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From a visitor’s perspective, Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods can be divided into a handful of categories: north, south, east, and downtown. The city’s central business district, home to a number of corporate-friendly restaurants and hotels, separates the upscale North Side and its museums from the traditionally blue-collar South Side, a neighborhood filled with ethnic eateries. The East End contains many of the city’s hospitals and universities, while Mount Washington is best known for a funicular railway that offers excellent views over Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Neighborhoods


Pittsburgh’s business district contains many of the city’s big-name chain hotels as well as a number of classic steakhouses and cocktail bars that cater to the suit-and-tie set. A note to those booking hotels: the neighborhood is lively during the day, but dead at night and on weekends.

North Side

Separated from Pittsburgh’s downtown by the Allegheny River, the North Side includes both residential neighborhoods and a number of cultural attractions – the Children’s Museum, Heinz Field, the Mexican War Streets (a Victorian neighborhood with streets named after the Mexican-American war), and the Andy Warhol Museum – plus a number of stylish new restaurants, wine bars, and breweries.

South Side

The South Side, a traditionally industrial district, encompasses the restored entertainment complex of Station Square, and a slew of ethnic restaurants and bars that attract a young bohemian crowd and graduate students in pursuit of inexpensive cocktails. The waterfront park on the Monongahela river is a haven for joggers and picnickers.

Strip District

The south shore of the Allegheny River is known as the Strip District, a neighborhood rife with art galleries and independently run clothing boutiques. This up-and-coming area is still somewhat off the tourist track, giving travelers a chance to discover something that’s not yet listed in guidebooks.

East End

Shadyside (a well-to-do neighborhood featuring boutique hotels and restaurants), Oakland (home to the Carnegie Art and Natural History museums), and Squirrel Hill (an area of the city known for its cafes) are a few of the better-known neighborhoods situated on the east side of Pittsburgh’s downtown. The University of Pittsburgh, several major attractions (including the Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium), and most of the city’s hospitals, are also located on this side of the city.

Mount Washington

Travelers ride the Duquesne Incline (a funicular railway) to the top of Mount Washington, which rises 400 hundred feet over the city to offer unparalleled views of Pittsburgh (and romantic sunsets too). Since the funicular railway is the area’s main attraction, there are fewer tourist-oriented restaurants here and the neighborhood has a pleasantly laid-back vibe.

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