About Essene


For nearly 40 years, Essene Market & Cafe has provided the Philadelphia region with a unique venue for everything that’s natural, wholesome and healthy. We have the area’s largest selection of organically grown produce, a natural foods deli serving mouth watering gourmet delights every day, and an on-site bakery offering tantalizing sweets — all dairy-free and made without refined sugar. (At left: Our original store on South Street.)

Our foods are free of artificial ingredients
(preservatives, colorings, chemicals). Our support of organically grown foods is paramount. We actively support organic and local farmers as well as independently owned cottage industries. We are in support of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) concerns regarding GMO’s and we will not knowingly carry bio-engineered or irradiated products. We do not carry any products that contain refined white sugar, related products or fructose.

Our Cafe (deli and bakery) creates fresh dishes and baked goods daily. All Cafe items are made at the store. Unlike many chain stores, we never have our Cafe deli or baked goods delivered from other sources. All Cafe items are free of animal products and refined sweeteners. We use organic ingredients whenever possible. Our Cafe is truly a unique experience.

Our Vitamin and Beauty Care Department stocks only the best in body care products, supplements and vitamins. Our body care lines are cruelty-free and ozone safe. Supplements, herbs and vitamins contain no artifcial preservatives, flavors or colorings and are not irradiated.

Our Vitamin and Beauty Care staff actively practices and studies the many aspects of natural lifestyle living. We offer friendly product information in a friendly atmosphere. We also sponsor classes and demonstrations in health care and natural cosmetics. Please call or check our web site and monthly emails for a current listing of classes.

Your Community Store

Essene Market & Cafe is now in its fourth decade of offering natural foods and products. Opening in March 1969, Essene is Philadelphia’s first natural foods supermarket! We specialize is customer service. Our knowedgeable, well-trained staff is dedicated to answering your questions and making your shopping experience complete.

We’re in the heart of historic Fabric Row, both physically and metaphorically. We’re deeply committed to the community, and to making our neighborhood a better, healthier place to live and work–as well as insuring that it retains its unique character and history.

Browse this web site for information on our recycling, car share and education programs.