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Finals season is fast approaching. Van Pelt Library, study lounges, and other nooks on campus will be packed as students gear up to study for exams and write papers. But if your favorite spot has been taken, or if the campus environment is becoming too stressful, there are plenty of off-campus places to study. The Daily Pennsylvanian has gathered the best cafes for studying in University City, West Philadelphia, and Center City. 

University City

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With four locations in Philadelphia, Metropolitan Bakery is well known for its baked goods. It also offers a range of breakfast and lunch options to enjoy in the cozy space. Visit it at 4013 Walnut St.



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At Panera Bread, students can study while eating a meal from the diverse menu. The University City location, which opened this June, is the largest Panera Bread location in Philadelphia. It is located at 200 S. 40th St.

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Saxbys is a social impact company committed to providing opportunities for students and under-resourced youth, according to the company website. Students can stop by at 4000 Locust St., right at the end of campus.



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Tea Do offers food and bubble tea for customers as they study on the spacious desks. Stop by at 3900 Sansom St.

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United By Blue is a coffeehouse and retail store on Penn's campus that offers both breakfast and lunch options. It is an eco-friendly company, with all cups and utensils entirely compostable. The store also offers discounts to customers who bring their own reusable cups. It is located at 3421 Walnut St.



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Walnut Street Cafe offers a wide menu from breakfast to dinner. Its location on the first floor of the FMC tower allows for college students and businesspeople to work there. Find it at 2929 Walnut St.

West Philadelphia

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Milk & Honey Market is a small cafe with bakery, breakfast, and lunch options available all day. The owners are committed to the West Philadelphia area and use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, according to the company website. Visit it at 4435 Baltimore Ave.

Center City

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Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, Capital One Café is a modern space with a number of quiet study areas throughout its two floors. It is located at 135 S. 17th St.

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Kawaii Cat Cafe is named to honor the Japanese kawaii, or "cute," culture that started the cat cafe trend. When you're not studying in the cafe, de-stress by petting adoptable cats in the cat lounge. Visit at 759 S. Fourth St.

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At Shakespeare & Co., a cafe and bookstore, customers can study and browse books. The company originated in New York City and has two locations there, making Philadelphia its only location outside of the Big Apple. It is located at 1632 Walnut St.

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