Visitor's Guide

Members of the DLF Forum Planning Committee who know and love Pittsburgh have put together a few of their favorite things to do, see, and eat in the city. Check back soon for organized outings, tours, and dinners from the Social Subcommittee!

Exhibitions and Pittsburgh History

Sports & Fitness

Geography & Nature

Downtown Local Shops

Downtown Public Art

  • Self-guided downtown public art walk:
    • Gateway Center T Stop
    • Strawberry Way
    • Ever-blooming Magnolias, Penn and 7th

Downtown Architecture

Interesting Nearby Neighborhoods

Specialty Food Information


Check out Pittsburgh Magazine’s guide to the Best of 2017, or try one of the Local Committee’s favorites:

  • Bakersfield ($)
    Mexican street fare and over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys.
    940 Penn Ave.
    (412) 586-5024
  • Bluebird Kitchen 
    Artisan sandwiches, salads and pastries to go.
    221 Forbes Ave.
    (412) 642-4414
  • Bea Taco Town 
    633 Smithfield St.
    (412) 471-8361
  • Butcher and the Rye 
    Features an “extensive whiskey collection and creative menu, which offers contemporary riffs on rustic American dishes” (restaurant’s website)
    212 6th St.
    (412) 391-2752
  • Colony Cafe 
    Coffee shop, bar, small plates, pastries…and cats! Pittsburgh’s first (and only) cat cafe. Hour-long time slots can be reserved to hang out in the downstairs area for drinks and snacks under the watchful eye of lounging (adoptable!) rescue cats above.
    1125 Penn Ave.
    (412) 586-4850
  • The Commoner 
    “American classics with a touch of the unexpected.” (Restaurant’s website)
    458 Strawberry Way
    (412) 230-4800
  • Emporio: A Meatball Joint 
    Meatball sandwiches abound. Don’t forget the tater tots! Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
    942 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
    (412) 281-2810
  • Franktuary 
    Hot dogs, poutine, fresh-cut fries, salads, and sandwiches. Gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options available.
    115 Forbes Ave, Market Square
    (412) 281-0115
  • Il Pizzaiolo 
    Neapolitan style Wood fired pizza and other entrees. Great cocktails and a good selection of beer and wine.
    8 Market Square
  • Meat & Potatoes
    “Modern gastropub making elevated comfort food, eclectic brunch items & inventive mixed drinks.” (Google)
    649 Penn Ave.
  • Nicky’s Thai Kitchen 
    Voted the Best Thai restaurant by the City Paper, Nicky’s cuisine is fresh, flavorful and delightful.
    903 Penn Ave.
    (412) 471-8424
  • NOLA on the Square 
    Creole-inspired dishes like jambalaya and a lively atmosphere straight out of New Orleans. Gluten-free and Vegan/Vegetarian options available. (Reservations recommended. Open Table provides the most up-to-date availability.)
    24 Market Square
    (412) 471-9100
  • The Original Oyster House [CASH ONLY]
    Opened in 1870, this Pittsburgh institution is best known for its fried-fish sandwich and its tenured staff. Sorry Vegetarians, you will have to sit this one out.
    20 Market Square
    (412) 566-7925
  • Pork and Beans 
    Texas-style barbecue and local craft beers.
    136 6th St.
    (412) 338-1876
  • Primanti Brothers 
    Original home of the legendary Pittsburgh sandwich shop where fries always come ON your sandwich since 1933. Menu may vary slightly by location.
    46 18 th St. (Strip District-the original restaurant and local institution)
    2 South Market Square (Downtown – a closer option)
    (412) 263-2142
  • Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room 
    Upscale Pizza and pasta joint with a great beer list. Also serves brunch and lunch.
    139 7th Street
    (412) 281-5700
  • Sharp Edge Bistro 
    Burgers and pub food, featuring 36 taps and over 200 bottles of Belgian and Craft beers.
    922 Penn Ave.
    (412) 338-2437
  • Sienna Mercato 
    Three restaurants under one roof: Emporio (gourmet meatballs, veggie balls, poutine), Mezzo (house made charcuterie, wood-fired pizzas, creative pastas), and Il Tetto (rooftop beer garden).
    942 Penn Ave.
    (412) 281-2810
  • Täkō 
    Inventive Mexican street food & margaritas. (Reservations recommended.)
    214 6th St.
    (412) 471-8256 

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