Originally an industrial area, Northern Liberties’ former warehouses, modest rowhouses and grand 19th-century buildings have been reclaimed by artists and inventive developers, making it the go-to destination for the creative class. It is home to many of the city’s trendiest and friendliest bistros, vintage shops and record stores.
1. Housed in a high-ceilinged, brick-walled space, Rebel Rock Bar & Bites is a popular live-music venue and watering hole — and it’s the only restaurant in Philadelphia with tableside draft-beer service!
2. The neighborhood is also home to many unique entertainment venues such as Grasso’s Magic Theatre, Philadelphia’s only full-time performance space for the magic arts and variety.
3. Try one of the town’s best brunch spots. Don’t miss Honey’s Sit ’n Eat Deep South-inspired, Breakfast Bomb or Green Eggs Café’s signature Red Velvet pancakes.
4. On weekends, the Piazza at Schmidt’s — a 30,000-square-foot space inspired by ancient Italian courtyards — draws live bands, food trucks and other events. It also hosts a year-round Saturday farmers’ market.