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The 5 Best Places to People Watch in Pittsburgh

A coffee shop, an iconic landmark, an airport and beyond — these are the best places to practice the art of people watching.

photo via pittsburgh international airport flickr

Take a moment and consider all the different things you can see and experience when you look up from your phone. Try to keep count of all the people wearing Pittsburgh sports apparel. Notice all the cars taking the Pittsburgh left. Realize how often you hear ‘yinz’ or ‘jagoff.’

Pittsburgh is home to a wide variety of people and many great spots to observe them. For the best viewing experiences, check out these five spots to watch people as they go about their day.

photo by julie pawlikowski

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill

With big windows that wrap around the outer wall, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill is a comfortable, urban, loft-style library with the perfect view of the Squirrel Hill business district. Located at the corner of Forbes and Murray avenues, the huge windows provide ample space to set up camp and watch the pedestrians outside, as well as the patrons inside.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill is located at 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.


The Cathedral of Learning

There’s always ample opportunities to observe the never ending stream of people visiting such  an iconic Pittsburgh landmark as the Cathedral of Learning. Often referred to as a mini Hogwarts, its Commons Room hosts a unique jumble of students, tourists and the public. Grab a cup of joe from Cathedral Coffee, pick out a table, sit back and watch Pittsburgh university students, tourists new to Pittsburgh and everyday people roll in.

The Cathedral of Learning is located at 4200 Fifth Ave., North Oakland.


Delanie’s Coffee

South Side is full of bars, coffee shops, college students and residents who have never lived anywhere else, so there is always a variety of people roaming Carson Street. For a great people-watching experience, plunk yourself down at Delanie’s Coffee. The loft in the back of the building is perfect for watching the interactions between workers and patrons, while the outdoor tables and open front windows give an up close and personal view of the general public.

Delanie’s Coffee is located at 1737 E. Carson St., South Side Flats.

photo via flickr

Market Square

There isn’t just one spot in Market Square to people watch—the whole area is often teeming with events and activities. You could go to PPG Plaza and watch the business men and women swarm in and out of buildings; grab a chair in the square’s circle to get a 360-degree view of hustle and bustle around you; or sit at a window seat in any of the surrounding restaurants to watch people mill about Market Square.

Market Square is located at 23 Market Place, intersection of Forbes Avenue and Market Street, Downtown.

photo via flickr

Pittsburgh International Airport

If you want to see people in all stages of travel, head no further than the Pittsburgh International Airport. Find the person traveling in their pajamas, complete with fuzzy slippers. Check out the person catching a few z’s during their layover. What’s the story with the guy holding a bouquet of lilies, and who looks the most jetlagged coming off the plane? With people arriving and departing from all over the world, there are perfect people-watching opportunities at the airport.

The Pittsburgh International Airport is located at 1000 Airport Blvd., Moon Township.

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