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With many Philly universities and colleges battling personal classes and attention during their mid-term seasons, schooling is back. But just because you can reserve a spot deep in the heaps of a library or camp at Starbucks doesn’t mean you have to.
Science says switching your location in the middle of a workflow can increase productivity and turn a day of differential equations and class papers into an adventure. called “cafe effectThe idea that certain sites can improve memory was around Since the seventies. Apparently, our brains like to make connections between new information and new atmospheres.
our solution? Turn studying into an excuse to explore the city outside the campus boundaries.
Here are some of our top picks for parks, coworking spaces, and funky cafés that double as study spaces, and can also help you spot some quintessential local Philly spots.
129 S 30th Street (University City)
Opening hours: 7 am to 10 pm. – Thursday. Friday from 7 am to 11 pm. – he sat.; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Head to this not-so-secret rooftop garden sandwiched between the FMC Tower and a luxury apartment complex for a picnic study session before the weather turns cold. There are panoramic views of the Philly skyline, and greasy pitch-style eats courtesy sunset social.
Are you looking to relax after laying out a sheet of differential equations? Head downstairs the post, an upscale version of Dave & Busters that deals in waffle fries, wings and sweet margaritas.
3675 Market Street (University City)
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 4 pm on Mondays. – Thursday.
part of University City Science Center, Quorum is a free co-working space where students from Penn and Drexel can mingle with startup founders – think WeWork with the determination to innovate. Take a study break in elixir coffee In the lounge or enter questions and answers with technology investors to get to know them venture capital (whatever that is).
4435 Baltimore Ave. (West Philly)
Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm. – Friday. ; Saturday 8 am to 6 pm. – the sun.
what started as a mobile café It’s now a specialty roaster with a brick-and-mortar location just steps from Clark Park, making it perfect Pre-Farmers Market Stop. Spread your organic chemistry homework at one of their large tables along with a delicious drink, such as a golden latte spiced with turmeric or a honey-sweetened habanero coffee.
1 Boathouse Row (Fairmount)
Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm Tuesday. – he sat. ; From 8 am to 7 pm Sunday
This ciderhouse-slash-coffee marks the beginning of Boathouse Row, a National Historic Landmarks Site Along the Schuylkill full of college crew homes and plenty of elite coastal charm. To make the most of your trip to the river, grab a bagel to go and continue your reading on a seat on the water.
2831 W. Girard Ave. (Brewerytown)
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. – the sun.
This nonprofit coffee shop employs young people who grew up in the foster care system, with sales funding for a professional development program focused on building problem-solving skills and team building. Extra bonus? The backyard is covered in triple murals, so you’re basically working in an art museum.
2100 Fairmount Ave. (Fairmount)
Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm. – Friday. ; Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – the sun.
Come to their Fairmount location for deep work and delicious desserts that range from mini pancakes to moist tahini cake. Then, spend the day exploring the residential side of Philly’s restaurant district with drinks at urban salon And a fun-filled Halloween night at the Eastern State Penitentiary, and The former home of terrorism behind the walls.
Looking for a quick bite instead? Head to the smaller OCF sites near Rittenhouse Square and at Point Breeze.
5901 Wayne Ave. (Germantown)
Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm. – Friday. ; Saturday 8 am to 5 pm. – the sun.
Unlike the other four Ultimo locations downtown, their Germantown location bakes their pastries in-house, so customers here get starters on things like Thai tea cake and salted caramel. Make a day of your trip to the city limits by checking out Morris ArboretumIt is a sprawling plant and a nature reserve that is free to students at the University of Pennsylvania.
5445 Germantown Street (Germantown)
Opening hours: 7 AM to 1 PM on Mondays; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday; Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm; From 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday
Owned by writer and activist Mark Lamont HillUncle Bobby makes coffee in a way that doesn’t sound like a ring friends. A black-centric, community-centric space, the coffee shop and bookstore sells a mix of fiction for young adults and anti-racist literature, espresso, and—yes—sweet potato pie.
620 9th Street (Bella Vista)
Opening hours: 7 am to 8 pm daily
Unlike the rest of the cafés on this list, Chapterhouse is constantly open late, making it the perfect place for a marathon day of midterms. The space also doubles as an art gallery, with the latest display highlighting works from Laura K. Murdoch And my maximen.
Need a post-study recovery session? Stroll down South Street for shopping and thrift, and cheese slices at Jim or Ishkabibble’sAnd slut happy hour at the daiquiri specialist Fat Tuesday.
Columbus Avenue. (Delaware waterfront)
Working hours: from 7 AM to 11 PM
Open during the remainder of the fall, overlooking the Delaware and Camden waterfront, this pier is great for a date study outdoors and within walking distance of all the must-see attractions in your first year: Liberty Bell, Elfreth’s Alley, And BlueCross RiverRink.