Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Pittsburgh City Guide: 12 Great Main Streets Waiting For You

A trip to these well-populated thoroughfares promises access to shops, restaurants and things to do.



(page 1 of 4)

Every Pittsburgh neighborhood has its own identity, trademark quirks and proud residents eager to preserve their town’s colorful history. Among our favorites: these 12 communities in which you can experience the heart of the area on or near well-populated thoroughfares filled with pedestrians, shops, restaurants and things to do. Take a stroll with us.
 


photos by john altdorfer
 

Bellevue

This walkable neighborhood long has carried the motto: “Live. Worship. Shop.” Lincoln Avenue has changed over the years, but those commands still hold true — Bellevue has plenty of places to live, houses of worship (and related stores and spots for post-service dining) and charming shops. And we can definitely add “eat” to the above credo. There’s sure to be something for everyone. — LD
 

Where to Shop

  • Check out the organic offerings for your little one at Happy Baby Company [558 Lincoln Ave., happybabycompany.com].
     
  • Pick a Christian gift item or book from nonprofit shop The Shepherd’s Door [563 Lincoln Ave., theshepherdsdoor.org], which also sells fair-trade goods.
     

What to Do

  • Wander (admission is free) through the new home of the John A. Hermann Jr. Memorial Art Museum [318 Lincoln Ave., johnhermannmuseum.org].
     
  • Taste a sweet from Lincoln Bakery [543 Lincoln Ave., mylincolnbakery.com].
     

  • Sip the flavor of the day at the charming Muddy Cup Cafe [419 Lincoln Ave., 412/415-3144].
     
  • Relieve your stress: All classes at Yoga on Fremont [8 S. Fremont Ave., yogaonfremont.com] are drop-in friendly.
     

Where to Eat

  • Enjoy being treated like part of the family at homestyle restaurant Joe’s Rusty Nail [560 Lincoln Ave., 412/766-9228].
     
  • Experience some exotic flavors at Thai Tamarind [172 Lincoln Ave., thaitamarindpittsburgh.com].
     
  • Opt for the meatloaf, fried chicken or another staple at the Bellevue Diner [513 Lincoln Ave., 412/734-4446].
     
  • Devour selections from the “backyard barbecue-inspired menu” at the Pitt Stop [564 Lincoln Ave., thepittstopbbq.com].
     

Bloomfield

Pittsburgh’s Little Italy is a bit of an anomaly. You have your old-time Italian grocers not far from a self-proclaimed “radical” bookstore. There’s an all-things-Catholic store run by friendly nuns a few doors down from a contemporary art gallery. Old Pittsburgh blends with the new here, and when we say goodbye to some favorites (Fukuda and Del’s Bar & Ristorante DelPizzo), we say hello to soon-to-be favorites (Bread and Salt Bakery and Station restaurant). Walk down Liberty Avenue — one of the longer main streets on our list — and experience it all. — LD
 

Where to Shop

  • Buy a novel and stick around for a reading or release party at the East End Book Exchange [4754 Liberty Ave., eastendbookexchange.com].
     
  • Visit Sacred Heart of Jesus Store [4515 Liberty Ave., 412/683-4001] to hunt for hard-to-find religious tomes and gifts.
     
  • Put in a custom order at family-owned Best Made Shoes [5143 Liberty Ave., bestmadeshoes.com].
     

  • Discover books and other items that support a broad range of politics and lifestyles at The Big Idea Bookstore [4812 Liberty Ave., thebigideapgh.wordpress.com].
     

What to Do

  • Catch the latest exhibition at the artist-run commercial gallery BoxHeart [4523 Liberty Ave., boxheartgallery.com].
     
  • Savor a doughnut and the delicious smells wafting over you at Bloomfield institution Paddy Cake Bakery [4763 Liberty Ave., paddycakebakery.org].
     
  • Cool off with a cold treat from Scoops in Bloomfield [4806 Liberty Ave., scoopspittsburgh.com].
     

Where to Eat

  • At Thai Gourmet [4505 Liberty Ave., 412/681-4373], try the pumpkin curry.
     

  • Order the ’Burgh-famous burger at Tessaro’s [4601 Liberty Ave., tessaros.com], prepared daily by in-house butchers.
     
  • Be wowed by the popcorn panna cotta, a hit at the 2015 Pittsburgh Magazine Best Restaurants Party, at Station [4744 Liberty Ave., twitter.com/station_pgh]; the new venture from Curtis Gamble, formerly of Grit & Grace, is set to open in August 2015.
     

Carnegie

Carnegie is a town marked by continued rebirth. Revitalization efforts, sparked by repeated bouts of flooding in recent years, still are going strong; the results are visible in the form of new stores and eateries popping up, as well as the bright blue bridge railings that match both the trashcans on Main Street and the chairs inside the coffee shop housed in the former post office. Business and restaurant owners love their little borough. You will, too. — LD
 

Where to Shop

  • Scout for locally made jewelry, candles, soap, art and more at Modern Mercantile [233 E. Main St., modernmercantilepgh.com].
     
  • Browse the large selection of men’s shoes at Hanna’s Clothing Store [311 W. Main St., hannasclothing.com], an area institution since 1903.
     

What to Do

  • Take in a show at off the WALL Theater [25 W. Main St., insideoffthewall.com], known for nontraditional performances.
     
  • Tour the Historical Society and Honus Wagner Museum [1 W. Main St., 412/276-7447] for an homage to the Pittsburgh Pirates legend (and the town).
     
  • Visit the “Carnegie Carnegie” library [300 Beechwood Ave., carnegiecarnegie.org] and its Espy room — once a meeting place for a Grand Army of the Republic post of Civil War veterans.
     
  • Get fit at Motion on Main [21 E. Main St., motiononmain.com].
     

Where to Eat

  • Slow down with a latte inside the cozy Carnegie Coffee Company [132 E. Main St., facebook.com/carnegiecoffeecompany], located in a former post office.
     
  • Indulge in fine Italian dining at PaPa J’s Ristorante [200 E. Main St., papajs.com].
     

  • Drink an Irish beer (and pair it with a shepherd’s pie) at Riley’s Pour House [215 E. Main St., rileyspourhouse.com].
     
  • Discover what the chef calls “world-fusion freestyle” cuisine at the lovely One Thirty One East [131 E. Main St., onethirtyoneeast.com].


Next: Lawrenceville, Millvale, & Mt. Lebanon
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

The 400-Word Review: The Equalizer 2

An unnecessary sequel to the Denzel Washington action flick arrives for a quick beat-em-up fix.

The 400-Word Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The sequel to the 2008 ABBA musical is far from perfect, but might have enough charm to keep you on board.

You're Going to Be Upside Down a Lot on New Kennywood Coaster

Kennywood has revealed its replacement ride for “The Log Jammer” which will be located in a new portion of the park entitled “Steelers Country.”

Restaurant Review: Poulet Bleu

Richard DeShantz steps it up with a move from Downtown to Lawrenceville and shows Pittsburgh how to make French dining fun.

Pittsburgh to Host Nation’s First Black Beer Festival

Day Bracey and Ed Bailey of Drinking Partners Podcast and Mike Potter of Black Brew Culture online magazine will bring 12 black-owned breweries to Pittsburgh in August for Fresh Fest.

Coming Clean: Why We Aren't a Green City ... Yet

Pittsburgh is no longer a smoky city, but that doesn’t mean it has cleaned up its act. Pittsburgh's air quality still ranks among the worst in the nation. What steps are being taken to reduce Pittsburgh's ongoing dependence on fossil fuels?

Ultimate Comfort Food: The Joy of Dumplings

Why our dining critic thinks dumplings might be his ultimate comfort food.

Our Seven Favorite Dumplings in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, of course, is best known for the pierogi. Our love of dumplings extends beyond that, however. These seven dumplings are our favorite restaurant versions of their various styles.

The Tailor's Dumpling: Kreplach

A Pittsburgh chef and his family continue to craft a family recipe with roots in Poland.

The Pittsburgh Region's Top Dentists 2018

Our annual list, which contains 376 dentists across 11 specialities, as determined by topDENTISTS.

A Weekend Mission of Mercy in Pittsburgh

More than a thousand people come to PPG paints arena once a year for free dental care, thanks to an ambitious, all-volunteer effort.

Jump Into the River: Open Waters Beckons Strong Swimmers

It takes a strong swimmer and the right timing to dive into the three rivers. for those up to it, the difference between the pool and open water is profound.

Pirates Are Still a Long Way From a Hollywood Ending

Despite an 8-1 winning streak going into the All-Star break, the Bucs are in desperate need of a sequel, not only to win back some credibility with fans, but also to convince their owner not to sell off more pieces of the team.

National Aviary's New Renovations Make it Essential Pittsburgh

It's time to add the National Aviary to the list of local favorites you visit again and again.

PM on KD: Family City Guide 2018

PM Associate Editor Sean Collier appears on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live to discuss our Family City Guide for 2018-2019.
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags


You're Going to Be Upside Down a Lot on New Kennywood Coaster

You're Going to Be Upside Down a Lot on New Kennywood Coaster

Kennywood has revealed its replacement ride for “The Log Jammer” which will be located in a new portion of the park entitled “Steelers Country.”

Comments

Tom Hanks May Have Found Co-Star for Fred Rogers Film

Tom Hanks May Have Found Co-Star for Fred Rogers Film

One of the stars of FX's “The Americans” is reportedly in talks to appear in the Mister Rogers flick “You Are My Friend.”

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Pittsburgh to Host Nation’s First Black Beer Festival

Pittsburgh to Host Nation’s First Black Beer Festival

Day Bracey and Ed Bailey of Drinking Partners Podcast and Mike Potter of Black Brew Culture online magazine will bring 12 black-owned breweries to Pittsburgh in August for Fresh Fest.

Comments

A Pop-Up Bar in Pittsburgh that Serves a Sober Alternative

A Pop-Up Bar in Pittsburgh that Serves a Sober Alternative

Empath provides the vibe and social space of a bar, as well as stepped up beverage service ... without the alcohol.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Eight Best Frozen Treats in Pittsburgh

The Eight Best Frozen Treats in Pittsburgh

Our dining critic picks his favorite ice cream, ice pop, frozen custard, vegan delight and more.

Comments

Six Underrated Kennywood Rides You Need to Try Again

Six Underrated Kennywood Rides You Need to Try Again

Leave enough time in your next visit to Kennywood to revisit some old favorites and these underrated gems.

Comments


National Aviary's New Renovations Make it Essential Pittsburgh

National Aviary's New Renovations Make it Essential Pittsburgh

It's time to add the National Aviary to the list of local favorites you visit again and again.

Comments

Stop Using Uber and Lyft, Renting a Bike is Better

Stop Using Uber and Lyft, Renting a Bike is Better

You'll save money and have an easier time hopping between neighborhoods on a Healthy Ride bicycle.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Pirates Are Still a Long Way From a Hollywood Ending

Pirates Are Still a Long Way From a Hollywood Ending

Despite an 8-1 winning streak going into the All-Star break, the Bucs are in desperate need of a sequel, not only to win back some credibility with fans, but also to convince their owner not to sell off more pieces of the team.

Comments

Compelling World Cup Worth a Periodic Embrace

Compelling World Cup Worth a Periodic Embrace

The competition is as fierce as the fans are passionate and both can be appreciated without a firm grasp of the details.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The 400-Word Review: The Equalizer 2

The 400-Word Review: The Equalizer 2

An unnecessary sequel to the Denzel Washington action flick arrives for a quick beat-em-up fix.

Comments

The 400-Word Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The 400-Word Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The sequel to the 2008 ABBA musical is far from perfect, but might have enough charm to keep you on board.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Perfect Proposals that Flashed Back to First Dates

Perfect Proposals that Flashed Back to First Dates

Return to your roots before your relationship blooms into a beautiful marriage.

Comments

I Do, Now Let’s Have Some BBQ

I Do, Now Let’s Have Some BBQ

A five-course meal doesn’t fit with every wedding. These laid-back couples opted for casual — and delicious — cuisine perfect for their outdoor and barn receptions.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Wow Factor: Empty Nest Inspires Timeless Makeover

Wow Factor: Empty Nest Inspires Timeless Makeover

When her last child graduated from college, Ingrid Meenen did something she had been wanting to do for 20 years — renovate the first floor of her Upper St. Clair home.

Comments

Head to the North Hills for Two Blooming Garden Tours

Head to the North Hills for Two Blooming Garden Tours

The Wexford Garden and Pond Tour and the Southern Butler County Garden Club tour both take place this weekend.

Comments