10 Great Things to Do in Downtown Pittsburgh

Shopping. Dining. Galleries. Live shows. Where should you start when there’s so much to do and see in the golden triangle?


Order breakfast or lunch at one of two downtown locations of Bluebird Kitchen [221 Forbes Ave. or 11 Stanwix St., bluebirdkitchen.com].

Another good option for lunch is Hello Bistro [292 Forbes Ave., hellobistro.com], known for its made-to-order salads and neighboring juice bar, Delicious Raw [280 Forbes Ave., delraw.com].

Shop at the popular Boutique La Passerelle [417 Wood St., shopblp.com], which bills itself as “European fashion, Pittsburgh flair.”

Visit the S.W. Randall Toyes and Giftes [630 Smithfield St., swrandalltoys.com], a time capsule (with modern offerings) that will take you back to an era when you could find multiple specialty shops downtown.

With its basement location and proximity to the City-County Building, you may feel as though you’re starring in a film noir at Storms [429 Fourth Ave., stormsrestaurant.com]. Enjoy the atmosphere and Italian cuisine, but pay attention to the limited hours.

So many swanky bars, so little time. If it’s nice outside, try a beer at the Biergarten at the Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh [620 William Penn Place, monaco-pittsburgh.com/restaurants/rooftop-biergarten]. If not, hide inside Speakeasy in the Omni William Penn Hotel [530 William Penn Place, omnihotels.com/pittsburgh].

You can see everything — from new independent films to ’80s classics, such as “When Harry Met Sally” — at the single-screen Harris Theater [809 Liberty Ave., pghfilmmakers.org].

While You’re There

Downtown may be better known for its theater scene than its visual exhibitions, but you’re missing out if you haven’t stopped by one of several (free!) art galleries. This month, Wood Street Galleries [601 Wood St., woodstreetgalleries.org], which focuses on “technology-based art,” is showcasing “Pattern and Noise,” an exhibition by D-Fuse, which is made up of two components: “Small Global” and “Tektōn.” Expect immersive audio-visual installations and kinetic light sculptures.

The 709 Penn Gallery [709 Penn Ave., trustarts.org] will showcase “I’ve Been Out Walking” by Ashley Jean Hickey through Aug. 9. Hickey is a local abstract and conceptual artist whose exhibition draws inspiration from walking in the woods.

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