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What do you call a perpetually “up-and-coming” neighborhood once it’s permanently arrived? A foregone conclusion, at least in the case of Northern Liberties. This former manufacturing district first started turning heads in the early ‘90s, when a progressive, artist-heavy flock, lured by cheap studio space, began migrating north from Old City.

The commingling of likeminded residents and entrepreneurs begat a quirky network of bars, restaurants and boutiques within neighborhood limits (Girard Avenue and Callowhill Street north and south, the Delaware River and Sixth Street east and west). Already a hotbed of enviro-friendly construction, NoLibs’ value was further boosted by the additions of Liberties Walk and the Piazza at Schmidts, ambitious mixed-use complexes that reimagined overlooked industrial bones. Long established as a force, NoLibs has become an economic and cultural influence on the neighborhoods around it.

Restaurants and Dining

NoLibs is easily one of Philly’s best neighborhoods for eating, given its walkable layout, top-notch bars and authentic, exciting international options. It’s also has some of the city’s most popular bruncheries.


Craft beer lovers have always been fond of NoLibs’ bar scene, but more and more options are popping up for cocktail fiends, too.


NoLibs has always been home to a left-of-center retail lineup, a personality that’s persisted throughout the its evolution from up-and-comer to Philly frontrunner. The neighborhood’s artistic daredevilry, meanwhile, has been bolstered by exciting real estate opportunities for gallery owners.

Green Spaces

Northern Liberties’ green identity is relatively new, with intrepid neighborhood groups increasing plantings every day.

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North Bowl in Northern Liberties North Bowl in Northern Liberties

North Bowl

It’s not just about bowling at this Northern Liberties hotspot

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Silk City Silk City

Silk City

Part diner, part bar and part dance club

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Standard Tap Standard Tap

Standard Tap

Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”

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Piazza at Schmidts Piazza at Schmidts

The Piazza at Schmidts

A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries

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Liberties Walk Liberties Walk

Liberties Walk

Breathe in the fresh air and browse the shops

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Edgar Allan Poe House Edgar Allan Poe House

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

The house where Poe wrote and published some of his greatest tales

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