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Ray’s Cafe and Teahouse
141 9th Street, Chinatown

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When I think about siphon brewed coffee, images of handlebar mustaches, skinny jeans, and plaid come to mind. Chinatown? Not so much. D and I desperately needed a place to recharge, and since Yelp does not lie…into this cozy establishment we went. Ray’s boasts an impressive line up of beans, including Jamaican Blue Mountain, Hawaiian Royal Kona, and a variety of blends. I selected the Japanese charcoal roast (sumiyaki) and spent the next 30 minutes in a state of caffeinated bliss. The cup and saucer! The chocolate/sprinkle dipped madeline cookie on a doily (sprinkles are key)! The eensy weensy cream pitcher! Here’s the best part…the cream remained untouched because the coffee was that smooth. At $7.50 a cup, I wouldn’t make this a daily habit, but for a pick-me-up experience it was worth every penny.

Ray's Cafe and Teahouse, Philadelphia, PA

 Ray's Cafe and Teahouse, Philadelphia, PA  Ray's Cafe and Teahouse, Philadelphia, PA
Not a java fiend? The bubble tea was perfectly creamy, the tapioca balls just the right amount of chewy. Hungry for more? The food at other tables smelled delectable, and I also hear it’s BYOB. Service is friendly and quick. Give this place a go.

More posts in our 48 Hours in Philly series:

Philly Sips: La Colombe Torrefaction
Philly Sups: Pat’s vs. Geno’s
Philly Stay: Radisson Plaza- Warwick Hotel Philadelphia (Hotel Review)
Philly Sips: Ray’s Cafe and Teahouse
Philly Sips: The Franklin Mortgage Investment Co. 
Philly Sups: Dim Sum Garden

La Colombe Torrefaction
1414 South Penn Sq, Rittenhouse

Pretty mugs at La Colombe Torrefaction

Here’s a review of La Colombe in 10 words: Solid coffee. No menu. Nice baristas. Cool view. Crappy seats. Want to know more? Read on.

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1. Liberty Bell; 2. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; 3. Independence Hall; 4. Love Park; 5. Franklin Institute; 6. La Miel Patisserie

A few weeks ago, Darren and I took a mini-vacation to Philly. Philly is a wonderful city with lots of attitude, history, and gastronomy to boot. In our 48 Hours in Philly series, we’ll cover where to stay and where to go. A full mind and belly are guaranteed!

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