the coffee diaries | elixr

On my last blog (may it rest in peace in some cyberspace abyss), I had a series called the 'coffee diaries,' which was perhaps my favorite little series ever. So in honor of starting afresh here on Anticipation, I present to you my all-time favorite city cafe. Philadelphians, rejoice if you love latte art as much as I do - because Elixr, right off of Walnut Street, is probably the coolest cafe on the block, packed with barista talent and passion.

You'll walk into Elixr and see a dozen little illuminated Macbooks with people perched over them, typing away or in a musical trance with earbuds plugged in. Each person seems to have a fascinating story. But they all have a delicious, beautifully crafted coffee by their hands. Elixr ranks highest in my coffee diaries criteria, which combines atmosphere + service + of course, quality of the coffee (but let's be real, I only get espresso). The atmosphere is just so hipster-cool. Terrariums float over the industrial-style wooden floor and steps, and at the counter, you'll see all of those neat coffee gizmos that only the baristas know how to work. I sure don't.

I found Elixr through someone's recommendation; a perfect stranger, actually. He was a delightful cashier at Kitchen Kapers, and I am forever grateful to him for leading me to my all-time favorite cafe. Since then my sisters got me a little gift card to Elixr for my birthday this year, and every once in a while when I go into the city I make a point to grab a latte. Maybe I'll see you there :)

ciao, xo

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  1. So many things to love about this post! I actually haven't been to elixr, but it's going to have to happen next time I'm back in Philly. Also, I heart kitchen kapers - they give the best advice. Did the man happen to be a middle aged man? Because there's a middle aged man there who has schooled me on so much! Ha! I also love that you're continuing on with your coffee diaries. Philly has such a great coffee scene, and it makes me happy to see you bringing it to the forefront.

  2. I'll just have to add this to my Philly to-do list!

  3. Hey Taylor- you have a lovely blog! Thank you for all of the kind words over at Into the Woods! Off to find out how to follow you now :) Alex


  4. I've never even heard of elixir, but I'm so excited to stop by next time I'm back in Philly!