Anyone who has visited Pittsburgh has probably seen the popular sites. Spending a day exploring the Carnegie Museums, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Zoo, and rooting on the Steelers at PNC Park are on every must-do list. If you’re a local, you’ll want to dive deeper into some of the gems the city has to offer. Here are some favorite recommendations of the locals for restaurants, where to shop, and where to get pampered in the city. Grab your friends, your “T” pass, and set out for a day of adventure.
Wholey’s is a Pittsburgh mainstay. Founded in 1912 and previously located in Market Square, Wholey’s now operates out of their location on Pennsylvania Avenue, but with the same amazing food. Best known for their famous fish sandwich, the Kitchen Menu is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Also a retailer, you can purchase seafood and a selection of fine meats in-store and online.
If an amazing breakfast is what you’re after, check out one of the area locations of Pamela’s Diner. The cash-online diner boasts delicious crepes and has been voted the best breakfast in the area more than once.
If you’re looking for delicious food in a fun atmosphere, Pittsburgh’s first gastropub Meat and Potatoes is the perfect spot. Serving brunch, lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu, no matter when you have a craving for a tasty treat, you can find it here.
Pittsburgh has no shortage of great places to shop. Mall-lovers are in luck, there are three in the city and one just a 20-minute drive south. Ross Park Mall is an area favorite, featuring over 150 retailers including mainstays Macy’s and Nordstrom. Families love South Hills Village in Bethel Park. The property includes a Macy’s and Sears, as well as a 10-screen movie theater and family-friendly stores like Build-A-Bear Workshop. Mall at Robinson is another great property in the city. Anchored by Macy's, JCPenney, Sears and Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as a number of other popular retailers and restaurants, it’s a great place to shop ‘till you drop. If you’re up for a drive, you’ll find JCPenney, Macy's and Sears as well as dozens of other retailers south of the city at Century III Mall.
For a truly authentic Pittsburgh experience that draws locals and tourists alike, visit the Strip District during the daytime over the weekend. Here, you’ll find the street lined with vendors selling fresh produce, imported foods, and a variety of one-of-a-kind goods.
Everyone needs a little “R&R” from time to time, and in Pittsburgh, there’s no better place to get it than at Sewickley Spa. The winner of over 60 spa awards, they offer treatments for your hands, feet, face, and body, as well as waxing and packages to create the ultimate spa experience.
No matter how you choose to start your adventure, know that these are just a handful of the fabulous opportunities Pittsburgh has for you to explore.
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