7 Reasons to Fall in Love with Pittsburgh

There are so many reasons to love Pittsburgh, here are seven!

It's February, and love is in the air in the Steel City as Valentine's Day nears. Whether or not you have a special someone, there's always a reason or two to stop, smell the roses, and fall a little bit more in love with the city of Pittsburgh. Here are a few of my own favorite things about the 'Burgh that make me fall for my hometown over and over again.

Pittsburghers

Pittsburghers are second to none. Locals' heart for their city, their sports teams, and the community is unlike anywhere else. After living in other cities, when I moved back to Pittsburgh, it took me by surprise how friendly and kind people are to one another. People smile at you in Pittsburgh and ask how your day is, just because. They'll strike up a conversation with you in line at a grocery store, or become a friend after sitting next to you at a Pirates game. People are happy in Pittsburgh, and their spirit and energy is contagious.

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Craft Beer

From my time living in the craft beer capital of the country in Colorado, I feel qualified to say I'm able to recognize some good beer when I come across it. Pittsburgh’s beer scene is one that I'm incredibly proud of to recognize from my hometown. A few breweries that have a special place in my heart include Penn Brewery, 11th Hour, and East End Brewing.

Kennywood

Kennywood is a place that holds decades of memories for me; from years of high school Fright Nights with friends, to annual family and corporate picnics. Kennywood is a Pittsburgh staple and one that's hard to put into words until you experience it for yourself. Most importantly, no matter who you're with or what the occasion, Potato Patch fries are always a must. 

Cuisine

Good food is an easy and plentiful thing to fall in love with in Pittsburgh. Whether you're going out on a date, or just looking to treat yourself, there are endless options. Outside of classic go-to spots like Primanti Bros. or Pamela's Diner, there's a growing scene of restaurants opening up all over the city, a few that have even started to catch some national attention. Apart from Yelp naming Gaucho Parilla Argentina as one of the top 100 places to eat in the US, the city itself has racked up accolades including one of the best for pizza lovers and even beat out our state rival Philadelphia for best cheesesteak!

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Affordable Living

For those who haven't lived outside Pittsburgh, this one may not hit home as hard as it does for those who know what it's like on the other side. So, take it from those of us who know, being able to live in a place with all the luxuries that the Steel City offer is one to celebrate every day. And it's not just me, ask Forbes. Forbes has named Pittsburgh as one of the most livable cities in the nation.

The Comeback City

Years ago, it wasn't uncommon for visitors to only associate Pittsburgh with its industrial history as a steel town. But today, with a variety of diverse industries blossoming, Pittsburgh has extended its reputation to mean more than just steel mills. Pittsburgh's renaissance has earned the city a spot on Forbes' Ten American Comeback Cities and the title of 5th most resilient city in the world by Grosvenor Research of London. It’s an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh!

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Unique Skyline

With Pittsburgh's iconic yellow bridges weaving between streets of modern and historic architecture, the Pittsburgh skyline is a sight that never gets old. Whether it's your first or thousandth time seeing the skyline when you drive into the city from the Fort Pitt tunnel, it's a view that's unbeatable and truly unlike any other.