Shopping in Pittsburgh
Travel in any direction in Pittsburgh and find great shopping to suit every budget and taste. Add to that one of the best perks about shopping in the ‘Burgh: No tax on clothing, shoes, groceries or specialty foods in Pennsylvania!
From upscale downtown department stores to suburban shopping malls and eclectic neighborhood boutiques, visitors find plenty of places to exercise their spending power.
Easy to cover on foot and exciting, the Golden Triangle is a shopper’s paradise. With over 180 shops and more than 200 eateries in Downtown Pittsburgh, you’ll find great shopping and dining to suit every taste! Plus, Pittsburgh’s compact Downtown means that shops are conveniently located within an easy walk of hotels. Major department stores such as Brooks Brothers and Burlington Coat Factory are clustered among a variety of specialty centers, including The Shops of One Oxford Centre, PPG Place and the Fifth Avenue Place Arcade Shops.
By day, the Strip District is an old-world-style marketplace that is abuzz with shoppers patronizing an exciting mix of wholesalers, fish and produce merchants, ethnic food retailers, antique galleries, gift and specialty shops, craft shops and galleries, and sidewalk vendors. Choose from the freshest meats, pastas and cheese at Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, seafood from Wholey Fish Market, mouthwatering Italian cookies from Mon Aimee Chocolat and rich coffees at La Prima Espresso Co. and Leaf and Bean. At night, the Strip draws a diverse and lively crowd who come to dine in one of its many distinctive restaurants, and to listen to music or dance the night away.
A variety of shopping destinations line Butler Street and surrounding areas in Lawrenceville. Peruse trendy boutiques such as Pavement. Check out art galleries and browse handcrafted objects at Contemporary Craft and Gallery on 43rd Street.
The South Side of Pittsburgh is an endless source of entertainment and shopping. The Freight House Shops at Station Square boasts old world charm in the setting of a restored railroad building. You’ll find over 20 unique retailers for everything from Pittsburgh souvenirs to novelties from around the world to toys, fashions, jewelry, wine and cigars. East Carson Street is renowned for its 15 blocks of historic Victorian architecture and today abounds in cafes, shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. Further down East Carson is the SouthSide Works, a 34-acre lifestyle development that includes a unique mix of shopping, entertainment and restaurant options. There’s something for everyone at SouthSide Works!
Across town, you’ll find Shadyside shopping a delight whether you’re looking for a designer dress or gourmet kitchen gadget. Both posh Walnut Street and eclectic Ellsworth Avenue make for a memorable day of shopping. Check out Eureka! Chocolate and Gifts, Henne Jewelers and Shadyside Variety Store.
Another great city neighborhood for shopping is Squirrel Hill, where you’ll find quality clothing stores and specialty shops galore. In Oakland, South Craig Street solves a number of souvenir-shopping dilemmas with unique gift shops, unusual bookstores and import stores.
If museum shopping is your bag, you’ll have plenty to choose from in Pittsburgh! Check out the unique wares in any of the museums in and around the city, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center and Mattress Factory on the North Side, the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Oakland and the Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze.
Located north of Pittsburgh, you’ll want to explore Blawnox, a great place to shop antiques and curious treasures. More than 15 shops are located within an easy four-block area. The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills is a 1.1 million-square-foot retail and entertainment destination that brings a compelling mix of department stores, full- and off-price retailers, casual dining and entertainment.
In the North Hills, national chains and discount department stores offer high values at North Hills Village Mall and the Block Northway – all along McKnight Road. Trendy boutiques and upscale department stores make Ross Park Mall a one-stop shopping destination.
South of Pittsburgh, large shopping complexes dot the highways and byways, including the upscale Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, South Hills Village Mall and Century III Mall. Or, enjoy a great selection of stores along Mount Lebanon’s Washington Road business district. The Waterfront in Homestead, built on the site of a former steel mill, provides shopping, entertainment and dining options along the beautiful setting of the Monongahela River.
Head east to Monroeville and find Pittsburgh’s Miracle Mile, a shopper’s mecca that includes Monroeville Mall and countless other shopping plazas.
Go west, shopper! The fun begins when you touch down at the award-winning Airmall. Yes, the Pittsburgh International Airport has some of the most exciting shopping around. The Airmall offers everything from sportswear, jeans and fine jewelry to cappuccinos and sunglasses. Unlike many airports, merchants are required by law to charge no more than they would at other locations. No price gouging allowed!
Travel out the Parkway West and discover plenty of great shopping between the Airport and Downtown Pittsburgh. The Mall at Robinson, Robinson Town Center, Settler’s Ridge and the Point at North Fayette offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants and home furnishing stores, including IKEA and Pier 1 Imports.
Find great deals at some of your favorite stores at the Prime Outlets at Grove City, one hour north of Pittsburgh, and the Tanger Outlets, just 40 minutes south of Downtown.