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Arts + Culture
The Manor Theatre (manorpgh.com) is a small local cinema that shows blockbusters and independent movies. They serve beer and cocktails, too.
Food+DrinkChengdu Gourmet (chengdugourmetpittsburgh.com) is the hot spot — literally — for spicy Sichuan cuisine. Its extensive menu includes many Chinese dishes less common in the U.S.
Grab some hand-pulled-and-slapped noodles from Everyday Noodles (everydaynoodles.net), where you can watch the action through glass windows.
Stock up on colorful macarons from Gaby Y Jules (gabyetjules.com) — so light and airy — and classic desserts, croissants, and breads.
For those with food sensitivities, Gluuteny (gluuteny.com) is a bakery that specializes in gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes and cookies.
Green Pepper (greenpepperpgh.com) is your family-run spot for spicy kimchi pancakes, bibimbop, bulgogi, and other Korean specialties.
Hidden Harbor (hiddenharborpgh.com) offers a relaxed tiki vibe and fruit-infused cocktails to match. Next door is Independent Brewing Company (independentpgh.com) where regional beer is paramount. The casual, open-air design encourages hanging out with friends.
Nu (nujewishbistro.com) is like the love child of a buffet and full-service diner. It offers sit-down, plated meals with bonus bites of Jewish cuisine.
Waffallonia (waffallonia.com) offers deliciously light Belgian waffles topped with fruit, chocolate, and ice cream.
Attention string-pluckers: Head to Acoustic Music Works (acousticmusicworks.com) for that guitar, mandolin, banjo, or ukulele you need.
Smart — and fashionable — shoppers know to check Avalon Exchange (avalonexchange.com) first. It specializes in quality used clothing, most of it recent, but there are some kicky vintage pieces too.
There is still a market for playing games while interacting with your friends, not your phone. Head to Games Unlimited (gamesunl.com) for board and card games or a jigsaw puzzle.
The impressive collection of affordable vinyl at Jerry’s Records (jerrysrecords.com) draws music enthusiasts from around the world.
Littles Shoes (littlesshoes.com) has been around for decades and helped generations of Pittsburghers — men, women, and children — find the right fit.
Sara’s Pets and Plants (saraspetsandplants.com) is a small, independent shop offering both plants and pet products. You can also adopt a new tiny friend — the shop has a partnership with local animal shelter Humane Animal Rescue. Get exotic reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.