Five minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill combines tree lined residential streets, a bustling business district, internationally recognized educational institutions, and two large public parks.
Squirrel Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region and home to many authentic eateries as well as over 1100 acres of parks for its residents and visitors to enjoy.
Cultured. Laid Back. Family Oriented. Commuter Friendly.
- Some of the most delicious ethnic restaurants in the city can be found in Squirrel Hill. Try Aladdin’s Eatery, Bangkok Balcony, Gabbe Et Jules, Silk Elephant or Sree’s Foods. Not feeling adventurous? Grab some traditional American delights at the Squirrel Hill Café or have breakfast at Pamelas.
- Visit Schenly Park, named one of “America’s Coolest City Parks” by Travel and Leisure. At 456 winding acres, it is a wonderful place to hike, bike ride, and more. You can even play an 18 hole round of golf at a fine urban course.
- What’s life without great pizza? An age old rivalry exists between Aiello’s and Mineo’s Pizza. Both are located on Murray Ave, and it’s up to you to try them both and declare the winner.
- Take a ride at Blue Slide Park! In the section of the park located near the corner of Beechwood Boulevard and English Lane, there is a famous playground with a blue slide going down a steep hill. This is just a small part of Frick Park, a 600 acre public park. Take your four legged friend with you to the fabulous off-leash dog park complete with water fountains and plastic baggies for clean up.
- Don’t forget to go shopping. Check out Littles Shoes, Pittsburgh's largest full-service family shoe store and a Pittsburgh institution. Also be sure to check out BikeTek, Charles Spiegel for Men, Avalon Exchange, and Orr's Jewelers.
The name “Squirrel Hill” may have been given to the area by the Native Americans who lived in its vicinity. The first recorded house was built in 1760 by Ambrose Newton and is still standing today.
One More Thing
Did you know that Myron Cope, sports journalist, radio personality, sportscaster and inventor of the Terrible Towel is from Squirrel Hill?