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South Side + Vicinity


Benny Fierro’s
If you’re looking for a pizza spot with good-sized pies and a craft-soda collection for the ages, look no further. 1906 E. Carson St., 412-709-6077

Big Dog Coffee
You can indulge in some tasty gelato as you get your caffeine fix for the day. The back patio is also perfect for bringing your pup for a coffee date. 2717 Sarah St., 412-586-7306

Delanie’s Coffee
With great breakfast sandwiches, fresh juices and excellent coffee, Delanie’s is a wonderful spot for working, or catching up with an old friend. 1737 E. Carson St., 412-927-4030

Doce Taqueria
This hole-in-the-wall spot has got the tacos you crave — from basic (meat, lettuce, cheese) to more off-beat (a tuna-salad taco for Lent). Low prices mean you can order plenty. 1220 E. Carson St., 412-238-8518

Gabriella’s Gourmet
Under new management, this is a warm, welcoming spot that has amazing specials. The chicken and greens are absolutely to die for, and the price makes it worth the stop. 301 E. Carson St., 412-481-4227

La Palapa
You will have pleasant dreams about the veggie-friendly tamales, sopapilla and Jarritos selection here. Real-deal Mexican cuisine. 1925 E. Carson St., 412-586-7015

Leon’s Caribbean Food
Leon’s is a quiet little storefront in Allentown, but the food inside has real flair. This spot has outrageously good curry goat and oxtail stew. It’s authentic. 823 E. Warrington Ave., 412-431-5366

Onion Maiden
Scoot up to Allentown for some of the world’s best all-vegan comfort food and a great pun-filled menu. The Emperor Palpatots are a must, as well as the amazing dessert selection. 639 E. Warrington Ave., 412-586-7347

This kitschy vegan brunch spot never disappoints, but I do recommend wearing loose fitting clothing and bringing a hearty appetite. 86 S. 26th St., 412-481-4833


Dee’s Cafe
It’s really hard to beat Dee’s $1.75 draft specials, and the seven pool tables mean less waiting for one to open up. There’s also free WiFi if you wanna work from home (wink, wink). 1314 E. Carson St., 412-431-1314

If you’re looking for a mellow spot to play pool, enjoy affordable brews and avoid some of the college-y bars in the South Side, Jack’s is the spot. It opens at 7 a.m., and that’s when it starts serving the chili dogs. 1117 E. Carson St., 412-431-3644

Jekyll & Hyde
This bar is Halloween-themed year round. The specialty drinks here are tasty, the service is great, and the decor is simply sinful. 140 S. 18th St., 412-488-0777

The Library
Literature nerds who love niche beers have a home here. There are seriously over 80 microbrews available, and it’s a great place to unwind after a long day of work. 2302 E. Carson St., 412-381-0517

Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe
There are few things in this world as bliss-inducing as drinking a Tour de 75, eating some seitan wings and hanging out in a low-key bar in a lively neighborhood. Do it at OTB. 2518 E. Carson St., 412-381-3693

Piper’s Pub
A British Isles-inspired pub, with whiskey, beer, Scotch eggs and Euro football on the telly. Next door is the Pub Chip Shop, for savory pies, fish and chips, and donuts. 1828 E. Carson St., 412-381-2797


125SF Gallery
This is the smallest gallery in Pittsburgh — it’s literally only 125 square feet, as the name implies. The current exhibition features small photos of big buildings (from the Stan Ries Photography collection in NYC). Fitting! 1931 Sidney St., 412-390-4040

Black Forge Coffeehouse
Each month or so, Black Forge, in Allentown, features different installations from various artists. Find everything from plant- and bone-based art to paintings, photographs and street art. It’s also a venue for musicians, and the coffee’s great too. 1206 Arlington Ave., 412-291-8994

Fireborn Studios
Pottery, handblown glass and jewelry from more than 50 artists are available for viewing and purchasing. You can also take pottery classes and private lessons here. 2338 Sarah St., 412-488-6835

Vessel Studio
This glass-art studio features all sorts of cool pieces for decor and functionality. Vessel also has events throughout the year to learn how to blow glass. 117 S. 16th St., 412-779-2471

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Highway Robbery


Club Café
From folk to jazz to funk and more, this gem off East Carson Street is a great place to catch local shows, as well as gigs by national touring acts. 56 S. 17th St., 412-431-4950

Rex Theater
This larger-capacity venue is home to fun, because it houses everything from storytelling events like The Moth to rock gigs and beyond. 1602 E. Carson St., 412-381-6811

The Smiling Moose
With early all-ages shows upstairs and 21-and-older gigs later in the evening on both floors, the Moose is a versatile venue to catch a show. And the food is awesome. 1306 E. Carson St., 412-431-4668


Commonwealth Press
These folks are obsessed with the ’Burgh, punk rock, fun and really good screen-printing. Get awesome goodies at the shop, i.e. pierogie pillows and “Keep Pittsburgh Shitty” T-shirts. 2315 Wharton St., 412-431-4207

Highway Robbery
This spot is a treasure trove for finding awesome vintage clothes and accessories, and the expert curation makes it feel like fun instead of work. 1411 E. Carson St., 412-251-0818

Shop 412
This store is full of Pittsburgh-themed goodies for the well-dressed sports fan, as well as street-wear and casual-wear enthusiasts. Shop 412 makes hometown pride look sleek. 420 S. 27th St., 412-586-7507

Thick Bikes
Long live independent bike stores! With super helpful staff and a nice selection, you can acquire a new bike, fix your old bike, or snag a new helmet and riding gear at a reasonable price. 62 S. 15th St., 412-390-3590

Other Spots of Interest

Get fit by stretching and clambering your way up, down and across 10,000 square feet of indoor climbing walls. Also, cross-training and yoga. Fun for the whole family. 2141 Mary St., 412-745-2141

Bandi Schaum Community Garden
If you live in the neighborhood and are hungry for community interaction and fresh greens (or some green-thumb therapy), consider applying for a plot in the South Side Slopes community garden. 2165 Mission St.,

City Theatre
This longstanding theater group offers a regular slate of contemporary plays, including those with topical, political or off-beat themes. 1300 Bigham St., 412-431-2489

SouthSideWorks Cinema
Sometimes you just want to escape real life and get sucked into a film, and it’s easy to do so at this multi-screen theater. 425 Cinema Drive, 412-381-1681