Things To Do With Friends & Family That Are Visiting Pittsburgh


Do you have friends and family visiting the burgh and wondering where to take them?

For starters, I hope you are PUMPED. There's nothing like having loved ones (or distant relations) visit Pittsburgh! It's so fun showing off the city. 

Luckily for you, I have taken it upon myself (I know, I'm a hero) to ensure you WOW them. 


Pittsburgh is my hometown, and like any respectable PIttsburgher, I am obnoxiously proud to live here. 

When my friends book a trip, careful planning begins weeks in advance (yep). Below are several spots that often appear on the schedule. 

Hope these help! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more of my favorite spots in Pittsburgh! 

What to eat, drink, see, & do with out of town guests visiting Pittsburgh:

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Food & Drink: 

Poulet Bleu

French-inspired "American bistro." Make reservations.

S&D Polish Deli
Strip District

Local spot for pierogies (favorite food in Pittsburgh) and other Polish dishes.


Vegan Polish restaurant.

The Café Carnegie

If you're visiting the Carnegie Museum of Art and/or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, have lunch at the charming Café Carnegie before, or after. 

Grist House Craft Brewery

Great beer, and the best spot to bring a dog lover. Gets very crowded on the weekends. 

Wise Count Biscuits

Track down this mobile biscuit company and try their flavorful biscuit sandwiches. They always set up at great locations 

4121 Main

Artisan cafe (think lavender lattes) located inside of a flower shop. 

Floor 2

Elegant spot for brunch, or cocktails & dessert. 

Strip District

Oldie, but a goodie. Caribbean-inspired food and a great happy hour. If it's Thursday, get the fried chicken sandwich. 


Dive bar with live music and pizzeria. Stop by for all-you-can-eat brunch on Saturday and Sunday for $15.

Bitter Ends Gardens

Delicious, vegetable-forward dishes for breakfast, or early lunch.

Local Farmer's Market

If it's May-October, use this guide to find a market near you. I love the Bloomfield Saturday Market, The Lawrenceville Farmer's Market, and East Liberty Market (Monday). 


Great spot for cocktails and board games.

Hitchhiker Brewing

My favorite brewery in Pittsburgh. Craft beer located inside of a 100-year-old brewery

Pittsburgh Sandwich Society
Food Truck

Their "In-n-Aht Burger" (a Pittsburghese riff on the classic burger joint) and spicy chicken sandwich (VERY HOT) are some of the best in the city. 


Old-school bar with classic cocktails and retro vibes. 

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Thing to do:

East Liberty Cathedral

The East Liberty Presbyterian Church, also known as the Cathedral of Hope, is a gothic church that looms over the neighborhood. 

City Stairs

Exercise - with a view. Pittsburgh has hundreds of sets of city stairs. Hike them and learn some local history.  

Three Sisters Bridges

Walk over these three, near-identical bridges that dangle the Allegheny River near the point. Named after Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street Bridge), Andy Warhol (Seventh Street Bridge), and Rachel Carson (Ninth Street Bridge).

Butler Street

Shop, sip, and much your way up and down Butler Street. Start at 54th street and walk down to 34th.

The Frick Mansion
Point Breeze

Former mansion of infamous Henry Clay Frick. Grounds now have cafe, art museum, and more. 


Calder Mobile
Pittsburgh International Airport

Flying in? Tell your guests to look out for the Calder Mobile hanging in the main atrium in the airport (past security). 

Allegheny West & the Mexican War Streets

Two beautiful neighborhoods with dense history, and charming homes. 

Hartwood Acres
Hampton Township

Tudor-style mansion just outside of the city in the Suburbs. Enjoy the sprawling grounds for running/hikes. 

West End Overlook
Elliott/West End

Unique view of the city. Requires driving through our hilly neighborhoods (that's the point)! It's better at sunrise than sunset.

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Above photo: Dave Dicello

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