Welcome to Pittsburgh! What do you want to do first? Not sure yet? Well what about plans for tomorrow? …Well you still have time to decide… Where are you staying? You haven't booked a hotel yet?!?!
If you're looking for a taste of authentic Pittsburgh, look no further than Pittsburgh's Strip District.
The one-half square mile shopping district bordering Downtown is a foodie heaven bursting with local flavor. "The Strip," as locals call it, is filled with ethnic grocers, boutique shops, produce merchants, and internationally acclaimed restaurants. Whether you're a local or just in for a visit, be sure to check out these can't-miss places in the Strip!
The biggest change in the Strip has been the complete renovation of the iconic Produce Terminal Building into The Terminal, a mile-long reimagined stretch of shops, restaurants, fitness studios and more. Most businesses are locally owned and operated, and much more (including indoor mini-golf and a massive food hall) is coming soon. Head there on Terminal Tuesdays for free two-hour parking and deals from select retailers) or on weekends for pop-up shops on a rotating basis.
You can't say an area of the city is thriving without having new breweries popping up as proof. Bonafide Beer Co. offers great craft suds and a fantastic whiskey selection in their refined taproom and cocktail bar. This just-opened craft brewery is already becoming the new hotspot to meet with friends and relax and watch the game.
Just opened in the aforementioned Terminal is Aslin Beer Co., the fourth location of this outstanding Virginia-based brewery. Way more than just a taproom, the 7,000-square-foot space includes a coffee bar, second floor mezzanine, full-service kitchen and outdoor patio. Their sours are a constant in my beer fridge.
You've never had a night out quite like this! Opened in Feb. 2023, Puttery offers indoor, upscale mini golf across three distinct courses, each accompanied by their own craft cocktail to sip as you play. Before or after your tee-time, enjoy the refined menu and inventive drinks at two bars with some of the best vibes in the Burgh. Did we mention this is 21+ only and perfect for date nights, groups and any adult outing?
A trip to Pittsburgh isn't complete without a Primanti Brothers signature sandwich! Topped with coleslaw and French fries, foodies can get a taste of Pittsburgh in a sandwich. Located on 18th Street, this is the original Primati Bros. that's been in business since 1933. It's even open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays for the late-night and post-party crowd.
Located in the heart of the Strip District, Deluca’s Diner is a must-see stop. A hit diner since 1950, it can be described as, “good mood food.” Enjoy both breakfast and lunch at any time, any day. You won’t regret your trip here!
Serving traditional Italian pastries, the Enrico Biscotti Company is one of Pittsburgh's finest hidden gems. Enrico's is made up of two parts: the café, serving up breakfast and lunch, and the bakery, which offers delicious biscotti, macaroons and more. Bread and pizza-making classes are also available.
Looking for an authentic Italian food experience? With homemade pastas, to authentic Italian dishes and almost everything in between, enjoy a unique experience at the café by day, full ristorante by night at DiAnoia’s Eatery!
Since 1980, Pamela's Diner has been serving up some of the tastiest breakfast in the 'Burgh. The Diner's world-famous Crepe Style Pancakes are a must try and a favorite of President Obama when he is in town.
After their closure in 2020 during the pandemic, The Tavern has been reimagined and is now back and better than ever. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind brews with unique food and appetizers that reflect the struggles of those before us.
Looking for a place for beer? The Beerhive has you covered! With 100+ bottled beers plus bomber bottles, growlers and 12 rotating taps, The Beerhive is sure to please. The family-run bar also offers some mouth-watering food ranging from burgers and wings to tacos.
Stop by and enjoy the atmosphere of a classic Irish pub at Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle. Accompanied by live music and traditional Irish cuisine, immerse yourself in on the tap beers, wines, cocktails and more. Be prepared for a fun night at one of the best bars in the Strip District.
Located at the corner of Penn Ave. and 21st Street, La Prima Espresso is the most authentic Italian style espresso bar in the city. Stop by the bar to pick up a drink or pastry and you'll feel like you're in Italy. And if one cup of coffee isn't enough, you can buy a fresh roasted bag of La Prima to go.
For those with a sweet tooth, Mon Aimee Chocolat is a must! The store is filled with imported chocolate bars and candies from around the world. The chocolatier also sells local sweets including LUX Artisan Chocolates, Salted Caramels and Capogiro Gelato Artisans, award-winning Pennsylvania gelato.
This cute and hip store has everything you didn't know you wanted! Decorated with the handpicked pieces from all over the world and filled with the trendiest styles, Hot Haute Hot looks to "feed the soul" of its customers.
Are you an antique lover? Stop by Mahla Co & Antiques for a unique antique shopping experience right on the Strip. From vintage clothing, amazing golds and endless 50s retro furniture, you will be sure to be in antique heaven at this location. Open for more than 20 years, you can feel as though you are living throughout the decades.
If you're a true Pittsburgh sports fan, or just want a Terrible Towel souvenir, you've got to stop at Yinzers! Claimed to be Pittsburgh's #1 Sports Store, Yinzers has anything and everything Pittsburgh sports.
If you're still with us, consider this section your reward. I've been going to the Strip District for years and have a personal list of "musts" every time I'm there. Be sure to look for these easily missed must-haves you'll be craving each time you're in the Strip.
Originally designed to be a filling, easy-to-transport lunch for coal miners in our region, these stuffed bread rolls have been perfected at Jimmy & Nino Sunseri Co. Their legendary (and massive) pepperoni rolls are stuffed with pepperoni, mozzarella and provolone. If you can handle the heat, go for the atomic version which also adds in sweet and hot peppers, prosciutto bits and mushrooms for maybe the best individual bite in the Strip.
If you see a line running outside the door at Wholey's, get in it. That's the queue for Andy's Sushi Bar, serving up some of the freshest sashimi, nigiri and maki in the Burgh for more than 25 years. Snag the Wholey and Andy's Special rolls and you'll know in one bite what makes this place so special.
Still hungry? Me too. As you walk by Bar Marco, seek out Lucy's Bánh Mì. No, there's no restaurant (or even a sign), just Lucy, her grill and some condiments under a small tent as she serves up some of the best sandwiches in the Burgh. Bring cash; this is the best $8 you're going to spend in the city.