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Alphabet City Bookstore
Alphabet City Bookstore


Arnold’s Tea Shop and Café
Roomy double-storefront serves hot and cold specialty teas, plus salads, soups, pastries and made-to-order sandwiches. 502 E. Ohio St., 412-322-2494

Benjamin’s Western Avenue Burger Bar
Informal but intimate spot features specialty cocktails and custom-blended burgers. 900 Western Ave., 412-224-2163

Bistro To Go
Homey café with outdoor patio serves “cross-cultural comfort food” from Cajun to Thai. 415 E. Ohio St., 412-231-0265

Try the chicken and waffles — or the fish and grits — at this Southern soul-food establishment. 917 Western Ave., 412-231-0100

Caselulla @ City of Asylum
In its first incarnation outside Manhattan, the renowned café specializes in choice wines and handmade cheeses, with a small-plates menu. 40 W. North Ave., 412-226-9740

Commonplace at the Mexican War Streets
One of the popular regional roastery’s more modestly scaled neighborhood coffeehouses. 1501 Buena Vista St., 724-427-5442

Unique in Pittsburgh, this is traditional Hungarian comfort food in a neighborhood-tavern setting; try the gypsy-style pork loin with bacon. 627 E. North Ave., 412-322-8795

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James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
Historic pub with diverse food and drinks menus also regularly features live music (specialty: jazz). 422 Foreland St., 412-904-3335

Legends of the North Shore
Popular stop for fettucine Alfredo, chicken cacciatore and other traditional Italian favorites. 500 E. North Ave., 412-321-8000

Lola Bistro
Unassuming neighborhood spot serves “gourmet comfort food” like ramp-leaf cavatelli and Scandinavian chicken pot pie. 1100 Gavleston Ave. 412-322-1106

Max’s Allegheny Tavern
From einlauf soup to weiner schnitzel, this family-style restaurant focuses on traditional German fare. 237 Suismon St., 412-231-1899

Nicky’s Thai
There’s pad Thai, curry and much more, including patio seating as weather permits, at this spot for traditional Thai. 854 Western Ave., 412-321-8424

Unassuming walk-up restaurant’s extensive menu features Nepalese food alongside more familiar Chinese and Indian offerings. 700 Cedar Ave., 412-586-5764

Wilson’s Bar B-Q
Neighborhood institution serves Southern-style pork ribs, chicken and sides, mostly for takeout. 700 N. Taylor St., 412-322-7427


Allegheny City Brewery
Barrel-aged imperial stouts, sours and more, brewed on site, are just one attraction at this cozy neighborhood taproom. 507 Foreland St., 412-904-3732

Jerome Bettis Grille 36
The Steelers’ Hall of Fame halfback owns this capacious establishment offering steaks, salads, sandwiches, signature cocktails and more. 393 North Shore Drive, 412-224-6287

The Modern Café
Heinz Field is walking distance from this friendly neighborhood spot with a solid draft selection and good sandwiches. 862 Western Ave. 412-321-4550

Monterey Pub
The expansive pub-style menu, and the mostly Irish beers on tap, set the tone as this storied neighborhood spot. 1227 Monterey St., 412-322-6535

Park House Tavern
Pouring since Prohibition ended, this neighborhood landmark offers free popcorn and peanuts, and live music including Wednesday bluegrass jams. 403 E. Ohio St., 412-224-2273

Penn Brewery
This pioneering craft brewery, housed in an actual 19th-century brewery, offers German-style beers and contemporary and traditional German cuisine. 800 Vinial St., 412-237-9400

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Southern Tier Brewing Company

Rivers Casino
Located right on the river, Pittsburgh’s resident casino complements its games of chance with multiple dining options and a full calendar of live entertainment. 777 Casino Drive, 412-231-7777

Rivertowne North Shore
Expect a sports-bar vibe at this local chain, with extensive pub grub and its own locally brewed beer. 337 North Shore Drive, 412-322-5000

Southern Tier Brewing Company
The craft brewer’s first establishment outside its upstate New York home features a spacious interior, attractive décor, a pub-style menu and those signature drafts. 316 North Shore Drive, 412-301-2337

Wigle Barrelhouse
This local craft distillery makes award-winning spirits, specializing in ryes made with local grains. Stop by for a cocktail, or a bottle. (Also available at its Strip location at 2410 Smallman St.) 1055 Spring Garden Ave.,


Allegheny City Market
Fresh produce, deli sandwiches and more are the attraction at this specialty grocer with an old-school neighborhood feel. 1327 Arch St., 412-321-4021

Alphabet City Bookstore
Works in translation and by local authors are two specialties of this carefully curated new store, run by City of Asylum. 40 W. North Ave.,

City Books
A classic storefront bookshop, featuring mostly used volumes and the occasional visiting author. 908 Galveston Ave.,

Tom Friday’s Market
In business since 1955, this neighborhood butcher’s calls itself the last place in town to carry fresh hanging sides of beef. 3639 California Ave., Brighton Heights, 412-766-4500


Alphabet City
Nonprofit City of Asylum’s hub for a full calendar of literary readings and concerts, complete with its own bookstore and wine-and-cheese café. 40 W. North Ave.,

The Andy Warhol Museum
This internationally known seven-story museum offers a thorough account of this native son’s life and work, plus temporary shows by kindred spirits. 117 Sandusky St., 412-237-8300

Bicycle Heaven
Bikes and memorabilia dating to the 1800s are on display at this unique, warehouse-sized display, which even includes a repair shop for contemporary two-wheelers. 1800 Preble Ave., 412-734-4034

Carnegie Science Center
This family venue supplements its hands-on exhibits teaching physics, chemistry and nature, with a sports-themed annex, an Omnimax theater highlight and special events. 1 Allegheny Ave., 412-237-3400

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Please-touch exhibits and interactive artwork fill this popular venue. 10 Children’s Way, 412-322-5059

Mattress Factory Museum
Artists from around the world (and around the block) have exhibited installation art at this internationally known museum. 500 Sampsonia Way, 412-231-3169

National Aviary of Pittsburgh
A unique bird zoo exhibiting more than 120 species, from African penguins to endangered Andean condors, with free-flight rooms and a virtual-reality flight simulator. 700 Arch St., 412-323-7235

New Hazlett Theater
Venerable venue hosts theater, dance and its own subscription-based performance series. 6 Allegheny Square East, 412-320-4610

Photo Antiquities
The current exhibit, with some 260 photos and artifacts pertaining to Abraham Lincoln, is a high point for this long-running museum of photographic history. 531 E. Ohio St., 412-231-7881

Quintessential Pittsburgh character Randy Gilson is as much the attraction as the art and found objects at his singularly colorful museum/backyard. 1501 Arch St., 412-342-8152


Heinz Field
A few times each year, the home of the Steelers and Pitt Panthers makes room for gigundo tours by the likes of U2, Beyoncé and Kenny Chesney. 100 Art Rooney Ave., 412-697-7700

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Intimate venue, run by a venerable arts group, features internationally touring jazz acts. 1815 Metropolitan St., 412-322-1773

Stage AE
The indoor/outdoor venue on the riverfront hosts mid-sized touring acts from The Shins to Wilco and Sigur Ros. 400 North Shore Drive, 412-229-5483