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Get to know your neighbors

Good People. Great Coffee.

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At the heart of Social House
is people. And we love how
coffee connects us.

Gather here.


Get To Know
Your Neighbors

The Social House, Eatery & Cafe famously known since 2005 as La.Va Cafe is located in high-traffic South Street in Philadelphia, historically known for its bohemian, punk and generally alternative vibe.

In 2005, what was formerly a South Street Blues Bar was transformed into La.Va Cafe. By partnering with La Colombe, sourcing from local producers and a focus on guest experience, the cafe and eatery is a popular for locals and Philadelphia tourists to gather for coffee, bites and conversation.

Since its inception, the Social House Eatery & Cafe is a destination for the alternative South Street community and the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

Patrons and first time guests at the Social House Eatery & Cafe can expect a cozy local neighborhood vibe, sip delicious single origin coffee or tasty blends from La Colombe and nibble on delicious bites from local food purveyors.


Throw A Party Here

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Coffee Rituals

Social House Eatery & Cafe offers locals and coffee travel connoisseurs a place to kick-start their day with fresh single origin coffee or blends from La Colombe. Guests can choose to pair their morning or afternoon caffeine with fresh bites made daily.

Our space is like your cozy living room at home. Like our coffee, the conversation and storytelling is curious, collaborative and rich among our patrons and guests. Creatives, makers and innovators from different life paths share their stories and ideas over espressos, lattes and our world-famous burekas.

“Get to know your neighbors” is centric to our coffee ritual at Social House Eatery & Cafe, so come on in, we’re excited to meet you!


"Burekas the new pretzel."

— Philadelphia Magazine


We Cater

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The Story

Daniela has a head for business and a hands for baking. By day she uses her left brain to lead a manufacturing group in a food company and by night she uses her right brain to cook up all of the delicious new baked treats at Social House. Daniela has had a passion for baking for as long as she can remember. She even turned her passion into a side catering business. She loves the challenge of turning someones rough idea for a wedding cake into a beautiful reality. When she and Rory started thinking about buying a small business, the idea of a cafe where she could use both her business knowledge and passion for baking was a no brainer.

Rory paid his way through college managing a group of espresso bars. Once he finished college he went to work for a big company running special events. His passion for entertaining started while watching his mother throw beautiful dinner parties. Rory’s keen eye for detail landed him numerous awards for his events and write ups in Wedding Bells magazine along with a few other hospitality industry publications. Rory made a move to a corporate job but always felt something was missing. When helping friends with events and throwing parties at home was no longer enough, he started to consider making a move. One day he and Daniela had the idea to buy a little space that they could make their own and combine their passions. That is how Social House began.

Daniela and Rory met while working and became fast friends. The two eventually chased cities together. What started as a temporary work assignment in a different city has turned into the duo living together for 8 years and adopting two dogs. You will often see the friends out and about in the city, dogs in tow of course.