’Tis the Season to eat, shop and be merry! This year, not only is the Shop Penn community bringing you the Fourth Annual SHOP PENN Days of Deals (Dec 4-15) featuring 12 days of sales and giveaways from our collection of eclectic stores and restaurants around campus, we are excited to announce the first-ever SHOP PENN Holiday Window Decorating Contest with shops throughout the district decorating their windows and adding to the festive cheer. Follow SHOP PENN on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@shopsatpenn) for more details.

Check out SHOP PENN PRESENTS to find the perfect gift to purchase locally for your holiday list.

Celebrate the season with a SHOP PENN PLAYLIST of Holiday Happenings around the district.


Avril 50

An eclectic shop for all those who appreciate a premium selection of chocolate, coffee, tea, and cigars alongside no shortage of good reads.

Part coffee shop, part international press, and part purveyor of avant-garde art magazines, postcards, premium cigars, tobacco products, and imported chocolates, Avril 50 needs more than 150 words of marketing copy to do it justice. To truly experience the local landmark, swing over to Samson Street and go introduce yourself to the man behind the counter.

Penn Alumni John Shahidi pulls a mean espresso and has been enchanting the University City community with treasures from his travels for over 30 years. You won’t find anything commonplace here – John specializes in sourcing the atypical, from the vast array of loose leaf teas to the wide variety of obscure magazines from all over the world. Every nook and cranny holds another gem: a to-die-for European chocolate, a cigarette brand you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, a unique collection of cards. Grab your latte and make yourself at home.

A Philadelphia favorite for niche publications and magazines, fine cards and postcards, gourmet coffee and tea, exotic cigars and tobacco products, and imported chocolates and confectioneries
Payment Types
Cash and all major credit cards
Price Range
Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” award-winner, outdoor seating, coffee and news from around the world

Avril 50


3406 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 222-6108
Store hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM