TCBL Recommends: 48 Hours in Pittsburgh - Guest Post
What’s up Cleveland?! I’m Lauren, a Pittsburgh local and the creator of Burghologie— a girl’s guide to Pittsburgh. I’m swinging by to share my recommendations for a quick 48 hours in the Steel City… and maybe (hopefully) talk you into planning a trip to this awesome place I call home.
I know you’re thinking it… Pittsburgh? Why would I possibly want to visit Pittsburgh? Well first off, us small (but mighty) rust belt cities have to stick together! Secondly, Pittsburgh has been making some major moves when it comes to dining, culture, and entertainment. There’s TONS of amazing food, things to see, pictures to take, and fun to be had here. Plus, it’s only about an hour and a half drive and Pittsburgh is a pretty affordable city. That makes for a super easy weekend escape. With that said, let’s jump into it!
Where to Stay:
No matter where you stay in and around Pittsburgh, you’re only a short drive from some of the best neighborhoods, restaurants, and entertainment. If you prefer the Airbnb route here’s a few unique options to check out:
If you’d rather stick with a legit hotel, here’s a few one-of-a-kind boutique hotels to browse:
The Ace Hotel - East End
Hotel Indigo - East End
TRYP Pittsburgh- Lawrenceville
How to Get Around:
Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods are a bit spread out, so I recommend either renting a car or ridesharing around town! (Pro Tip: Lyft tends to be the cheaper option in Pittsburgh.) The Port Authority bus system is also available if you’re willing to dedicate some time to waiting at bus stops and planning out routes. Use Google maps to navigate the routes and stops.
Part 1: Friday (You made it!)
Whether it’s cold or warm weather, I recommend making your first stop in Pittsburgh all about the scenery.
Head to Mt. Washington to take in the views. (I personally think the views of the city are more stunning in the daylight, especially in the evening light!)
Ride the incline. (Note: you want the Monongahela Incline NOT the Duquesne Incline.)
Take a stroll over the Smithfield Street Bridge into Downtown.
Make a stop at Millie’s in Market Square for an ice cream cone. (Summer)
Warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate at Nicholas Coffee & Tea Co. (Winter)
Go ice skating at PPG Place. (Winter)
Downtown Dinner Recommendations:
Pre-or-post dinner drinks:
Sienna Mercato (Summer or winter)
Part 2: Saturday Morning
Head right to the strip to eat and browse:
First Stop: An old-school breakfast at a local staple, Pamela’s Diner!
Walk up and down Penn Ave. and take in all the sights and aromas of the Strip District. You’ll find tons of produce, baked goods, fresh flowers, and tons of homemade specialty foods. Grab some goodies to take home!
Before you leave grab a mid-morning pick-me-up at La Prima. They have the best espresso in Pittsburgh.
Part 2.2: Saturday afternoon
Part 2.3: Saturday Night
Check out the craft beer scene at one of these local breweries:
Enjoy dinner at one of these great restaurants:
American-ish: The Vandal
Italian- Piccolo Forno (BYOB)
Thai- Noodlehead (BYOB)
Hit up a show at Benedum Center or Heinz Hall. (Just be sure to take a look at tickets in advance!)
Part 3: Sunday Morning
Grab a pastry and a coffee from La Gourmadine Bakery. Then hit the road to head home and tell all your friends why they should visit Pittsburgh!
All images are credited to Lauren at Burghologie.