A thriving hub for education and business in the heart of Pittsburgh, Technology Center is home to forward-looking businesses, as well as plenty of green spaces like the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Schenley Park. Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh-Technology Center is conveniently positioned on the Monongahela River, balancing proximity to nearby start-ups with quick access to lively, artsy neighborhoods.
Food & Drink
With sidewalk seating in summer and a cozy dining room for winter, Stagioni has a menu of farm-to-table Italian classics that pair perfectly with a thoughtful list of mostly Italian wines. Dishes like polenta with roasted cauliflower, monkfish osso bucco and peppers stuffed with sausage, Asiago and smoked tomatoes have made this a perennial favorite, so book ahead of time.
Opening at 7 a.m. for those who need a caffeine jolt bright and early, indie coffeeshop 21st Street Coffee and Tea turns out espressos and lattes that will wake you up enough to start exploring the shops and galleries of downtown. The cafe even makes its own almond milk.
At Butcher and the Rye, inventive American dishes like pork belly with apple kimchi and braised rabbit with buttermilk dumplings are the work of acclaimed Pittsburgh chef Richard DeShantz, while the Whiskey Wall features more than 600 different bottles. Stop by the luxurious second-floor Rye Bar for an aperitif.
This speakeasy isn’t the easiest to find, but when you see boarded-up windows illuminated by bare lightbulbs, you’re in the right place. Inside Acacia’s dimly lit bar, bartenders use barley, milk tea, toasted sesame and curry powder to make extraordinary cocktails that are reinvented regularly.
Open all day, the Pub Chip Shop, a tiny, locally beloved Scottish restaurant (it does take-out, too) serves up superbly fresh and delicious all-day snacks, starting with donuts and buttermilk biscuits for breakfast, with fish and chips and sausage rolls later on. It’s particularly good for a late-night bite on your way back to the hotel.
Pittsburgh’s South Side is where the best live music in the city is found, and the intimate Club Café is home to up-and-coming artists of all genres, from roadhouse rock to indie folk to psychedelic funk, along with friendly bartenders who stay busy shaking cocktails and pouring pints of seasonal beers.
Less than two blocks from Club Café, Smiling Moose is always packed with locals who come for the karaoke, pub quizzes, happy hour deals and pub grub, but stay for the rotating cast of musicians who try out new material on the second-floor stage.
Part of Pittsburgh history, the elegant Rex Theater opened over a century ago and still draws a crowd. Once a vaudeville venue, the theater now programs acts like indie rock icon Stephen Malkmus and the punk rock Street Dogs.
One of the biggest single-artist museums in the world, the Andy Warhol Museum is colorful, thought-provoking and endlessly entertaining, with a collection that boasts everything from instantly recognizable pop art paintings to 350 of Warhol’s odd, whimsical films.
The free-admission Wood Street Galleries sits on top of the T-station at Wood Street and Sixth Avenue, and every couple of months installs new work by multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world. On any given day you might find kinetic light installations by a Dutch art collective or a cockroach-powered robot.
Founded by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, the stunning Carnegie Museum of Art is a world-class destination for contemporary art and glorious architectural flourishes, plus a calendar of popular and quirky events — the latter range from gaming tournaments and print-making classes to yoga lessons and a relaxation experience that combines live classical music with spa amenities.
The only place to go for locally-themed gifts that are more crafty than cheesy, love, Pittsburgh sells T-shirts patterned with the city’s bridges, pins printed with the skyline and raw-finished sterling and brass jewelry made with hammer and torch from nearby Studebaker Metals.
Ragged Row is owned by a graphic designer, and this highly curated shop is like shopping in your coolest friend’s closet: filled with must-haves from international brands you haven’t heard of — yet. Think FRAME high-end denim, futuristic neoprene totes from Australian brand State of Escape and eye-catching, geometric workout gear.
The storefront in Downtown doubles as a studio for Moop Shop, where owner Wendy Downs and her team produce handsome waxed canvas and soft leather messenger bags, backpacks and clutches by hand. Carefully constructed and with a modern edge, these bags reflect the beauty of functional design.