Pittsburgh City Guide

Pittsburgh is often overshadowed by other American cities. The Rust Belt isn’t the most obvious choice for tourism, but maybe that’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to it. As long weekends are scarce in Canada (even in the summer), a group of eight of us decided to make the most of May Long this year, venturing to Pittsburgh for three days.

Should you find yourself in Pittsburgh (and I hope you do!) here are a few things I recommend adding to your itinerary!

Much to my excitement, Ace Hotel will soon be opening up a Pittsburgh location! Headquartered in trendy Portland, Oregon, the hotel chain is making waves both in North America and abroad. Toronto’s even rumoured to be getting an Ace Hotel in the next few years.

We settled on the Omni William Penn Hotel, which is an equally stunning option. I love old hotels with their extravagant lobbies – and William Penn was no exception!

Andy Warhol Museum: The largest museum dedicated to a single artist in the world, The Warhol is seven floors and features over 8,000 original pieces. It’s easy to spend a day here learning about Andy’s life, especially if you appreciate contemporary and pop art.

The Mattress Factory: This is on my list for the next time I visit Pittsburgh as we didn’t make it this time around! I’ve heard it one of the best contemporary art galleries in the world.

Duquesne Incline: For the best view of Pittsburgh, take a cable car up the Duquesne Incline.

Carnegie Mellon: I love visiting university campuses, particularly in the United States. Home to some of the greatest minds in America, Carnegie Mellon is absolutely inspiring.

The University of Pittsburgh: A beautiful, green campus, Pitt was buzzing with activity. Be sure to visit the Cathedral of Learning, an architectural gem, and the assortment of classrooms highlighting various cultures.

Heinz Museum: Learn the history of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania at this interactive history centre.

Eat and Drink:
You can’t go wrong with the endless eating and drinking options in Pittsburgh. There were plenty of food trucks scattered throughout the city. Here are some standouts:

Church Brew Works: You guessed it, Church Brew Works is housed in a former Anglican church. The restaurant/bar serves up an extensive beer list and incredible perogies (And I’ve had my fair share!)

Meat and Potatoes:  A popular brunch spot, Meat and Potatoes has the most insane Bloody Mary bar. The rest of the cocktail menu is out of this world, and the breakfast staples are served with a twist.

Amazing Café: A healthier option for breakfast and lunch, with lots of vegetarian dishes.

Bluebird Kitchen: The town square and market is the place to be in the morning. Stop by Bluebird Kitchen for a smoothie or organic steel-cut oats.

What’s a trip without a bit of cafe hopping, right?

Constellation Coffee: Nick and I were in the midst of cycling around the city in 28 degree heat and humidity, and were in need of iced coffees, this place was our saving grace. I wish I lived in Pittsburgh just so I could frequent this cafe. The space is beautiful and serene and the coffee is off the charts.

21st Street Tea and Coffee: Intelligentsia beans, knowledgable baristas, and a killer patio, right in the middle of The Strip District.

What are your must-visit spots in Pittsburgh? 

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