If you’re a coffee person looking for a new apartment, the proximity to your favorite frappuccino chains and trendy cafés is as important a factor in your apartment hunt as closet size and water pressure.
Rent.com ran the numbers and uncovered the best apartments in Philadelphia for coffee lovers. We mapped out all of the places important to java devotees in Philly – coffee and tea retailers, coffee shops, cafes and more – and assigned weighted proximity ratings to every apartment in the city.
Here are the top 10 Philadelphia apartment buildings for coffee addicts.
10. The Windsor Apartments
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The Windsor is a distinctive semi-cylindrical 12-story mid-rise in the Logan Square neighborhood, smack-dab in the middle of the south end of the stately Benjamin Franklin Parkway (between the UAE and Ukrainian flags, for those in the know). The building, which also contains a full hotel and extended-stay suites, features newly renovated, unfurnished studio and one-bedroom apartments.
For that coffee fix, hop right across the Parkway to the trendy Capriccio Cafe and its beautiful outdoor seating in the middle of Cret Park. And for a no frills cup and a bagel, Cherry Café is right next door in the lobby of the Drexel Nursing School.
9. 1500 Locust
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1500 Locust is a 30-story high-rise above a 10-level parking garage, just south of City Hall in the Rittenhouse Square East neighborhood. The building dates back to the mid-’70s and is just steps from the Broad Street artery.
The units contain details like cherry cabinets, tile flooring in the living areas and Berber carpeting in the bedrooms, full-size washers and dryers and a homey balcony overlooking Center City. The building features a rooftop lounge with caterer’s kitchen, heated indoor pool with aqua aerobics classes, a 90-inch television in the media lounge and a posh outdoor sundeck with private cabanas.
For a quick caffeine hit, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts both share the block with the building. And just a few steps down towards Spruce Street are Rival Bros Coffee Bar and Monk’s Café, a gastropub that also serves a great cup of coffee.
8. 1501 Locust
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Right across the street is 1501 Locust, a modern luxury apartment building with wide and sunny one- and two-bedroom open floor plan apartments. The building opens onto 15th Street, bustling with shops and downtown offices. The units are billed as modestly priced for the area and the modern amenities.
Nearby, you’ll find pour-overs at Elixr Coffee Roasters and famous chocolatier Max Brenner’s Philadelphia hot chocolate bar which can also chocolate-up your espresso or latte. For a fabulous authentic experience, Tuscany Café Broad Street is just a half a block away.
7. The Beacon
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The gorgeous The Beacon is a brand-new modern high-rise on the former site of Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest private bank in America. The building offers one- and two-bedroom units, spacious high ceilings, a rooftop terrace and resort-style amenities.
Caffeinated offerings nearby include Shakespeare & Co., a two-story bookstore and reading room with a gourmet coffee bar, a new Capital One Café bank and coffee bar combo featuring Peet’s Coffee and Federal Donuts, where you must have an order of fried chicken and donuts with your Federal Blend coffee.
6. Griffin Center City
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Literally just steps from City Hall, Griffin Center City is a posh Broad Street “Beaux-Arts” style building that dates back to 1897. The newly renovated address sits right in the heart of the Avenue of the Arts, and features an indoor/outdoor rooftop clubroom with a game room, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and golf simulator surrounding the views over Billy Penn.
Take a load off with a mug of coffee and watch the crush of municipal employees stream in and out with their to-go cups at Market East haunts like Parliament coffee shop, Passero’s Coffee Roasters inside the Wannamaker Building, Bluestone Lane café or just the Dunkin’ on the corner. Have some coffee after dinner, too, without even leaving the building, with the Capital Grille steakhouse and Lucky Strike bowling alley and lounge right downstairs.
5. 1401 Walnut St.
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Just a block down Broad Street’s Avenue of the Arts, 1401 Walnut sits at one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the city. Snuggled gently between the historic Union League of Philadelphia and the landmark century-old The Bellevue Hotel, 1401 contains just 36 units but boy, are they big, from 1,000 to 2,500 square feet with towering 13-foot ceilings.
When the java urge strikes, you could grab a cup of coffee right downstairs at Morton’s Steakhouse, or just cross the street to the Wawa like a real Philadelphian.
For a real treat, head two blocks over into the heart of the Gayborhood to Green Eggs Café for outstanding La Colombe coffee and delicious espressos, cappuccinos and lattes with your brunch.
4. The Harper
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Who wouldn’t want to live in a building right above a Target? That’s what you get with the brand new The Harper in Rittenhouse Square West. The Harper occupies the space above the former Boyd Theatre, an iconic roaring ’20s-era movie palace that operated on the site for 75 years and extends to the intersection over the Rittenhouse Target. This high-end high-rise offers sleek, modern units and amenities like an indoor basketball court, private underground parking garage with elevator right to your floor and a 10,000-square-foot private park with access to a below-street-level pool, spa and deck.
When it’s time for a coffee break, head just down the block to the quaint Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar, a vintage-style café off the beaten path. Whether in sun or snow, there’s nothing like a stroll through Rittenhouse Square park, coffee in hand, so pick one up at one of the many chains on the way like Saxby’s, Joe Coffee Company, the Starbucks in the Barnes & Noble or grab a smooth draft latte at La Colombe.
3. The Arch
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We won’t blame you if you get a touch of vertigo standing in the shadows of The Arch apartments, as the building is surrounded by three of Philadelphia’s six tallest buildings – Three Logan Square (formerly the Bell Atlantic Tower), the Comcast Center and the Comcast Technology Center, the 10th highest in America.
Don’t let the 16-story tower’s classical renaissance architecture fool you. Inside, the units are rich and modern, flooded with natural light and full of high-end finishes. The Arch promotes a sense of community among residents, holding events such as wine tastings and movie nights in the posh lobby lounge, as well as a giant television viewing area big enough to have your friends over for all the big games.
For a cup of elegant Joe, pop just around the corner to gourmet Di Bruno Bros. Parkway location and their outstanding nitro cold brew coffee. Or grab a smooth cup where the powerful Center City business people sip, including James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick’s Vernick Coffee Bar inside the Comcast Technology Center, inside the original Comcast Center location of the 100-year old Termini Brothers or at Passero’s Coffee Roasters inside SEPTA’s Suburban Station.
2. 1700 Chestnut Street
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If high-end but quaint is more your style, the apartments at 1700 Chestnut fits the bill. Located in the building that was luxury department store Bonwit Teller once upon a time, 1700 Chestnut’s boutique feel is augmented with sophisticated touches and spacious floor plans. The small building’s amenities also match the picturesque atmosphere, with boutique hotel-style facilities including a charming outdoor terrace, movie room, fitness center, gaming area and catering kitchen.
The coffee options in your neighborhood abound, with an abundance of chic cafes and coffee shops around the corner including artisanal Italian coffees at Gran Caffe L’Aquila, a taste of Scandinavia at Konditori Swedish espresso bar and the flagship Rittenhouse Di Bruno Bros. location and Chestnut Street Philly Bagels, where you’ll need a big cup of house brew to go with your rainbow bagel.
1. The Sterling Apartment Homes
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For the ultimate Philly caffeine aficionado, you need the ultimate Philly apartment. Nearly everything about The Sterling Apartment Homes screams high-end luxury. The stunning units feature spacious open floor plans, wall-to-wall dark hardwood flooring, smart locks, marble vanities, maple cabinets, granite countertops, upgraded finishes and private balconies with spectacular Center City views available.
The building sits right across the street from the new Comcast Technology Center, so you can sip an iced latte as you recline in the rooftop pool while saluting the office workers in their cubicles towering above you. At The Sterling, you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas to fill up your coffee mug, as both Square One Coffee, which offers tasting events and brewing classes, and Bimini Juice Bar, with a selection of flavored coffees, are right down on the building’s first floor. And across the street in the CTC, the new Vernick Coffee Bar, opened by “the best chef in the mid-Atlantic” Beard Award winner Greg Vernick, serving baked goods, sandwiches, salads and, yes, a gourmet barista counter.
We looked at all apartments in Philadelphia and rated them on the number of coffee-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, coffee shops located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than coffee shops a quarter-mile away. Our coffee-related establishment counts come from commercially available business listings.
The rent information included in this article is based on January 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.