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Here you will find some of the many interesting places and points within the city, divided by restaurants, museums and centers, places for amusement, theatres, sports, and tourist spots that are outside Pittsburgh, but still worth the time to see. Click on one of the key words in the previous sentence to go to the desired section. Also check out Pittsburgh.net for other activities, local information and the weather forecast.
There are several restaurants in walking distance from the hotel.
Ali Baba--Regularly voted the best
Middle Eastern restaurant in
Kiva Han on Fifth and Craig across from the museums--Coffees and teas, pastries, vegetarian and vegan soups and sandwiches
Starbucks--Across the street from Kiva Han
LuLu’s--Inexpensive pan-Asian. Try the fish-eye tea (really!).
Subway--An old stand-by
Primanti’s—famous for their sandwiches with fries and coleslaw on them, on Forbes (I personally don’t like them),
Fast food places--Literally dozens. McDonald’s, Subway, Indian, Middle Eastern, Tex-Mex, Chinese, Deli, Starbucks, The Original Hotdog Shop, Panera’s, The Dancing Goat (coffee, pastry, and smoking).
Pamela’s—Diner type food, with
breakfast all day,
Ice Cream: Dave and Andy’s (Forbes and Atwood). In Squirrel Hill (transit-$1.75 or drive): Cold Stone Creamery (Forbes and Murray), Baskin-Robbins, Ben and Jerry’s, and Rita’s custard and Italian ice (a favorite), all on Forbes.
Restaurants within driving or transit distance:
Shadyside: Dozens of good bars and restaurants on
South Side (across the Monongahela). Café Allegro
(Italian, $$), Old Europe (Central European, moderate. I like it),
Strip District, next to Downtown.
Museums, Centers, and Activities
Carnegie Museum of Art www.cmoa.org/info/visiting.asp,
Carnegie Museum of Natural History www.carnegiemnh.org/,
Phipps Conservatory (botanical garden) www.phipps.conservatory.org/
Nationality rooms in the Cathedral of Learning www.pitt.edu/~natrooms/
Farther away: On the North Side
The National Aviary www.aviary.org
The Mattesss Factory (installation art) www.mattress.org
Children’s museum www.pittsburghkids.org/
Carnegie Science Center www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
Submarine. USS Requin. www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/exhibits/requin.asp
The South Side: Riverboat cruise 3-rivers Gateway Clipper.
For a good site of happenings at
each way), See
Open for Phantom
Friday and Saturday Night (. Bonus night:
Worth the trip - Tourist Spots (90 minutes east):
Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright design) www.paconserve.org/index-fw1.asp. We will consider a group caravan to Fallingwater if people are interested. Let me know, for reservations.
Kentuck Knob (another FLW house) www.kentuckknob.com/
Fort Necessity and Braddock's grave, French and Indian War www.nps.gov/fone
Theatre schedule (www.pgharts.org)
Carnegie Mellon University Tartans have an open date on the 8th.
Major League Baseball. Currently, no Pittsburgh Pirates
game is scheduled that weekend at
Sports 90 minutes away:
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (strenuous, start at Ohiopyle
Laurel Highlands Biking trail (Rails-to-Trails, cinders, start at Ohiopyle)Championship level golf in the