A Black && Gold Weekend | Pittsburgh, PA

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A Weekender’s Guide to Pittsburgh, PA

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My parents are originally from a town north of Pittsburgh so I was raised a Pittsburgh Sports Fan, (especially the Steelers) not an Atlanta Sports Fan. I grew up visiting my grandparents and other relatives in Pittsburgh and fell in love with the city at a young age. I most recently moved to Pittsburgh for the summer of 2018 to work for Heinz Field and the Steelers. I had the time of my life living in one of the greatest cities in America. It’s safe to say I bleed black & gold. Below is a list of some of my Pittsburgh favorites!

The Strip District:


Are you a foodie!? The Strip District is the place to be as it is essentially one big market! The strip is always popping on the weekends as tourists + locals are walking around enjoying all of the fresh markets & shopping!

Things to do:

Places to Eat:

  • Pamela’s Diner: this cinderella story-esque diner has the best diner food. There is always a line but it is worth the wait.

  • DeLuca’s Diner: If Pamela’s Diner is too busy try DeLuca’s Diner - chances are it too will have a line but pick a line, wait and thank me later ;)

  • DiAnoia’s Eatery: a little on the pricier side, however, everyone loves a splurge for mouth watering pasta! DiAnoia’s does not disappoint!

  • Peace Love and Little Donuts: the cutest and the most delicious mini donuts ever! AND you donut even feel like you’re eating as much since they are mini!

  • Smallman Galley: this is a food hall with multiple up and coming restraints that change in and out!

  • Primanti Bros: Did you even go to Pittsburgh if you didn’t try Primanti Bros? French fries + coleslaw + your choice of lunch meat all on a sandwich!! Delicious and SO Pittsburgh!

  • Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor: you won’t want to miss this old fashioned ice cream parlor

Downtown / Cultural District:


Things to do:

  • Point State Park: the point where the three rivers meet can be seen up close at Point State Park water fountain!

  • Rent Bikes: rent a bike and ride along the River to Point State Park / across the bridges to the North Shore. There are so many places along the side of the roads that just require you to download an app and go from there!

  • Penguins Game (DUH): Go watch some good hockey and cheer on the Pens!

  • Walk across the Bridges: enjoy the views of the city from the bridges!

Places to Eat:

  • Proper: wood fired pizza, fresh pasta & local craft beers!

  • Sienna Mercado: “Italian with a twist” - the best kind of twist that is!

North Shore:

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The North Shore is a happening place especially since it is where both Heinz Field (Steelers Stadium) and PNC Park (Pirates Stadium) is located.

Things to do:

  • Steelers Game or Pirates Game (DUH): ROOT FOR THE HOME (BEST) TEAM!

  • Cruise down the River in a Tiki Hut: yup..you heard me! Didn’t think the north could be tropical? You thought wrong!!

  • Andy Warhol Museum: Warhol fan? Check out his artwork at this unique museum!

  • Randyland: a quick drive from North Shore lies Pittsburgh most colorful public art!

Places to Eat:

  • Southern Tier Brewing Company: brews, burgers and besties! Grab your bestie, a killer veggie burger (or regular- I’ve had both) a good beer and get ready to cheer on the Pirates or Steelers!

  • Burgatory: I guess as the name suggests go here for a burger…..or go here for a burger AND a milkshake!!! There burgers were incredible but their milkshakes were one of a kind!

  • Steel Cactus: tacos + margaritas before a Pirates game? YES PLEASE. tacos + margaritas on taco Tuesday? YES PLEASE.

South Shore:


Things to do:

  • The Gateway Clipper: prefer to see the city from the river? The Gateway Clipper does all different types of sight seeing cruises.

  • The Duquesne Incline: the prettiest panorama view of the city of Pittsburgh. You can’t beat it!

  • Shop at Station Square: I don’t know about you, but I am always down to shop!

Places to Eat:

  • Vue 412: good food + good views, great decision

Go Steelers!

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Kylee Smith