Weekend City Picks: Pittsburgh

With a revitalized culinary scene, an iconic steel industry and enough sports to keep the calendar full all year round, exploring Pittsburgh has never been more rewarding.


Arts & Entertainment 

Benedum Center for Performing Arts

Originally built in 1928 as the Stanley Theatre, this 2,800-seat theater and concert hall in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District brings Broadway shows to the city and hosts ballet and opera performances.

The Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh
Located on the city’s North Shore, the museum - the largest dedicated to a single artist in North America – holds the largest collection of Warhol’s works and archival materials.

Byham Theatre

In 1903, it was a vaudeville house known as the Gayety. Now, with 1,300 seats, the Byham is a landmark building in the Cultural District, hosting local performances and smaller traveling shows.

Food & Drink

Smallman Galley

The four chefs under the roof of this Strip District incubator for culinary training get 18 months to develop their own restaurants rent-free and design their own menus.


For all sorts of creative tacos – duck confit or bistec, anyone? – check out this bustling taqueria, which brings a surf vibe to downtown Pittsburgh. The margaritas are killer, too.

Social House

At this Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, diners can indulge in an extensive sushi menu, numerous Korean and Thai plates or meat, seafood and vegetables on the grill. House DJs provide the soundtrack.


Spanish eatery offers snacks and small and large plates in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Chef Justin Severino also operates a Mediterranean restaurant, Cure.


This chic yet casual bistro in North Oakland focuses on French dishes with American and Eastern European influences, with an eye toward serving locally sourced items and a menu that changes daily.

Butcher & the Rye

A semifinalist for James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program for two consecutive years, Butcher & the Rye boasts an extensive whiskey collection that includes more than 600 varietals. There’s also a second bar that serves original craft cocktails and a menu highlighting rustic American plates.


This hidden speakeasy on Pittsburgh’s South Side celebrates the style of Prohibition with quality drinks and elegant glassware.

Hidden Harbor

A tiki bar in Pittsburgh? Yes! Polynesia comes to the Squirrel Hill neighborhood with tropical drinks and bar snacks.


Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh
Modeled after the original in Munich, Germany, this brewery offers seasonal beer and Bavarian food served by waitstaff in costume.


Duquesne Incline

Duquesne Incline Pittsburgh
Ride up Mt. Washington to an observation deck with great views of the city and all three rivers. The upper station also houses a small museum. Long considered a must for visitors to Pittsburgh.

Station Square

This 52-acre indoor complex, located on the South Side across from Pittsburgh’s downtown, features more than 20 restaurants, a famous fountain and access to more tourist activities.

South Park

The 1,999-acre park can keep the active busy for hours, with walking and fitness trails, a wave pool, a dog park and an old farmhouse open for tours.

Healthy Living

Healthy Ride

Register via mobile app or at the kiosk for this public bike-sharing system, then rent and ride a bike around town. You can stop and lock the bike at various locations.

The Pittsburgh Juice Company

Tucked away in an historic Art Deco building, this café sells cold-pressed juices and smoothies (and for those who like their beverages slightly less healthy, coffee). There’s also a raw, vegan and gluten-free menu.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Pittsburgh
Explore many environments at this sprawling botanical garden in Schenley Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including a glasshouse with changing displays, a tropical forest conservatory, a Japanese courtyard, sustainable gardens and more.


Carnegie Science Center

Located across from Heinz Field, the Science Center - one of four Carnegie museums in Pittsburgh - offers interactive exhibits, an Omnimax theater, a planetarium and live shows that aim to bring science to life.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Hands-on interactive exhibits about art, theater, the outdoors and more are the highlight of this museum, located on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

National Aviary

National Aviary Pittsburgh
The country’s largest aviary and the only independent indoor nonprofit aviary in the United States is home to more than 500 birds and more than 150 species from around the world, many of them endangered.



This hip boutique on Butler Street features women’s clothes, shoes and accessories as well as a collection of unique gift items.

Steel City

If you’ve been in Pittsburgh five minutes, then you know locals love their sports. This local brand celebrates the City of Champs with simple but eye-catching and popular designs on shirts, socks and other apparel.

Ragged Row

Ragged Row PittsburghGot an active lifestyle? Then check out this boutique that offers designer women’s wear for fashion and fitness. 

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