Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit | Pittsburgh has got to be one of our favorite cities in the US. Theres something for everyone: good food, museums, an art scene, a huge brewing culture, outdoor adventures, and the most beautiful skyline. 

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit

Having visited the city many times over the last few years and enjoying each visit more than the last, I wanted to put together this guide to help you enjoy your visit to Pittsburgh. While I am sure there is much more to do and eat, these are some of our favorites. 

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit

My husband completed his first masters in Pittsburgh and it was the first place he called home after leaving Bombay. Needless to say, Pittsburgh holds a special place in our family’s heart! When we were getting married, he made sure I wasn’t a super fan of any other football team, haha he wanted to make sure we would be a Steelers Family. 

Heres our guide to traveling to Pittsburgh: places to eat, where to stay, and what to do.

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit


  • Pamela’s Diner: A Pittsburgh classic for great diner food, great for breakfast.
  • Udipi: A must stop after a maunder visit: Our favorites in include the chole bature, rava masala dosa, and filter coffee! 
  • All India: Right near University of Pittsburgh this Indian restaurant is a no frills just great food eatery. We love their thali options along with their masala chai. Their Tandoori Chicken is so good.
  • Mambo Italia: Come here for wood fired pizzas, fresh pastas, and an amazing ceaser salad. It’s BYOB (bring along some IC Lite Mango)
  • La Gourmandine: Oh my goodness where do I start? Try EVERYTHING: We tried the almond, chocolate, and plain crossaints. They have a cheese and onion puff pastry that’s phenomenal. Don’t miss their eclairs and tarts either! 
  • Istanbul Grill: Fuss free medditeranean food that is full of flavor.
  • Millies Homemade Ice Cream: Seasonal Ice cream flavors made with locally sources milk and eggs. I love their Lavender flavor!
  • The Church Brew Works: Once a church, this space is now a place for house-brewed beers, a mix of pizzas, and pierogis.
  • Nicky’s Thai Food: One of the best Thai restaurants we’ve had in the USA. SO flavorful – you can order different spice levels, Our favorites included the Basil Chicken, Pad Thai, and Lychee Twist.
  • Patron Grill: Awesome Mexican food, endless salsa and chips, with huge drinks.
  • Choolah: A fast casual Indian restaurant that serves bowls and wraps. Easy eats if your kid (or parents) crave a daily dose of Desi.
  • Madeleine Bakery & Bistro: Great croissants + coffee. Try their seasonal sandwiches!
  • Primanti Bros.: A Pittsburgh must have, colslaw with french fries in your sandwich with your protein of choice.
  • The Vandal: Eastern European small plates plus coffee, brunch & breads.
  • The Milkshake Factory: Handspun shakes and craft sundaes made with farm fresh dairy. 
  • The Standard: A great mix of elevated bar food, salads, sandwiches, and drinks. A great evening hangout spot.
  • East End Brewing Company: This local brewery offers tours, a tasting room & house beers.

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & VisitVisiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit


Our favorite place to stay is the downtown area of Pittsburgh. It’s centrally located and just a quick drive away from the sites that are not in downtown. We’ve stayed at the following hotels and have enjoyed our stays from rooms, service, to amenities.

  • Westin
  • Omni Wiliam Penn
  • Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh
  • Marriott Courtyard

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit


  • Heinz History Center: 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania’s largest history museum
  • Visit Mt Washington:  the most gorgeous views of the city; pro tip: go at sunrise or sunset
  • Hike at Ohio Pyle: Check out Cucumber Falls & Bear Run
  • Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History: This is Arya’s favorite museum. The dinosaur exhibit is a must. Such a great place to spend a day!
  • Pittsburgh Children’s Museum: The best Children’s museum we have visited, floors of fun for kids and lots of visiting exhibits.
  • Warhol Museum: Did you know Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh? This museum holds a permanent collection of art and archives from the pop art icon.
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple: This gorgeous mandir is modeled on the temples in Southern India. It opened in the 70’s and is one of the most visited temples in the USA.
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium: I can’t speak enough about this zoo. We have loved our visits here, its clean, well laid out, and the animals seem so happy!
  • Point State Park: Such a gorgeous area to walk around during sunset. 
  • National Aviary: The only independent indoor nonprofit aviary in the United States. See free-flying bird habitats and meet signature species.
  • Fallingwater House: An award winning house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 – about 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
  • The Strip District: Converted warehouses house a mix of old-style grocers, gourmet food shops, bars, classic Italian eateries and sandwich places.
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: A beautiful garden that appeals to both adults and kids. Check out the butterflies!
  • Cathedral of Learning: a 42 story skyscraper that serves as the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. Be sure to visit Dippy the Dinosaur! 
  • Duquesne Incline: Opened in 1877, the Duquesne Incline has been used to transport cargo and workers before roads were built. It now serves as a tourist attraction so guests can see the beautiful views of Pittsburgh.
  • New Vrindavan ISKCON: Honorable mention as this mandir is only 65 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. This peaceful temple sits atop a mountain, surrounded by a lake, a farm, cabins, and wandering peacocks. We’ve been here a few times and always leave with such a sense of peace. 

Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit

Have you been to Pittsburgh? What are your favorites there?

One thought on “Visiting Pittsburgh: Where to Eat, Stay, & Visit

  1. Love seeing this about my hometown! Try Prantl’s Bakery for their Burnt Almond Torte; Moio’s Bakery in Monroeville for amazing Italian pastries (close to SV Temple). And visit Kennywood sometime! One of the oldest amusement parks in the country, with a few good wooden roller coasters, a gorgeous merry go round, and potato patch fries 🙂

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