The Philly Restaurant Tote Bags We Love To Carry


The cult of the cotton tote is real — and you can snag these bags for under $30.

An iconic tote bag from the Philadelphia restaurant of Neighborhood Ramen. | Photo by Ian Shiver

The cotton tote, patron saint of schlepping, has recently had an apotheosis, with companies tapping creatives to design bags that reinforce brand identity and make customers feel like part of the team. It’s a fun part of food culture that’s made for social media – we’ll just tag @sally_philadelphia with a bag full of natty wine – and it’s practical too, especially since Philadelphia implemented the ban on plastic bags. We’ve spotted some of Philadelphia’s most iconic totes to expand your collection.

neighborhood ramen

Tote bags are a great conversation starter,” says co-owner Lindsey Steigerwald, and their savage “Slurp it up, Noodle Dude!” Kelly Egan’s design definitely got us talking. Their bags are generously sized, which Lindsey can vouch for, “It’s my favorite for groceries.” Buy one for $16 online or in-store for pickup


Owner Roxxanne Delle Site-Jeronimo says, “When we created our logo, we wanted it to represent the reason we started: our son, Santiago. His line portrait is a sweet nod to the restaurant’s family roots.

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Photo by Matt Scottoline

ReAnimator Coffee Roasters

Recently redesigned by Cat Park with a more impressionistic take on the original “punk” logo, ReAnimator’s all-new tote is bold, roomy, and the bag of choice for Cafe and Marketing Director Matt Scottoline. “I know it’s a bit cheesy, but I like how it looks.” Same. Buy one for $18 online or in store for collection

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Photo by Evan Clancy

fountain bearer

“I had the idea of ​​superNatural drinks, and an alien hand swirling wine next to the funky guy felt good,” barback and cook Seth Rodgers says of his design. “[My tote] works like the back seat of a car when I’m running errands,” which is the shiniest tote we’ve heard. Buy one for $20 with in-store pickup.

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Photo by Ryan Ellis

Tinys bottle shop

They’re playful and candy-colored – and for Tinys, that means tote bags and the wine inside. “Our business partner Mike Parsell came up with the design. He’s an intuitive artist and his design reflects the rambling, unassuming nature of Tinys,” says co-owner Emily Kovach. Buy one for $10 with in-store pickup.

Photo by Adjua Fisher

REAP Mini Mart

“It makes me very proud that people want to represent REAP,” said co-owner Adjua Fisher. The “little health food store” offers a nifty selection of pantry essentials, which is reflected in their cheerful tote, designed by Sara Spicer at Gather Creative. “We wanted something playful and colorful, like our food tends to be.” Buy one for $25 in store for pickup

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Photo by Mat Falco

Herman’s Cafe

Now that Herman’s serves as a cafe and artisan pantry market, you need a tote to bring your Herman’s home. The iconic lawn chair was the brainchild of owner Mat Falco. It was designed by his cousin Mike, which makes sense, since the shop is named after their grandfather. “He was a big fan of just sitting in the garage with the door open,” Falco says.

Friday Saturday Sunday

There’s something cool about a special occasion restaurant that offers merchandise. Owner Hanna Williams’ “love of all things scary” served as inspiration for Merlin Mannelly’s design. “We serve a refined tasting menu,” she says, “but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We would kill to get our hands on it. Buy one for $23 online

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