Another favorite place of mine in Northern Liberties/Fish Town is Arbol Cafe, a small Paraguay cafe owned by a very friendly couple. It’s quietly tucked away on a side street, you can have a relax afternoon here sipping Yerba Mate Tea.
The warm and homely interior is lovely!
The first time I was there, they just finished baking these chocolate chips cookies. A regular customer walked in and bought loads of them. They must be good then right? I got one and BOY it’s SO GOOD! It taste perfectly homemade, the texture is chewy and melty with crispy surface. It’s not too buttery nor sweet either~~ I didn’t see them again the next few times I went.
The Paraguay version of Sandwich de Lomito: soft roll, thin hand cut steak, turkey ham, broken egg, lettuce, tomato , cheese & mayo. It’s sorta the South American version of burger. Oh it’s so delicious! Simple, fresh and very tasty. The steak is tender and meaty~ How can something so simple be SO GOOD (yet you don’t find something like it often available, despite the ordinary ingredients)!
I also tried the mate tea (not in photo), it taste very smokey. You can make multiple cups from one small bag.
They also have a garden patio seatings. Low key, friendly and it’s not-just-another-coffee-house, I’d love to chill out here everyday. They played good music too (indie rock). I just love this area so much, there’s a hip bowling alley nearby.
209 Poplar Street, Philadelphia PA 19123