Pittsburgh is a patchwork of neighborhoods that have been influenced by many different cultures. For a quick look at some of the top neighborhoods see below; For an expert look at Pittsburgh go to City Guide: City of Neighborhoods.
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Strip District and Lawrenceville
The center of Pittsburgh nightlife, the Strip District is home to numerous dance clubs, bars, and lounges. During the daytime, it's a thriving commercial district filled with international markets, fresh produce, and the famous Benkovitz fish market. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are the best time to shop, as the streets and sidewalks are lined with merchants and food stands.
Lawrenceville is situated between the Strip District and Bloomfield/Oakland area and is home to the newly built Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. This is "the" neighorbood that young people are flocking to. A little less pricey then Shadyside, but it still has all the hip, trendy bars and restaurant and plenty of art galleries.
Shadyside and Squirrel Hill
Shadyside is a quaint and sophisticated neighborhood, located a few minutes from the UPMC Presbyterian and next to UPMC Shadyside Hospital. The area is popular among residents, who appreciate its proximity to work and to the many shops and restaurants on Walnut Street. visit Think Shadyside, the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce website for more information about this unique neighborhood.
Located adjacent to Shadyside and near the main hospitals, Squirrel Hill is a vibrant and diverse suburban area within the city limits. Quiet neighborhoods surround a bustling social scene that is frequented by residents and families as well as students from nearby Carnegie Mellon University. The coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants that line Murray and Forbes Avenues offer a wide selection of international cuisines and specialty interests.
South Side and Mt. Washington
The vivacious bar and pub district historically known for its eclectic mix of blue collar and alternative youth scene, the South Side continues to undergo a recent facelift. New urban-style apartments target a community of young professionals and graduate students. But amidst the variety of restaurants, shops, and specialty stores, visitors and residents are never far from a local hookah bar, tattoo parlor, or dive bar. The South Side is also home to the South Side Works, a complex of high-end shops and restaurants, and Station Square, an area of dance clubs, restaurants, and concert venues with a riverside view.
Atop the highest point in the city, Mount Washington offers spectacular views of downtown Pittsburgh. Hilltop restaurants overlook Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Golden Triangle, and Point State Park. Mt. Washington is 600-foot, tree-covered cliffside that borders the Monongahela River, creating one of Pittsburgh's most unique and striking vistas.
Among the city’s oldest, the North Side neighborhoods were laid out in 1788, and many of the buildings date from the mid-19th century and include some truly beautiful examples of Victorian architecture. Some notable attractions include the National Aviary, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Children’s Museum, and of course, all the attractions on the North Shore (Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the Carnegie Science Center).
Beyond the City Limits
If you are looking for a house with a big yard or are not quite the city type, you will find an abundance of great places to live just outside the city. The surrounding suburbs offer affordable housing, easy access to work, and lower tax rates. If you don't mind mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges, this might be for you.