I was so excited when I saw Andrea's schedule for her Show and Tell linkup, and one topic in particular caught my attention. Today is the day I've been waiting for- showing off your hometown! I've been planning and thinking about this post for a while, and I'm really hoping that you all enjoy it! I'm sharing my favorite things in Pittsburgh in a few categories- Eat, Drink, See, Run, Do, and Shop.
I hope that I convince you all to move to (or at least visit) Pittsburgh with this post! I promise- we're more than a dirty old steel town. Just give it a chance!
Southside Works: 2705 S Water St
Hofbrauhaus is by far my favorite restaurant. This is the perfect place to enjoy some great food, lots of beer, and German music. The main beer hall is filled with communal tables and booths where you can watch the game on multiple TVs and listen to live oompah music. Outside is a beer garden which is amazing on a nice day. It's more relaxed and quiet outdoors, so it's perfect for chilling out, and enjoying the beautiful view of the Monongahela river. The location of the restaurant is terrific as well- it is situation on the Southside river trail (which I'll talk about below) and in the fun Southside Works area. After dinner, make sure to walk around the shops, stop in Big Dog Coffee or catch a movie at the theatre.
Oakland: 221 Schenley Drive
If you're looking for a non-chain restaurant, I would recommend The Porch, which is described as a neighborhood bistro in the heart of vibrant, bustling Oakland. I went to this restaurant shortly after it opened and have been back multiple times since, and I've always had an amazing experience at the restaurant. Their pizzas are absolutely incredible, they have an extensive beer and cocktail menu, and it's just a fun place to check out. The location is ideal as well- it's located on Pitt's campus, so after stuffing yourself with pizza you can walk around campus, check out the nearby Carnegie library and museums, or relax in Schenley Plaza (if you stop by in the summer, there's usually yoga and tai chi classes on the plaza!). Right down the street from the Porch is one of my favorite places, Phipps Conservatory, which I talk about below.
Squirrel Hill: 5827 Forbes Ave.
North Side: 1501 Buena Vista St.
There are a lot of coffee shops that I love in Pittsburgh, but Commonplace has taken the top spot. Their drinks are incredible, but I also find their space really aesthetically inspiring. For me, design is almost more important than the taste of the drink itself, and why I continue to visit a certain shop over another. I love the industrial feel of this place, with local art on the walls and an outdoor patio that offers the perfect spot to people watch. Don't get me wrong- their drinks are also incredible! If you're looking for the perfect place to relax and get some Instagram-able latte art- look no further.
Squirrel Hill: 1704-1706 Shady Avenue
Oakland: 1 Schenley Drive
After you're done eating at the Porch (see above) make sure you check out Phipps! This is pretty much a gigantic greenhouse, filled with flowers and plants and beautiful glass sculptures by the incredible Dale Chihuly. Each room in the conservatory has a different theme and feel, and my favorite is the tropical room which is multi-level and filled with waterfalls, tropical flora, and winding paths. I really feel like I'm transported to different countries and time periods as I walk around the exhibits! There are always different exhibits and events going on (the pictures I'm sharing are from the Christmas Lights exhibit), so every time you come back you'll experience something new. This place is a must-visit!
If you've ever seen a picture of Pittsburgh, chances are it was taken on top of Mt Washington. Head up the historic inclines and walk along Grandview Avenue to get breathtaking views of the city. Really though- If you don't Instagram a picture of the three rivers, did you even visit Pittsburgh at all? There are overlooks along the road to give you the perfect spot to get a picture, and splurge-worth restaurants to stop in to really get a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If that's not in your budget, I would recommend checking out Redbeard's or Shiloh Grill.
I absolutely love water, so the three rivers are my favorite features of Pittsburgh. Even better than looking at them is running on along them! Luckily for me (and for you) there are trails that run along all three rivers that are absolutely gorgeous. They all connect to each other in multiple places, which allow for endless miles of running and biking. The Southside Trail (which I mention above) even connects to the Great Allegheny Passage trail that goes all the way to Washington, DC! If that's not enough miles of trails for you- I don't know what to tell you! You can find more information about the trails here!
Riverview, Frick, Highland, and Schenley Park
If river trails aren't your thing, maybe you'll like the parks in Pittsburgh. There are four city parks scattered across the city that all have their own unique feel. Riverview is very remote and quiet filled with amazing trails and a 2 mile paved loop; Frick is the largest and boasts amazing trails and a soon-to-open nature center; Highland has several beautiful fountains and gardens along with the Pittsburgh Zoo; and Schenley is packed with entertainment for everyone- tennis courts, frisbee golf course, ice skating rink, trails, tracks, and more! I would recommend checking out each park to experience the amazing natural side of Pittsburgh. Plus, I just can't pick my favorite! If you want to find out more information about the parks, click here!
The North Shore is a hot spot in Pittsburgh. It's across the Allegheny River from the "Golden Triangle" (aka Downtown) and is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. If you're visiting the city in the summer, a baseball game is a must. The stadium is constantly named the best in the country for its amazing view and great amenities. There are multiple restaurants within walking distance of both stadiums, including the newly opened Burgatory and a Beer Market (tip- bring your own food because they don't serve any). There are other things to do in the area if you're not into sports, like renting a kayak or a bike, or simply walking around and enjoying the beautiful view!
The Strip District is a must-visit neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Here, you'll find some classic Pittsburgh restaurants like Pamela's Diner and Primanti Brothers along with up and coming places like Gaucho (which was named one of Yelp's top 10 places in the U.S. to eat in 2015) and Peace, Love and Little Donuts. Beyond restaurants, the Strip also has family-run shops that sell every food imaginable, and the best and cheapest souvenirs and sports gear to support all of our black and gold teams! The Strip is a landmark for locals and visitors alike, so make sure you stop by as early as possible to beat the rush and take your time checking out all the fun shops! Before you go, stop in Klavon's for an old fashioned ice cream experience.
If you're looking for actual shops, I would check out Shadyside. Along Walnut Street, there are plenty of stores to keep everyone happy- from a running store, Lululemon and Athletica to Sephora, Gap and JCrew- this street is awesome! There are also lots of great restaurants and bars in this area to stay energized during a shopping trip. In the summer, the neighborhood also hosts art shows, concerts, yard sales and more. You can find all of these events at Think Shadyside!
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