Nomad Office // The Monkey and the Elephant

People. This is my favorite coffee shop in Philadelphia. Truly.

It checks every box for coffee shop perfection. It has become my go-to spot in the city, and I'm excited to share it with anyone who will listen.

Here it is.

The Monkey & The Elephant // Brewerytown

2831 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

First, it includes all of the things I wanted to find in a coffee shop:

  • free WiFi
  • tasty beverages, with the option for almond milk
  • seriously delicious treats (try the fig and cheese panini -- it's incredible)
  • a relaxed environment

Also, you know I love a variety of seating options. My favorite spot is at the table right by the big window, pictured above.

But sometimes I get hot/cold and want to move to a comfy chair, or on a nice day sit outside (and still get consistent WiFi).

Seriously, can we discuss this outdoor space?

More awesome than all of my coffee shop needs being perfectly met, though, is the story of this neighborhood cafe. The Monkey and the Elephant is actually a non-proft which helps former foster youth build life and work skills to transition successfully to independence and adulthood.

I'm so grateful this amazing space exists in our community.

Hey, thanks // Mr. Savino

I'm so happy my mom sent me this tiny feature on Mr. Savino today. His class was one of the best I've ever taken, college included, and I'll never forget how happy I was to be in his windowless room every day. It was a competitive one to get into; I lucked out in the rostering lottery, having just started at Hermitage after moving across the country and knowing no one. That was tough for a tenth grader, and 20th Century History was one reason to be excited about going to school every day.

I still have my notebook from Savino's class, its pages absolutely loaded. I remember specific lessons and activities and lectures and the way moved around the room, loved the Beatles, and made epically enormous lists of talking points on the green chalkboard. When I think of people who inspired me to go into teaching, Savino immediately comes to mind. I love that younger generations still get to have his class to grapple with big ideas, ask important questions, and most importantly, love learning.