Northern Liberties, located in the 19123 zip code, spans from Callowhill Street to the south to Girard Avenue in the north. Stretching from east to west, the neighborhood encompasses the Delaware River Waterfront to North Sixth Street.
To live in Northern Liberties is to be next door to some of the city’s most popular recommendations for dining out.
Neighborhood brunch outpost Green Eggs Cafe elevates expectations for French toast with tiramisu French toast and hearty “Kitchen Sink” hash. Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat, meanwhile, dishes out its famous “breakfast bomb”: a giant pancake stuffed with meat, potatoes and scrambled eggs. Silk City rounds out a plentiful brunch lineup with a menu of salads and mix of breakfast staples like eggs benedict – while doubling as a nightlife hub for late-night dancing and concerts.
Elsewhere, for dinner, Bardot takes taste buds to a new dimension with the Chorizo Lamb Burger, while Cantina Dos Segundos kills cravings for tacos, enchiladas and guac. If Tex Mex is more your speed, Ortlieb’s offers a full menu while entertaining with a rotating selection of musical acts – harkening back to the club’s legacy as a prominent jazz club in 20th-century Philadelphia nightlife.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, a commercial-residential complex that functions as an active community space, continues to attract go-tos for drinks and casual bites. At Urban Village brewpub, indulge in well-executed pub fare – think: pizza and pork belly sandwiches – by fire pits that speckle the mammoth open-air patio. Or, for a quick-but-quality meal during weeknights or before a night out, Wahlburger’s, an upstart from brothers Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, whips up hearty double burgers, sloppy joes and more for meat-eaters – plus, portobello or haddock sandwiches to accommodate the full spectrum of diets.
Beer and cocktail lovers can rejoice inside the multi-room Standard Tap, a pioneer in supporting the city’s craft beer movement that’s built into a rehabbed house and functions as a sort of “Cheers” dropbox for the neighborhood.
Northern Liberties is historically known for its collection of factories and churches from 19th-century life in Philadelphia; a stroll starting from Third Street and Fairmount Avenue will offer a glimpse of landmark churches like the Salem German Reformed Church and, slightly to the east, St. John’s Church – one of the oldest churches in Philadelphia.
While the Piazza offers a convenient location for outdoor activity and sports-watching courtesy of a giant projector, Liberty Lands park complements as the perfect place to retreat with a dog or make memories with kids on the playground.
And, for the more active among us, North Bowl functions an expansive 17-lane bowling alley ideal for work and birthday parties. Go Vertical Indoor Rock Gym – the largest facility of its kind on the East Coast – rounds out the options with the high-intensity thrills of nature in an urban setting.
Kids who attend the Philadelphia School District attend the General Philip Kearny school for kindergarten through eighth grade, while Benjamin Franklin High School serves students in ninth through twelfth grades. Located on N. 4th Street, the Bodine High School for International Affairs offers a college-preparatory education focused on developing informed citizens and future leaders.
Within the boundaries of the neighborhood is the Laboratory Charter School of Communications and Languages, a charter school founded in 1997 to teach students multiple languages and tailor coursework for a globalized society.
For groceries, regional supermarket Acme is planted next to The Piazza. Inside the Piazza, during one weekend per month, neighbors can peruse local produce, art pieces and jewelry from area artisans as part of a “Makers Market” – while sipping on an adult beverage at a pop-up beer garden, no less.
A CVS and Rite Aid just south, located on and near Spring Garden Street, exist for pharmacy pick-ups and weeknight restocks on food and hygiene items.
Chic Petique and Doggie Style fill pet needs, while florists, clothing boutiques and more stock up Girard Avenue, Germantown Avenue and Second Street for more leisurely shopping.
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