The Pittsburgh Strip District

The Pittsburgh Strip District

The Pittsburgh Strip District is a Saturday morning tradition for many Pittsburghers and a favorite attraction for tourists to the city. The main shopping district is a 3 – 4 block area on Penn Avenue. It is filled with shops and restaurants, many that have been in business for 50 to 100 years. You will find everything from specialty coffee, bakeries, fruit and vegetable markets to a variety of ethnic food shops, kitchen wares, and fish markets.

It is not only a Saturday morning activity, “The Strip” has an active nightlife. Bars, restaurants, breweries, and distilleries with live music, good food, and creative drinks can be found on every street. There is truly something for everyone!

I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for more than 30 years now and going to “The Strip” has become a routine Saturday morning excursion. My husband and I have taken countless visitors there on weekends. It is the most unique shopping experience in Pittsburgh and rivals many other historic markets in cities around the world.

It is also a cook’s paradise! If you are looking for something special for dinner the Strip District is the place to go. With a variety of ethnic food shops, you will find almost any special ingredient.

In addition to shopping and eating, there are plenty of things for kids as well. Take a tour of the Heinz History Center Museum to learn about the history of Pittsburgh. Then head to Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor or Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop for a treat. Or just take a walk or bike along the riverfront trail and explore the banks of the Allegheny River. There is something for everyone!

In this section of my website, you will find articles about many of my favorite shops, restaurant reviews, and fun activities to do while you are shopping. I’m hoping to add more to it this year as our lives hopefully, start returning to some bit of normalcy!

The Strip District Business Association and the community organization, Strip District Neighbors have developed a convenient “Passport to the Strip” Merchant Guide and Coupon book available for 2021 – 2022. The guide gives a mini-review and valuable coupons for many of the businesses and merchants in the area. You can order it here and take it with you while you explore the area. (I don’t receive anything in return for any orders, just sharing information!)

The Pittsburgh Strip District continues to change and develop with new shops and restaurants. Check back often to explore what is new!

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