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With Philadelphia’s many colleges and universities wading in-person classes and going through seasons in between, the study is back. But just because you can reserve a spot deep on library shelves or camp out at Starbucks doesn’t mean you should.
Science says that changing your location in the middle of the workflow can increase productivity and turn a day of differential equations and final jobs into an adventure. Nicknamed the “cafeteria effect, “The idea that certain locations can improve memory It has been around since the 1970s. Apparently, our brains like to make associations between new information and novel environments.
Our solution? Make studying an excuse to explore the city beyond the campus borders.
Here are some of the best options for parks, co-working spaces, and off-the-beaten-path cafes that double as study spaces and can also help you get to know some of Philadelphia’s quintessential places.
129 S. 30th St. (University City)
Hours: 7 am to 10 pm Mon. – Thursday; 7 a. M. A 11 p. M. Fri. – I felt; 7 am to 9 pm Sun.
Head to this not-so-secret rooftop park nestled 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 Philadelphia skyline and greasy ballpark-style meals courtesy of Sunset Social.
Want to relax after pulling out a differential equations sheet? Head down to The charge, a more exclusive version of Dave & Busters featuring waffle fries, wings and syrupy sweet margaritas.
3675 Market St. (University City)
Hours: from 9 am to 4 pm Mon. – Thursday
Part of Science Center of the University City, Quorum is a free coworking space where Penn and Drexel students can mingle with startup founders – think of WeWork with an innovation bent. Take a break to study at the Elixir coffee in the lounge or participate in a question and answer session with technology investors to learn about risk capital (whatever it is).
4435 Baltimore Ave. (West Philadelphia)
Hours: 7 a. M. At 5 p. M. Mon. – Fri. ; 8 a. M. At 6 p. M. Sat – Sun
That started like a mobile coffee shop now a specialty roastery with a brick and mortar location steps from Clark Park, making it the perfect place pre-farmer market pit stop. Spread out your organic chemistry homework on one of your large tables alongside a tasty beverage, like your turmeric-flavored golden latte or a honey-sweetened habanero coffee.
1 row boathouse (Fairmount)
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm Tuesday. – I sat down. ; 8 am to 7 pm Sun
This cider house-bar-cafe marks the beginning of Boathouse Row, a National historic site along the Schuylkill packed with houses for the college crew and plenty of charm from the coastal elite. To make the most of your trip to the river, grab a loaded bagel to catch up on your reading on a bench in the water.
2831 W. Girard Ave. (Brewerytown)
Hours: 7 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday. – Sun.
This nonprofit cafeteria employs youth who grew up in the foster care system, and the sales fund a professional development program focused on developing problem-solving skills and team building. An additional bonus? Their backyard is covered in mind-blowing murals, so you’re basically working at an art museum.
2100 Fairmount Ave. (Fairmount)
Hours: 7 a. M. At 5 p. M. Mon. – Fri. ; 7:30 a. M. At 5 p. M. Sat – Sun
Come to their Fairmount location for in-depth work and pastry delights ranging from small whoopie cakes to moist tahini cake. Then, spend the day exploring the residential side of Philadelphia’s restaurant district with drinks at Urban room and a night of healthy Halloween fun at Eastern State Penitentiary, the former horror house Behind the Walls.
Looking for a quick bite instead? Head to the smaller OCF locations near Rittenhouse Square and at Point Breeze.
5901 Wayne Ave. (Germantown)
Hours: 7 a. M. At 5 p. M. Mon. – Fri. ; 8 a. M. At 5 p. M. Sat – Sun
Unlike Ultimo’s other 4 locations downtown, their outpost in Germantown bakes their cakes in-house, so customers here get the first few details on things like Thai tea cake and brownies. salted caramel. Make a day of your trip to the city limits by consulting Morris Arboretum, an extensive nature and plant reserve that is free to students at the University of Pennsylvania.
5445 Germantown Ave. (Germantown)
Hours: Monday from 7 am to 1 pm; From 7 to. M. A 7 p. M. From Tuesday to Friday; Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm; Sunday from 8 a. M. At 6 p. M.
Author-activist property Marc Lamont Hill, Uncle Bobbie makes coffee “in a way that doesn’t seem like an episode of Friends. “A space focused on the black community, the café and the bookstore sells a mix of young adult fiction and anti-racist literature, espresso and, yes, sweet potato pie.
620 S. 9th St. (Bella Vista)
Hours: 7 a. M. At 8 p. M. Every day
Unlike the rest of the coffee shops on this list, Chapterhouse constantly stays open late, making it the ideal place for a midterm school marathon. The space also functions as an art gallery, with its most recent exhibition highlighting works by Laura K. Murdoch and My maximin.
Columbus Blvd. (Delaware Coast)
Hours: from 7 am to 11 pm
Open for the rest of the fall, this pier overlooking the Delaware and Camden coastline is ideal for an outdoor study date and a short walk to all the must-visit tourist attractions in your freshman year: Liberty Bell, Elfreth’s Alley and the BlueCross RiverRink.