So You're Visiting Pittsburgh...

(the insider guidebook)

Things to do

Carnegie Museums of Art & History
(Art & History Museum)
Location: Oakland

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But also they have entire T-Rex fossils so I could spend all day here

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National Aviary
(Aviary)
Location: North Side

The only national aviary in The United States

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Phipps Conservatory
(Botanican Garden)
Location: Oakland

Fantastic building with amazing gardens. One of the greenest facilities in the world. Across the street is a nice park to play ultimate frisbee or watch a movie in the park in the summer

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Andy Warhol Museum
(Museum)
Location: North Side

Largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist.

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Mattress Factory
(Modern Art Museum)
Location: North Side

Check ahead of time to see what exhibits they have.

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The Frick
(Museum)
Location: Point Breeze

A series of exhibits around the Frick house. Art museum with rotating exhibits in the main building, car and carriage museum, and tour the Frick house and greenhouse. You could easily spend an afternoon here.

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Frick Park
(Park)
Location: Point Breeze

One of my favorite parks. Nice walking/hiking trails. Really good mountain biking too; try the Iron Gate trail. All within city limits, right near Oakland and Shadyside

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Carnegie Science Center
(Science Museum)
Location: North Shore

Great for kids. Just as fun for adults.

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Mount Washington
(Scenic Overlook)
Location: Mount Washington

Best view of the city, take the Monongahela Incline up

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Kayak North
(Outdoor Activity)
Location: North Shore

Kayaking through the rivers offers a great view. Just don't get run over by the Gateway Clipper

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Strip District
(Neighborhood)
Location: Strip District

Visit on a Saturday afternoon. Lots of street vendors, good food, fresh produce

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Kennywood
(Amusement Park)
Location: West Mifflin

This amusement park is a National Historic Landmark. A few old wood coasters along with some fun new ones. Steel Curtain is brand new this year and my favorite. Potato Patch for french fries is a classic

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Penguins Game
(Sports)
Location: Downtown

Check out a 5 time Stanley Cup winning hockey team

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Steelers Game
(Sports)
Location: North Shore

It's quite the experience

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Pirates Game
(Sports)
Location: North Shore

Even if they're not good, it's always fun to sit down, eat a hot dog and chill in what Ball Park Digest calls "the best ballpark in baseball"

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Row House Cinema
(Movie Theater)
Location: Lawrenceville

Single screen theater that shows new, classic, and weird movies. 900+ beers to choose from next door and bring in

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Restaurants

Walters
(BBQ)
Location: Lawrenceville

Games outside, heated tent in winter, a whole vibe

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Bitter Ends
(Brunch, Luncheon)
Location: Bloomfield

Fresh bread? Local greens? Say less

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Sienna Mercato - Mezzo (second floor)
(Charcuterie / Pizza)
Location: Cultural District (Downtown)

After you have pizza and charcuterie, go up to the top floor and check out the rooftop bar

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Driftwood Oven
(Pizza)
Location: Lawrenceville

Sourdough pizza. I'd eat an entire one by myself

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Eleven
(Upscale American)
Location: Strip District

Bar menu is really good. Otherwise fantastic restaurant, great wine selection

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Gaucho
(Argentinian)
Location: Strip District

Wood fired meat. Veggie options are just as good. There's no wrong option

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Morcilla
(Spanish)
Location: Lawrenceville

Charcuterie and pintxos (snacks). Get "all the meats"

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Spork
(American)
Location: Garfield

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Cilantro & Ajo
(Venezuelan)
Location: South Side

Load up on the green sauce

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Superior Motors
(American)
Location: Braddock

Upscale new American

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Dancing Crab
(Thai)
Location: South Side

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Umami
(Japanese)
Location: Lawrenceville

Late night Japanese. It's real good.

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Smallman Galley
(Food Hall)
Location: Strip District

Restaurant incubator, 4 restaurants at a time, 1 bar, 1 coffee shop

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Slippery Mermaid
(Sushi)
Location: Sewickley

Sushi with all the fixins

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Piccolo Forno
(Italian)
Location: Lawrenceville

Order the pistachio pizza, thank me later

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Apteka
(Central & Eastern European)
Location: Lawrenceville

Fantastic food that just happens to be vegan

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Siempre Algo
(Argentinian)
Location: North Side

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Dianoias
(Italian)
Location: Strip District

Best Italian in Pittsburgh

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Pork and Beans
(BBQ)
Location: Downtown

Best BBQ in Pittsburgh. Great cobb salad

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Drinks

Hidden Harbor
(Tiki Bar)
Location: Squirrel Hill

Awesome tiki bar. I'd put this first on my list

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Dancing Gnome
(Brewery)
Location: Sharpsburg

Mostly New England IPAs but they do them well. Probably the best brewery around

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Acacia
(Cocktail Bar)
Location: South Side

Speakeasy style

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Carmellas
(Cocktail / Whiskey Bar)
Location: South Side

Get the smoked wild boar meatballs and an old fashioned

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Grapperia
(Grappa Bar)
Location: Lawrenceville

On Wednesday nights, cocktails are $6. Get the Fallen Angel

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Aurochs
(Brewery)
Location: Emsworth

Gluten free brewery. The taste gives no hint of being gluten free

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Cinderlands
(Brewery)
Location: Strip District

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Wigle Whiskey
(Distillery)
Location: Strip District

Schedule a tour too

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Insurrection Ale Works
(Brewery)
Location: Heidelberg

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Lorelei
(Cocktail Bar)
Location: East Liberty

Cocktail and lager bar

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Biergarten
(Beer)
Location: Downtown

Rooftop biergarten downtown

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Roundabout Brewery
(Brewery)
Location: Lawrenceville

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Arsenal Cider
(Cider House)
Location: Lawrenceville

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Coffee / Bakery

La Gourmandine
(Bakery)
Location: Lawrenceville

French bakery. Fantastic desserts

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La Prima
(Coffee)
Location: Strip District

Italian style espresso shop

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espresso a mano
(Coffee)
Location: Lawrenceville

Best coffe in Lawrenceville

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Coffee Buddha
(Coffee)
Location: Perrysville

Artsy coffe house. Good pour over. Will often have a food truck

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Redhawk
(Coffee)
Location: Oakland

Chill vibe

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Shopping

Steel City Clothing
(Clothing)
Location: Downtown

Actually cool Pittsburgh themed clothing

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Grove City Outlets
(Outlet Stores)
Location: Grove City

A bit of a drive from Pittsburgh, but lots of options

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Buffalo Exchange
(Used Clothing)
Location: South Side

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Walnut St
(Street)
Location: Shadyside

Lots of designer shops and restaurants

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Ross Park Mall
(Mall)
Location: Ross Township

Designer shops. They have a macaron bar, Wigle Whisky and Threadbare Cider

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Classics

Gooski's
(Dive Bar)
Location: Polish Hill

It's so much a dive bar. They still allow smoking. If you go here you can say you basically grew up in Pittsburgh

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Primantis
(Restaurant)
Location: Strip District

The classic Pittsburgh sandwich. Cash only

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Oyster House
(Restaurant)
Location: Downtown

Pittsburgh's oldest bar and restaurant

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