly.
2017 has been a great year, let's see where the NativX family spent their time and get some inspiration for where to go in 2018!
If you're like most, the weekend comes around and your special someone wants to be wined and dined, but the question is always where to go. This list summarizes the 7 most-saved date spots in Philly by NativX app users. There are some real winners you need to try in 2018!
We talked with Philly Instagram personality Philly Foodies about the inspiration for starting the account, what get's her up in the morning, and her top spots in Philly right now!
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