pittsburgh-treasuresA visit to Pittsburgh isn’t complete without a stop in the Strip District. (Don’t worry it’s all “G”-rated!) Home to the city’s historic marketplace, “The Strip” sits on a strip of land between 11th and 33rd Street in downtown Pittsburgh. A bustling environment filled with a heterogeneous crowd seven days a week, it is a true hotbed of activity on the weekends. Packed with people, specialty and ethnic shops and sidewalk merchants, The Strip offers wonderful sight seeing, food tasting (from restaurants to sidewalk grills) and window shopping opportunities. From produce to pierogies, and salmon to Steelers’ gear, you’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed as you stroll through the market.

This isn’t the best location to weight watch because The Strip boasts plenty of legendary places to nosh. Below are just a few you might want to visit….

Wholey’s Fish Market (1711 Penn Avenue) was established in 1912 and is Pittsburgh’s tinier version of Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market. Check out the catch of the day, or stand in line for one of their famously enormous fish sandwiches.


Mancini’s Bread Company (1717 Penn Avenue) will make you reconsider a carb-free life. Sure, it may not be your idea of a dining destination, but have you tried the pepperoni bread?

Pamela’s Diner (60 21st Street) is the “go to” place for breakfast. Sample their famous pancakes beloved by Pittsburghers and the Obamas. Unless you get there early, plan on standing in line for a table.

Primanti Brothers (46 18th Street) takes the phrase “do you want fries with that?” and puts fries and slaws directly on their sky high sandwiches. No politician campaigns in Pittsburgh without a pitstop and a shout out to Primanti’s. If you’ve got a normal appetite, plan on a doggie bag.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor (2801 Penn Avenue, closed Sunday) is a 1920’s style ice cream shop housed in the lovingly restored original pharmacy owned by the Klavon family. From penny candy to ice cream and specialty sodas, this nostalgic destination will make kids of all ages smile.

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