Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the Steel City. The city of bridges (that are horrifying to navigate during rush hour). 

This iconic city has probably shown up on your radar in some way or another throughout the years whether you know the sports teams or it just happens to be the home of your favorite ketchup. It was also recently in the headlines due to the tragic Tree of Life Synagogue shootings, donate here.

Cities I have called home throughout my life include Boston, Philadelphia, and Dalian, China and I have to say that Pittsburgh is hands down my favorite.  


Where to stay:

I am a HUGE proponent of air BNB I’ve never had a bad experience and you get to meet all kinds of cool people. As far as hotels I would say if you’re feeling fancy you definitely want to go to the Omni or Renaissance. They are GORGEOUS. 

If you’re looking for something new and hip I highly recommend Tryp in Pittsburgh’s hip Lawrenceville neighborhood. It was JUST opened in July and is a redone schoolhouse. They feature local artists in each room, have a luxe rooftop bar and it has a very fresh vibe. 


Things to do in Pittsburgh:

ANYTHING YOU WANT! Pittsburgh has a vibrant history, nightlife, music, sports, culture, art… like literally anything. I’ve compiled a list below of the sports stadiums and other AWESOME things you can do here.

PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Pirates play is always high up on the most beautiful baseball stadium in the country lists

Heinz Field

PNC Park

PPG Paints Arena

Highmark Stadium

Petersen Events Center

Phipp’s Conservatory is GORGEOUS and smells AMAZING

Andy Warhol Museum  

Phipps Conservatory

The Benedum Center

Byham Theatre

Heinz Hall

Mattress Factory

Carnegie Science Center

Heinz History Center

Roberto Clemente Museum

The Cathedral of Learning

Pittsburgh Parks

Strip District 

River’s Casino


Where to Eat & Drink:

Okay now here is where I am a literal expert. Here is a list of Pittsburgh magazine’s Best of Pittsburgh for further research. For places to eat, I will try to break out down by category. 

Obama breakfasting at Pamela’s a Pittsburgh staple

Breakfast: 

Pamela’s  

Deluca’s 

Kelly O’s 

The Grand Concourse 

The one and only Primanti Bros sandwich

Lunch

Primanti Bros

Wholey’s

Big Shot Bob’s

Caliente pizza and Draft House 

Stinky’s

Honest John’s

Bigham Tavern

Butcher & the Rye is a must go for book lovers – you’ll see why when you look at their cocktail menu

Dinner

Altius

Butcher and the Rye 

The Library  

Abbey on Butler Street.

Meat & Potatoes 

Driftwood Oven 

Umami

Roland’s Seafood Grill

The Church Brew Works is a super cool spot – a refinished Church with the original pews, stained glass windows and some artifacts – my Catholic grandparents might not approve but 8lb 6oz. tuxedo t-shirt wearing baby Jesus definitely does.

Breweries

Church Brew Works

Southern Tier 

Roundabout Brewery

Arsenal Cider House

Grist House

Hitchhiker Brewing

Penn Brewery

Wigle Whiskey

Tequila Cowboy on the North Shore is an awesome post-game or post-concert party spot where you can ride a mechanical bull and sing karaoke 

Bars

Tequila Cowboy 

Belvedere’s

Spirit

Mario’s

Hofbrahaus

McFadden’s


There are so many things that I am sure I missed. Please come to Pittsburgh, spend a long weekend or stay awhile. Yinzers are some of the friendliest people around and I promise you will have an amazing time whatever you decide to do. Please drop your favorite Pittsburgh spots in the comments below!

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