Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge languorous fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets with the handsome tobacconist sipping an espresso mysteriously in the corner. Caffeinate and mentally rendezvous with today's Groupon. For $10, you get $20 worth of coffee, sandwiches, salads, and pastries at Capriccio Café and Espresso Bar. Credited with establishing a café culture in Philadelphia more than 20 years ago, this 16th Street brew-doir is one of the area's longest-running locally owned and operated brands.
Perch like a provocative peacock under scarlet-hued umbrellas studding the expansive patio during the summer months, or retreat inside and cozy up with a hazelnut cappuccino ($3.90/medium). Capriccio offers a full drink menu that doesn't discriminate against temperature, only extraterrestrials. Enjoy lattes ($3.50/med.), mochas ($3.90/med.), and chai tea ($3.35/med.) served hot or cold, flavored or unflavored. If the taste of a Ghirardelli mocha frappe ($4/med.) only brings back memories of the last time you ordered a Ghirardelli mocha frappe, time travel your taste buds further back to childhood with steamed milk flavored with your syrup of choice. A vanilla-seasoned cup is just like drinking liquid marshmallows ($3.35–4.20). Breakfast treats—including crumb cake ($2.25), yogurt loaves ($2.50), and danishes ($2.75)—call out enticingly from their glass case like the three Sirens at the Philadelphia Zoo. Lunch eats include crisp salads ($6 and up), plus grilled panini and regular sandwiches ($5 and up).
Besides being a freelancer's best excuse for getting out of the house, cafés can serve as a home away from home for the fiscally absentminded when a neglected utility bill shuts off their electricity. And unlike post offices and dry cleaners, loitering in the public space of a cafe will only work in your favor, giving you the intriguing air of an enigmatic artist or a bike messenger that's trying to get fired. Catch up with old friends, conduct business meetings, or enjoy a gabby buzz and a bite with today's Groupon. Capriccio is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Valid only at the 16th Street location.
- They've reprised the panini, espresso, coffee and sweets from the original location in the Warwick Hotel at 17th and Locust, but now boast expanded food options (Bassett's ice cream!) and Wireless Internet, as well. Outdoor seating across from Love Park in friendly weather goes along with the city's plan to transform the Parkway into a thriving commercial strip. – Philadelphia City Paper