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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Brewery
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“8-minute drive. Lawrenceville. 19th century church converted into a microbrewery and restaurant, perhaps the first such venture in this area. Beer brewed on the former altar. Big place, varied menu, a fun place for a special occasion. Nice courtyard.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“homemade thin crust pizza & homemade pasta. favorite is the pizza with masscapone”
  • 36 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“83-seat single screen theater in a historic row house in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Each week they choose a theme and show movies to match. They serve locally made concessions and their famous all-natural popcorn, and have a huge selection of beer available on tap in the concession stand or in the adjoining bottle shop (Bierport).”
  • 30 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Here to see a broadway show? This is the place! Great prices, and a beautiful theater.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“Default, most frequented bar for whatever mood or outfit your wearing. You ABSOLUTELY MUST take a #brilloselfie in the mirror of the bright pink unisex bathroom near the kitchen entrance. People pile in 10 at a time, don't think twice about it. It's tradition. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Highland Park is a quiet residential area dominated by the vast, leafy park of the same name, with trails, a lake, picnic areas and the Victorian-style Entry Garden. The park is also home to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, featuring themed global habitats, polar bears and underwater viewing tunnels. Dining options in the area include relaxed bistros, cafes, and Thai and Italian restaurants.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Yum. Burgers, shakes and fries. What could be better? Made to order, from friendly staff, with an upscale sports bar feel (come here to watch the game--any game).”
  • 21 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“A 30 minute walk to a four screen theater that plays only the best new release films. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The crown jewel of the cultural scene in Pittsburgh - and my workplace. A beautiful rococo-style interior, and the Grammy -winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra cannot be beat. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Along with 22 bowling lanes in the heart of Lawrenceville, this venue also offers karaoke, DJs & the Upstairs Saloon, a bar & grill.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Intersection
“A handful of some higher-end stores including Sephora, Apple, Banana Republic, etc. This is a great activity for any day you're trying to do a little shopping and/or poke around some cute cafe's and shops, have lunch. Steel Cactus has great food, and the nightlife on Walnut street definitely exists for mostly the young professional crowd and beyond”
  • 24 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“My favorite spot for an excellent coffee and some quiet laptop work. Very sweet atmosphere.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Cure- One of my favorite dinner restaurants in Pittsburgh! Their specialty is house butchered and cured meats and a variety of pasta and entire dishes. Owner and chef, Justin Severino was just voted to have the best charcuterie board in the country. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“I recommend this place because it was one of the first coffee shops in the area and because of the great courtyard across the street where you can enjoy your beverage in the fresh air. The vibe here can be a bit stand offish to outsiders. I don't think it's intentional but I wouldn't come here to get a taste of the Pittsburgh friendliness. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Three gringos and an 8-legged culinary muse, who goes by the street name täkō, have brought the so-cal surf vibe to the steel city with south of the border force and fierce margaritas. easily one of our absolute favorites in town. If you like tacos this experience is amazing, Try the duck breast!!!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“Funky, fresh take on Mexican food. Big, cool space. Always a scene. Lots of beers on tap with the specialty being Big Azz margaritas which are 22 oz. (in a lot of different flavors, but never made with a cheap mix.) If you're out late, they're on sale after 10 pm. Huge burritos, good wings (try San Francisco.)”
  • 28 locals recommend