Northern Liberties

The neighborhood that connects Old City to Fishtown

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The Schmidt's Commons in Northern Liberties Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia
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Northern Liberties has shed the label “up-and-coming” and undoubtedly arrived. This former manufacturing district first started turning heads in the early ’90s when a progressive, artist-heavy flock migrated north from Old City, lured by the neighborhood’s inherent charm and affordable studio space.

The commingling of like-minded residents and entrepreneurs led to a quirky network of bars, restaurants and boutiques within neighborhood limits — Girard Avenue and Callowhill Street north and south, the Delaware River and 6th Street east and west. Already a hotbed of development, NoLibs’ value further increased with creation of ambitious mixed-use complexes such as The Schmidt’s Commons that reimagined overlooked industrial bones. Long established as a force, NoLibs exerts an economic and cultural influence on surrounding neighborhoods as well.


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NoLibs easily stands as one of Philly’s best neighborhoods for dining and drink. Its walkable layout, top-notch bars and authentic international eateries offer no shortage of options. The area also boasts some of the city’s most popular bruncheries. Craft-beer lovers continue to enjoy NoLibs’ bar scene, and now cocktail connoisseurs can join in the revelry with top-shelf offerings popping up around town.

NoLibs has always been home to a fantastic retail lineup, a personality that’s persisted throughout 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.

Getting Here

Traveling to and exploring Northern Liberties can be done in a variety of ways. Spring Garden Street and Columbus Boulevard provide access from highways. SEPTA serves the area with two Market-Frankford Line stops and a trolley line. However, the ubiquitous bike racks reveal how locals tend to travel.

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Standard Tap in Northern Liberties   — Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia



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