Pittsburgh is an underrated city and hidden gem in Western PA! We have done a few short trips there, which usually pertained to a night time activities, and found the city makes for a fantastic day or weekend trip.
Pancakes, bacon and eggs at Pamela’s is the way to go. Start your day off right with the floppiest of flapjacks! These pancakes are the thin, almost crispy type that can come topped with fruit or just maple syrup. There are three locations and we recommend you check out the one in Squirrel Hill. You can do some excellent walking and shopping when done.
Take the cable car (Duquesne Incline) up Mount Washington to the observatory deck, which gets you an amazing view of the city and all the bridges. I bet this view would also be awesome at sunset! Along the way up, we learned that the incline was completed in 1877 and used to carry cargo up and down the mountain.
Hit up the Strip District’s Smallman Galley, a restaurant incubator program that showcases food entrepreneurs. There are currently four restaurants and a bar in here and you will find something for everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed the bahn mi at Banhmilicious and mayyyybe several adult beverages.
In the afternoon, check out the Carnegie Museums. There are four different museums including the Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Science Center. We only had the chance to check out two, the Museum of Art and Natural History. The dinosaur exhibit in the Museum of Natural History was memorable and while I’m no art buff, the different exhibits in the Museum of Art were intriguing and covered a broad spectrum. We saw everything from paintings to photography to sculptures. Something pleasing for all eyes and attention spans!
There’s a handful of tasty restaurants on the Southside of Pittsburgh, but if you’re looking for a classic, check out Mallorca, which has been a Pittsburgh staple for over 25 years. Mallorca is a Spanish restaurant featuring a seafood heavy tapas style dinner. Go for the Paella dish and be sure to try the octopus and sausage dishes. It makes for a great meal before your nightly entertainment.
If the weather is nice and something you like is playing, we highly recommend the Stage A&E, a wonderful outdoor amphitheater and home to many concerts. The lawn is on an incline and the acoustics are great. If you’re not into music, try and catch a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game at the PPG Paints Arena (formerly Consol Energy Center). The reigning consecutive Stanley Cup champions lineup features one of hockey’s best, Sidney Crosby.
Pittsburgh is a fun city that we’re looking forward to returning too, perhaps long enough to do some hiking!