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You're Going to Love Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a down to earth, welcoming city that has something for almost everyone.

Part of the attraction lies in Pittsburgh’s culture. With one of the U.S.A.’s largest collections of theater companies, the Three Rivers Film Festival, a world-class symphony orchestra, and a respected ballet company, Pittsburgh is a cultural powerhouse.

But high culture isn’t the only appeal. You can join the masses as they cheer on the Steelers NFL team, take craft brewery tours, dine on mountains of Polish dumplings at superb restaurants like Pierogies Plus, or watch indie bands perform at venues like the Smiling Moose.

To top it off, Pittsburgh is located in a beautiful setting. Located at the point the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela rivers meet, the parks and hills of Pittsburgh offer incredible photo opportunities.

With beauty, culture, and good, honest fun to enjoy, Pittsburgh is a city that’s well worth exploring.

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What to do in Pittsburgh

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Carnegie Science Center
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When to Visit Pittsburgh

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Late summer is definitely the best time to visit Pittsburgh. The heat of July and August gives way to a pleasant warmth in September, and events like the Vintage Grand Prix offer plenty to do. Otherwise, spring is a good alternative (although it can be quite rainy), with major events like the Pittsburgh Folk Festival.

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How to Get to Pittsburgh

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Where to Stay in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh isn’t a huge city (at around 800,000 inhabitants), but it does have a number of different districts to choose from. Some of the best hotels are in the Downtown area. Try the Omni William Penn Hotel for accommodation in a historic property, or the Marriott City Center for an efficient modern option. Student areas like the East End are a good place to find budget accommodation. Try the Shadyside Inn Suites for self-catering apartments or the Quality Inn University Center. But the best views are probably found at South Side hotels like the Morning Glory Inn, a traditional bed & breakfast.

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Shopping Streets

Pittsburgh has a number of lively shopping districts with small independent stores and larger chains jostling for the attention of visitors. South Side is probably the best place to look for fashion bargains. Head to Station Square for apparel stores like Morini and accessory stores like Accentricity. Fifth Avenue Place is a busy mall in Downtown, while in eastern Pittsburgh, the Strip hosts a clutch of contemporary design stores in the 16:62 Design Zone.

Groceries and Other

Finding supermarkets in Pittsburgh is never a problem, and there are plenty of places to buy groceries and other essentials in every part of town. Major chains include Kmart and Walmart but the best places to buy food are smaller places like Weiss Brothers butchers or the Shadyside Market and Deli. The city isn’t too expensive. Expect to pay about $2.65 for 12 eggs and $14 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a diverse dining scene, thanks to waves of immigration from the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Russia, and, more recently, Asia and Latin America. The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is a great place to go for Polish dishes like pierogi, the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh serves massive German lagers and sausages, while Meat & Potatoes serves honest American specialities. For up-market gourmet dishes, try popular spots like Nicky’s Thai Kitchen or the bistro at Avenue B, where the seafood and salads are exceptional. Meals tend to cost around $15 for a medium-range meal, up to $50-100 for something more classy.

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