How to Spend an Afternoon in Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh is a city alive with activity year-round and it offers an array of activities for people of all ages and interests. From sporting events to museums, theater and shopping, there is something to please everyone. Here is one sample itinerary for a way to spend an afternoon in the Iron City.



Items you will need

  • A map of the city
Step 1Begin your afternoon northeast of town in the Strip District, a half-square-mile area that is home to various retail stores, ethnic food stores, restaurants and coffee shops. There is ample street parking here, so find a spot and head to lunch at Primanti Brothers, the famous Italian deli that serves sandwiches with French fries and cole slaw right on the sandwich. Watch a hockey game on one of the restaurant’s numerous wide-screen TVs or just soak in the atmosphere.
Step 2After lunch, meander through the shops on the Strip. Stop in Pennsylvania Macaroni Company and sample some of the many varieties of cheese. “Penn Mac,” as the locals call it, also has massive barrels of olives and a large selection of Italian foods.
Step 3Next, visit Penzeys Spices, where you can stock up on herbs and spices. Drop in Mancini’s Bakery to grab some bread to take with you and then stop by Wholey’s Fish Market, where you can watch the fishmongers fillet a fresh-caught fish right in front of you.
Step 4Finally, finish with a visit to The Enrico Biscotti Co., where you will find an eclectic assortment of freshly baked biscotti.
Step 5Later in the afternoon, if your timing is right and you are lucky enough to get tickets, you may want to catch a Steelers or Penguins game. If not, try one of the Carnegie museums. There are four of them–the Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Science Museum and the Andy Warhol Museum. The Warhol is located just across the river from the Strip District and provides a fascinating look at the life and work of one of Pittsburgh’s own sons. .


  • Winter weather in the Pittsburgh area can be harsh. Be sure to check travel conditions in advance of your trip.



Jennifer McGaha is a journalist and award-winning essayist who has been teaching and writing about environmental stewardship for almost a decade now. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. McGaha has a B.A. in sociology and communications from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an M.A. in English from Western Carolina University.


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