Strip District, Pittsburgh
Any Pittsburgher will know where the Strip District is and what you can find there! It's a great place to find fresh produce, fish and meats and more. This area runs between 16th and 22nd Streets--morning seems to be the best time to arrive.
On our last visit, we stopped by Primanti's for a heaping sandwich and browsed the street for STEELER stuff: shirts, hats, sweatshirts, bumper stickers...you name it! This merchandise can be found within the Strip District boundaries, 11th to 33rd Streets. We made it a game to search out all the Steeler-inspired items!
My sister used to travel there to find woven baskets at discount prices. She stenciled, then filled them with Christmas gifts, topped them with a large red bow and gave them as thoughtful tokens.
A visit to Pittsburgh wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Strip District which is known for its retail food markets and unique shops, and as an entertainment district with its restaurants and lively nightclubs and bars. Originally, the District was (and still is) a warehouse area where trains and trucks came to off-load produce and other products for the grocery and restaurant industries. As the general public started to come to take advantage of the wholesale prices, many other shops and ethnic stores opened and the area became one of the most popular areas of the city. The best time to visit is on a Saturday morning...it is crowded but at its most lively. Come with an appetite!
By day the Strip has fish and vegetable markets, bakeries, restaurants, and other unique attractions to draw tourists and locals. By night this area becomes one of Pittsburgh's top nightlife areas--though it seemed a bit rough-and-tumble for my taste. Not only was there one or two policemen at the door of most bars and clubs, but we also saw a drunk chick passed out on the street corner at 1 am and various local hoodlums and hoodlum wanna-bes chilling in the parking lots watching the people go by throughout the night.
Primanti Brothers, The Pittsburgh Brewing Company, Wholey's seafood warehouse, and numerous other businesses call the Strip home.
A few blocks off Smallman Street is Liberty Ave, once the heart of Pittsburgh's sex scene. Their heyday was in the 1970s, and the last strip club closed in 2005. Now the area is home to several cultural attractions and technology firms.
Just north of downtown Pittsburgh, along the Allegheny River is the Strip District. It's a one-half square mile filled with bars and restaurants. It's roots are in the produce industry, and the warehouses still stand, some still in operation.
The area was busy on a Saturday night when we went. A lot of students from Duquesne and UPitt come down to the Strip to party...which we saw proof of on our walk back to the hotel (in the form of a girl passed out on the sidewalk and her friend trying to 'explain' things to a police officer).
We found a couple bars to sit and talk, but mostly it seemed like dance clubs. We weren't really dressed for that, so maybe next time.
The Strip District is literally a strip of land lined with shopping, restaurants and clubs. We ventured into the strip district for some adventure and bar hopping. There are some cute little places such as Kaya to grab some food and some good drinks but in general I found the strip district a little seedy as the sun set.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is located in Pittsburgh's Strip District just a few blocks from Downtown. The museum building opened in April 1996 in an abandoned Chautauqua ice warehouse to recognize and present Western Pennsylvania's unique heritage. The
Today the museum occupies 275,000 square feet on six floors, making it the largest museum in Pennsylvania. The permanent exhibits include areas dedicated to Senator Heinz, Pittsburgh's history of invention and innovation, Pittsburgh's glass industry, and the Heinz company. This is also the home of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.
The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is part of the Heinz History Center and is a must-see attraction for local sports fans. Outside of the building you will see one of the original field goal posts from Three Rivers Stadium. Inside you will find artifacts related to Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception, ice skates worn by Mario Lemieux, and many other items of local and national sports interest.
Adult $9; Senior $7; Student $5; Child (6-18) $3.50; Child (5 and under) Free
This is a must-see in Pittsburgh. Great shopping district and now includes clubs and restaraunts. It's vibrant, entertaining, and multi-cultural. Lots of wholesale (to public, too) foodstores with Chinese, Japanese, fish, meat, etc. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the city.
The Strip District is a multicultural commercial zone where you can find everything from Arabic food to Zimbabwe handcrafts. The best day to go is Saturday because there are lots of sidewalk sales and open markets.