Essene is our go to place for vitamins, supplements, and natural foods. This place is old school veggie, vegan, macro-food. Great vitamin & beauty department here. love the bulk herb section! It is absolutely my favorite. They have everything from parsley to vanilla beans to chamomile.
Mariposa has a great selection of healthy foods. Organic veggies, raw milk, dry goods, even some frozen foods and household products. As with most co-ops, it is on the pricier side if you're not a member. They have a good selection of bulk foods, coffee. Also lots of vegetarian proteins options here, as well as sandwiches and salads.
Go here for raw milk, local greens, and coffee. Green Aisle offers locally sourced foodstuffs, organics, fine foods. This is a place where when you walk in and feel like you're getting a glimpse of our region's fertility...everything from vegetables grown in our soil, bread out of neighbor's ovens, and jerky from our piggies' bellies.
Great gourmet grocery store with all the amenities right in the heart of downtown Philly. Great, spacious gourmet market in Center City. They carry it all, elaborate, fancy cheeses and meats for charcuterie, fresh veggies and fruits, and an extensive pastry and breads assortment accompanied by a coffee bar.This location has full fish, meat, and cheese counters in addition to a bakery, plus all of the typical gourmet/hard-to-find prepared products that makes DiBruno Bros great.
Penzey's is a great resource for spices, herbs, mixtures and flavorings, and it is near the top of the list of spice shops. They have tons of spices, neatly organized, next to large smelling pots of that spice. you can take a whiff, get a feel for what you may buy, and then choose accordingly. Also, their prices are reasonable.
Food & Friends is simply the best if you're looking for craft beer or hard-to-find chocolate. Their selection is great, their staff is friendly, and it's always well-stocked. As you might expect, their prices are a bit steep, but that's to be expected. The shop also doubles as a small grocery store, stocking many gourmet items, which certainly makes it very convenient for those living nearby.
The fruits and vegetables are always fresh and of excellent quality and they carry a fair amount of grains, jellys, jams, and salad dressings. You can also buy an assortment of dried goods (quinoa, rice, couscous, broths, dried fruits, nuts, peanut butter, salad dressings, etc) and fridge staples (milk, eggs, fresh cheeses, yogurt, cured meats, hummus etc.