Northern Liberties is situated to the north of Central City and is bordered by Callowhill Street to the south, Girard Avenue in the north, North 6th Street in the west, and the Delaware River which runs to the east.

In its early history, Northern Liberties attracted such industries as leather tanneries, manufacturing, paints and chemical works, breweries, iron foundries, and tool making factories. These days, however, the neighborhood serves as a haven for design professionals, students, and artists.

A reasonably large jump in property values has recently occurred due to sizable rejuvenation and improvement within the area.

Transport in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

The neighborhood is served by buses, subways, commuter rail services, elevated rail services, and electric trolleybuses, which are all run by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority (SEPTA). The area is connected by Interstate 95 which travels northeast to southwest, and Interstate 76 which travels through the vicinity from the northwest and connects to Interstate 295 just south of the neighborhood.

Things To Do In Northern Liberties

The Piazza at Schmidt’s is located at 1050 N Hancock St which is in the heart of Northern Liberties. A beautifully sculpted 80,000sft Italian multi–purpose Piazza hosting live concerts, a skating rink in winter and several wine and beer festivals. It is the meeting place for the neighborhood. It has retail at ground level including restaurants, galleries and boutiques and luxury apartments above.

There are two privately owned parks in Northern Lights which are open to the public – Orianna Hill Park which is ideal for dog walkers, and Liberty Lands which hosts a playground for the children in addition to expansive walking areas.

The Northern Liberties Food Tour makes for an eventful afternoon for those who have a penchant for varying cuisines. The Food Tour operates between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays and visits five different restaurants and cafes in and around the Piazza area.

The Edgar Allen Poe House at 532 North 7th Street celebrates the six years that the master of the macabre resided in the area. The house, which serves as a museum, is open 9am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday and admission is free of charge.

Places To Eat In Northern Liberties

Among the more reputable places to eat, of which there are many, are Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat at 800 North 4th Street which serves southern style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. They also have a selection of vegan meals available.

For the burger and pub food fan, check out North Third at 801 North 3rd Street. North Third also serves fresh seafood dishes. For those who prefer Spanish, seek out the Bar Ferdinand wine bar at 1030 North 2nd Street. Among the best pizzerias in Northern Liberties is Rustica Pizza at 903 North 2nd Street.

A reputedly excellent Mexican establishment is that of Taco Riendo located at 1301 North 5th Street where you’ll be treated to anything from grilled steak to grilled shrimp, and from vegetarian to vegan. Kids are more than welcome too.


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