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The Schmidt's Commons

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

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Overview

Since the days of William Penn, Philadelphia’s five original squares have been prized places to rest and relax outside.

And now, The Schmidt’s Commons — affectionately designed and named after Rome’s famous piazzas — gives Philadelphians and visitors a new place to hang out outside.

Located in Northern Liberties, The Schmidt’s Commons is a beautifully landscaped, 80,000 square-foot, open-air plaza with free events year round, surrounded by three buildings including 35 artists’ studios, boutiques and restaurants.

The Commons includes with a 800-square-foot stage and a high-definition, 400-square-foot Daktoniks LED screen, making the space a hive of activity all year long with free festivals, concerts, dance performances and live broadcasts of sporting events.

The Experience

Some of the unique artisans, shops and boutiques surrounding The Schmidt’s Commons include Creep Records, where music lovers find vinyl, cassette tapes and CDs; Beautiful Blooms florist and event designs; Street Tails Animal Rescue; and The Towne Barker, a doggy day care and boarding facility.

While alcohol is prohibited within the Commons itself, several surrounding restaurants and bars offer plenty of opportunities to get a drink or two.

On-site eateries range from El Camino Real, a lively Mexican cantina, to Asian hot spot Hikari Sushi, to Urban Village Brewing Company, a concept that pairs craft beer with brick oven pizza.

 

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