Those moving to the City of Bridges will have plenty to keep themselves busy during their downtime. Pittsburgh has something for everyone, whether expats prefer to shop up a storm, party the night away or dine out at excellent eateries.
Shopping in Pittsburgh
The downtown area is the shopping hub in Pittsburgh and is home to the city's 'diamond district', a collection of high-end jewellery stores. The area has a range of well-known department stores as well as boutique clothing stores.
For expats on a budget, outlet shopping is a great way to spruce up one's wardrobe at a fraction of the usual price. Grove City Premium Outlets is less than an hour outside of Pittsburgh and has more than 130 outlet stores for the ultimate shopping experience. There's also Tanger Outlets in Washington County, south of the city, which has over 80 outlet stores.
Eating out and groceries in Pittsburgh
From local legends to elite fine-dining restaurants, foodies are sure to find something to tickle their taste buds. Pizza lovers can weigh in on a decades-old debate by trying the pizza at both Mineo's and Aiello's, two legendary pizzerias located just a few doors down from each other in Squirrel Hill. Throughout Pittsburgh, there are also plenty of excellent upscale eateries to be explored.
When shopping for groceries, Pittsburgh has all the nationwide chains that one would expect, but expats looking for a taste of home should head to The Strip, which is well known for its selection of speciality and international grocery stores.
Nightlife in Pittsburgh
With a wide variety of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, Pittsburgh is a great city for those who enjoy a drink. There are also cocktail bars, rooftop lounges and beer gardens scattered throughout the city. Top areas for a fun night out include trendy Lawrenceville, student-friendly Oakland and local favourite Bloomfield.
Arts and culture in Pittsburgh
Culture enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven with all that the Steel City has to offer. The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are a must-see and are comprised of an art museum, a natural history museum, a science museum and the famed Andy Warhol Museum. Dedicated to the renowned pop culture artist from Pittsburgh, the museum showcases his legacy and influence on modern culture.
Those interested in theatre will be pleased to know that Pittsburgh is a regular stop for touring Broadway productions. In addition, the city has its own thriving theatre scene, where theatre buffs can enjoy high-quality productions of plays, musicals, ballets and operas.
Outdoor activities and sport in Pittsburgh
There's plenty to keep outdoorsy residents occupied in Pittsburgh. The city has a number of excellent parks and trails that lend themselves to excellent hiking and cycling. For those who prefer to exercise indoors, Pittsburgh has a wide selection of gyms offering all sorts of equipment and classes, ranging from boxing to aerial yoga and more.
With a number of stadiums in Pittsburgh, sport fans moving to the city will be in a prime spot for taking in some world-class sporting games. Locals love to support the city's three major teams – the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL), the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball). Joining Pittsburghers in cheering on their teams is a great way to make some friends.