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Inventive vegan fare with deep Eastern European influences, like soups, pierogis and fruit tarts. Also, cocktails with housemade shrubs and syrups. 4606 Penn Ave.,

Bantha Tea Bar
A funky spot whose décor combines reclaimed materials with a Moroccan/Star Wars aesthetic offers a selection of unique teas, plus coffee and light snacks. 5002 Penn Ave., 412-404-8359

Commonplace Voluto
This bright and airy coffee shop is great for taking a meeting, hanging with friends, or watching the world go by from a sidewalk table. 5467 Penn Ave., Garfield, 412-661-3000

Gluten Free Goat Bakery and Café
Specializing in fresh café fare that accommodates dietary restrictions. Pop in for a vegan donut, or a grab-and-go lentil salad. 4905 Penn Ave., Garfield,  412-362-1600

People’s Indian Restaurant
A longtime fixture of the avenue, this spot offers popular curries, rice dishes and more, in a warm, casual setting. The lunch buffet is a bargain. 5147 Penn Ave., Garfield, 412-661-3160

Pho Minh
This welcoming no-frills storefront eatery offers freshly prepared, well-priced Vietnamese cuisine, including spring rolls, pho and rice- and noodle-based entrees. 4917 Penn Ave., Garfield, 412-661-7443

Spak Brothers
This popular to-go spot offers freshly made pizzas, sandwiches, calzones and other snack-food options. The menu offers plenty for vegetarians and vegans, including seitan wings. 5107 Penn Ave., Garfield, 412-362-7725

This restaurant combines a rotating selection of small plates, including pastas, charcuterie and salads, with craft beers and cocktails, all in a lively, contemporary setting. 5430 Penn Ave., Friendship, 412-441-1700

Dine in the heart of Bloomfield, in this restored former bar space. Contemporary fare, with an Italian influence, plus a well-respected cocktail program. 4744 Liberty Ave., 412-251-0540

Long before there were meat-centric gourmet burgers, there was Tessaro’s generous house-made patty. Dine in the lively barroom, or in one of the quieter back rooms. 4601 Liberty Ave., 412-682-6809


A classic dark and smoky bar, where budget drinkers rule the stools, day and night. 4755 Liberty Ave., 412-681-3967

Nico’s Recovery Room
Relax the day away at the bar, and maybe grab some Greek-inspired diner food. Saturday-night karaoke is late-night lively fun. 178 Pearl St., 412-681-9562

Pollock’s Café
There are not many no-theme taverns around, but here you’ll find low-cost basic beers, a jukebox of rock, and regulars holding forth at the bar. 4602 Liberty Ave., 412-682-1460

Sharp Edge Beer Emporium

Belgian beers are the focus at this longtime pub-style bar tucked into the corner of Friendship and East Liberty. Dozens of taps allow you to try something new every time. 302 S. St. Clair St., Friendship, 412-661-3537

Silky’s Pub
A good place to watch the game in a quieter neighborhood bar. Sidewalk seating in the warmer weather. 5135 Liberty Ave., 412-683-6141


Linea Verde
An old-fashioned green grocer where the offerings — vegetables, fruit, plants, Italian cookies and even pottery — spill invitingly onto the sidewalk. 4619 Liberty Ave., 412-687-0400

The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore
Activism is the new brunch, and you can get up to speed here, with a big selection of left-leaning (and beyond) reading material. Plus, coffee. 4812 Liberty Ave., 412-687-4323

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Pittsburgh Glass Center

Daily Bread / Refresh
Keep your street style fresh at these neighboring storefronts: one offers the locally created fashion of Daily Bread (caps, T-shirts), while Refresh is a gallery/store for vintage athletic wear. 5450 Penn Ave., Friendship,

Farm and Forest
A place for house plants, classes about plants (build a mini succulent garden), and charming home décor, including toys made from reclaimed wood. 5437 Penn Ave., Garfield,

Juke Records
Vinyl never died in Pittsburgh. Pop in to browse new and vintage black platters (plus some CDs) of rock, jazz and indie. 4526 Liberty Ave., 412-621-3256

Kathmandu Artifacts
Stop by for an eclectic selection of clothing, housewares, accessories and more, imported from the Himalayan region — everything from incense burners to embroidered yoga pillows. 4625 Liberty Ave., 412-742-4461

Overcast Skate Shop
Hey skaters! Do you need shoes, T-shirts, videos or an awesomely painted deck? This locally owned shop can hook you up. 4116 Main St., 412-701-4116

Robin’s Nest Gift Shop
Specializing in locally made arts and crafts, drop in for goods such as jewelry, pottery, accessories, decor and more. 5504 Penn Ave., Friendship, 412-362-2600

A great source for one-of-a-kind hip men’s wear, with lots of vintage picks, like jeans, athletic jackets, plaid shirts and accessories. 4124 Main St., Instagram: @royalpittsburgh

Songbird Artistry
A charming store that offers Pittsburgh-themed gift items, T-shirts, toys and jewelry inspired by favorite TV shows and movies. Also: craft classes. 4316 Penn Ave., 412-427-5500

White Whale Books
Cozy corner bookstore, with a well-curated selection of new, used and local work. Also hosts poetry events, author visits and other literary community happenings. 4754 Liberty Ave., 412-224-2847


Alloy Studios
Two studio spaces, run by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, hold public events like classes, workshops, dance performances and spoken-word shows. Rentable for events. 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship, 412-363-3000

This nonprofit community space gets kids tapped into maker culture, through craft, art and tech classes and projects. STEAM ahead! 4824 Penn Ave., Garfield,

BoxHeart Gallery
Established storefront gallery for contemporary works, in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and mixed forms. 4523 Liberty Ave., 412-687-8858

Center for PostNatural History
This storefront venue explores our relationship with genetically modified plants and animals. Intriguing enough to seek out its limited hours. 4913 Penn Ave., Garfield,

Level Up Studios
A multi-faceted arts space that offers dance classes, gallery space, creative writing, design and more; inspired by hip-hop culture and community engagement. 4836 Penn Ave.,

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Part classroom, part gallery: Learn to make art glass, or just admire the work of professionals at regular exhibits. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship, 412-365-2145

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Farm and Forest

Silver Eye Center for Photography
Long-running gallery devoted to contemporary photographic arts, now in a new location. 4808 Penn Ave., 412-431-1810

Spinning Plate Gallery
This Friendship gallery hosts a variety of local artists and events that incorporate artistic mediums together. Stop by on second Saturdays to take in some culture. 5821 Baum Blvd., Friendship,

An art-gallery crawl, often with bonus music, food and retail tie-ins, held on the first Friday evening of the month. Penn Avenue.

Workshop PGH
A relaxed classroom space to learn crafts, like woodworking, shibori dyeing, printmaking, leather work, sewing and more. 5122 Penn Ave.,


A no-frills storefront joint where you can catch everything from old punk, new punk and weird rockabilly to indie bands, alt-country and tribute nights. 4509 Liberty Ave., 412-682-0320

Like its namesake, it’s a mix: dance nights, local-music shows, plus a café that offers craft cocktails, smoothies, small bites and coffee. 4907 Penn Ave., Garfield, 412-661-1727

The Mr. Roboto Project
It used to be a bar, but now it’s a DIY, all-ages straight-edge space that hosts mostly indie, punk and hardcore bands. 5106 Penn Ave., 412-345-1059

The Shop
Looking to catch just-about-to-blow-up national bands, experimental local noise acts and the like? This is the spot. 4314 Main St.,