Where to Eat and Drink in Northern Liberties

April 30, 2021

Northern Liberties offers many dining choices for any meal of the day. Start with a coffee or artfully-crafted latte from a cozy local café such as One Shot Coffee & Café or Higher Grounds. For breakfast or brunch, consider Honey’s Sit ’n Eat, a self-proclaimed “Southern Jewish” diner, or neighboring Café La Maude, a French-Lebanese café that was named one of Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in 2021. Breakfast sandwiches are served alongside a menu of baked goods including biscuits, cakes, cookies, and more at Darnel’s Cakes.

Lunch options include North Third, which offers new American cuisine, and Love and Honey Fried Chicken, a soul food joint. Grab dinner and a pint of local craft beer at Standard Tap, one of the city’s first gastropubs, or The Abbaye – both of which offer ample vegan and vegetarian dishes. Seasonal, house made items and plenty of cocktails can be found at Jerry’s Bar, another neighborhood gastropub tucked along Laurel Street. If you’re craving Mexican cuisine, reserve a table at El Camino Real, Cantina Dos Segundos, or Añejo.

For dinner, consider Figo which features both a casual pizzeria and fine dining restaurant side-by-side one another. At Figo Pizzeria, enjoy a menu of traditional pizzas and hoagies served in a fast casual setting. At Figo Restaurante, savor elevated Italian cuisine from Chef Hee “Chino” Chang alongside a curated selection of wine, craft beer, and cocktails — either inside the sophisticated dining room or outdoors on the spacious patio. Another option is SUYA SUYA West African Grill, a fast-casual BYOB on a mission to bring West African fare to a larger American audience. Diners can build a bowl with a protein (suya) like Nigerian yaji-marinated steak, and choose from a variety of bases including traditional jollof rice.

The spacious outdoor patio at Figo Restaurante. Photo by Society Hill Films.

Several breweries call Northern Liberties home, including Philadelphia’s first craft brewery, Yards, which relocated to a larger brewery and tap room at 5th and Spring Garden in 2017.

One of Philadelphia's craft beer pioneers, Yards Brewing Company, relocated to a 70,000 square foot facility along Spring Garden Street in 2017. Photo by E. Cunicelli for PHLCVB.

Occupying Yards’ old space along Delaware Avenue is Craft Hall – Philadelphia’s largest restaurant space – which hosts Mainstay Independent Brewing Company and Lost Bread Co. In the heart of Northern Liberties, Urban Village Brewing Company offers craft beer brewed on-site that pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s brick oven fired pizzas.

Enjoy BBQ-inspired dishes, pizza, and local craft beer at Craft Hall. Photo courtesy of FCM Hospitality.

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