Tuesday, November 27, 2012

pittsburgh i love you

as many of you who've been reading this blog for a while may already know, I am definitely a transplant to the city of pittsburgh. i moved to the area in 2006 from germany, to be with my husband who grew up here. in so many ways i have grown to feel like a true pittsburgher and that is mostly due to the people that live here. when visiting the burgh you will quickly find that its residents are some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet. and if that's not enough the beauty of the city will surely make you want to spend a lot of time here.

when my best friend melanie came in for a short visit last week we obviously had to show her what this beautiful city has to offer and while a day is definitely not long enough to see it all, it still allows you to get a little taste for what pittsburgh is all about. 

the typical touristy thing to do (as are most of these suggestions) is to take the duquesne incline up mt.washington and get the best view of the city, 3 rivers and of course the many bridges. we do this every time someone from out of town comes in for a visit and they all love it!
 the incline opened in 1877 and the restored cable cars take you up and down mt.washington 7 days a week, all year around. we had the most awesome weather for a november day so the view was truly incredible. from the incline parking lot it's a short drive down to station square where you'll find restaurants including (if it's your thing) the hard rock cafe and a ton of shops as well as a few clubs to visit at night. 

if you come on the weekend your morning/early afternoon stop should be the historic strip market district with all of its hustle and bustle and amazing food. if you're looking for fresh produce, seafood, meats or ethnic foods you've come to the right place. wholey's lobster rolls are to die for and there is one of the famous primanti brothers restaurants right around the corner. if you want to stay on-the-go, street meat won't disappoint either ;) 

if you're looking for that funky and hip neighborhood, make sure to take a stroll through the south side (east carson street) to shop small boutiques, vintage shops and take a break at one of the many cafes and restaurants. nakama is one of our favorites for sushi and the full hibachi experience. if you're looking for pittsburgh's nightife the south side is also where you want to be. 

keep following carson street to get to the southside works for more shopping and restaurants like the hofbrÀuhaus - a truly authentic german experience! ok i'm just kidding! 
i also like to frequent the huge goodwill down there for some thrifting. it's ok if that's not your thing.

visit market square in downtown where you can currently find a european inspired christmas market, (can't wait to check that one out for authenticity) and the christmas tree and ice rink at ppg place

we had dinner at 6 penn kitchen which was good but we really recommend eating at a place called meat and potatoes. make sure to get a reservation at both places. 

more things to do in pittsburgh: 

visit the andy warhol museum (love that place) 
the children's museum will keep your kiddos busy (see my post here
see the birds at the national aviary
kennywood amusement park  
the waterfront for shopping, entertainment and movies 
university of pittsburgh campus and the nationality rooms at the cathedral of learning (super interesting and decorated for christmas) 
pittsburgh steelers at heinz field
pittsburgh pirates at pnc park
pittsburgh penguins at consol energy center 
shop at ikea 

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  1. Some of my closest college friends are from Pittsburgh!

    A dear sorority sister of mine held her wedding reception at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum; it was stunning, and so neat for guests to arrive there by cable car.

    I hope I'll be able to visit again someday. And if I do, I'll make sure to refer back to this guide! Love it. Thanks for sharing. And I'm so happy your friend had such a wonderful visit.

  2. I loooooooove your little post dedicated to Pittsburgh! Our city is great :)

  3. looks like a really beautiful city! love the bridges, thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful!
    Ps is that your husband? If so he looks SO different without glasses and a beanie! Super cute pics of you two!

  5. i'm born and raised here, never lived anywhere else even though the opportunity has come up several times. it thrills me to hear stories such as yours. so glad you are loving living here!

  6. Hooray for Pittsburgh transplants! I'm slowly discovering all the cool things there are to do in this city.

  7. warm my heart!! i love pittsburgh so much. i love your pic in front of the ppg skating rink. that's where my husband first asked me to be his girlfriend :) ahhh. so, so happy.

  8. so happy to have stumbled upon your blog -- i'm a pittsburgher, too! what a great highlight of the many wonderful things about our city!

  9. thanks for the suggestions of what to do in the 'burgh. i'll be moving there soon to be with my husband, who just moved a few months ago for his work! i can't wait to get out there again and check out some local sights. :)

  10. I love pittsburgh too! The Andy Warhol museum is SO cool. There is a ton of great art. People in my area of Pennsylvania act like Pittsburgh is awful and they say stuff like 'It's the worst, who wants to go there?' and my reaction is 'seriously, look around you, who wants to come HERE?' Anyhow I love this post, makes me wanna go back soon

    <3 katherine

  11. Girlfriend I GREW UP IN PITTSBURGH! Just moved out of the city two years ago to So Cal. SO CRAZY! PS I'm your newest follower. xoxo

  12. I live about 20 minutes from Pittsburgh,and I just want to say... Thank you for not saying "yinz" in this post!!!

    (Explanation for non-Pittsburgers: "yinz" is "Pittsburgese" for 'you guys', 'you people', 'everybody', etc.
    Example: Hey what are yinz guys doing today?)


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