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A guide to Pittsburgh: Check out what Shadyside has to offer


The East End of Pittsburgh is in a neighborhood with plenty of landmarks, shops, and places to grab a bite. Shadyside was named “Our Greenwich Village” by the Pittsburgh Press in the 1960s and 1970s.

A former railroad town, whose name derives from the “shaded” lanes of the area’s Pennsylvania Railroad station during the 19th century, it also housed an oil refinery and an iron furnace. Shadyside’s historical value is still seen through the architecture of its homes, churches, and buildings, many of which date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Historic mansions on Fifth and Amberson Streets are icons of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Thursday, January 13, 2022.

The Shadyside Presbyterian Church was built in 1889 and the Rodef Shalom in 1906, both of which still stand today. The artistic feel is still prevalent in the area and is enjoyed by people of all ages. The main shopping areas are on Walnut Street and Ellsworth Street, which are filled with independent establishments and boutiques. There are also a few chain stores: Apple Store, Banana Republic, Patagonia, Lululemon, Williams-Sonoma and Gap are all on Walnut Street.

It’s easy walking, easy parking, and a good retail offering,” said Sarah Hargreaves, who owns a stationery and print shop, Scribe, in Shadyside. “It’s a destination for families, especially on weekends.”

Hargreaves is a board member of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce.

“We have a variety of offerings from casual dining and fine dining to specialty goods and women’s clothing and jewelry stores,” she said. “Personally, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than the Shadyside retail area.”

Here are some things to check:


Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media A non-profit organization with many opportunities for someone looking to acquire a new skill or hobby, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media is a center for Pittsburgh artists. The center offers a variety of classes in media arts, ceramics, drawing, painting, and more to choose from. They host artist exhibitions and offer residencies and summer camps. They also typically hold an annual “yART sale” on the front lawn in the summer, described as a half yard sale, half art show for vendors and artists selling original works.

Mellon Park Spray – On a hot summer day, bring your kids to run around and splash around. This beautiful park and garden also has a playground, a basketball court, and a baseball diamond.

Roslin Street This historic street is one of the last cobbled wooden streets in the country, and likely the last in Pennsylvania. Built in 1914, the street is difficult to get through traffic because it was originally intended for horses and carriages. It’s a great place to stop and take a walk.

Food and drink

Mercury This original pizza and gelato spot offers a fresh taste of Italian cuisine with a family-owned feel. Two years ago, the restaurant expanded and opened a secondary location in Fox Chapel.


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The famous Brantel tart with baked almonds. Brantel’s famous baked almond tart cake

Brantel Bakery If you’ve tried a burnt almond tart, it must be a Brantel. This popular Pittsburgh bakery offers a range of delicious desserts for every season. The main Shadeside location has been in operation for over 100 years.

Capiz Café – This pub serves a variety of beers in cans and on tap, as well as unique cocktails such as Lavendar Taquini and Elderflower Fizz. With an abundance of proper dining options, Cappy’s also serves breakfast on weekend days.

Moline Café The sweet and savory crepe is a hit at French Café Filbert Street.

Girasole Tucked away on Copeland Street, just off Walnut, this is another authentic Italian spot. Girasole serves pasta dishes with a seasonal rotating menu. Bring family or friends and check out the extensive wine list.

Ada coffee and tea house – The bright ambiance and quality of this café makes it a great place to sit, study or work and just chill out. The store also publishes a weekly live “Sunday Showcase” featuring artists from Pittsburgh. Proceeds from the event go to a local charity.

Pamela Restaurant Pamela’s in Shadyside, located on Walnut Street, is one of Pittsburgh’s beloved brunch spots. For 93 years, Pittsburgh residents have been drinking warm coffee and enjoying hearty breakfasts – they are known for their hot cakes and fries. Barack and Michelle Obama visited Shadyside in 2009.

Noodlehead – This beloved noodle and Thai spot is cash only, but many say it’s worth the extra effort. Steamed belly buns is a common ingredient. Be prepared to wait in line.

Casbah Owned by the large Burrito group of restaurants, Casbah has an extensive wine list specializing in Mediterranean food.

East side of Mario salon – This watering hole was Doc’s Place. Now, it’s Mario. It has a rooftop upstairs, a food bar, lots of TVs and 20 people.

shady grove – Come to sit outdoors. Stay for the delicious starters, beer menu, wraps and sandwiches. Sidewalk tables and people watching can be seen outside in the summer.

room – Another great burrito restaurant, Soba boasts an Asian fusion, small plates, and sumptuous décor.

William Ben Tavern Dubbed an ‘eclectic sports bar’, this place is a favorite with young professionals in the area.


Four windows exhibition – If you are looking for a handmade piece of jewelry, this gallery showcases pieces of art made by Native American artists. Specifically, the gallery has many turquoise pieces along with artwork, pottery, and more.

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Cards Unlimited on Walnut Street in Shadyside sells an eclectic selection of books, cards, gifts and more.

Cards Unlimited – This wall-mounted gift and card store has been serving Walnut Street since 1968. It’s too easy to miss browsing here. The store offers everything from fun, eclectic talent, artisan jewelry and a myriad of books to choose from.

petagogy Local shopping isn’t just for humans. Petagogy on Ellsworth Avenue has everything from food, toys, treats, and accessories to dogs and cats.

clerk – This Filbert Street store specializes in print, stationery, invitations, letterhead, business cards, and calligraphy.

Shadyside Variety Store On the corner of Walnut and Copeland Streets, shoppers come across an eccentric toy store. Many new toys and gifts can be found for children and families alike.

The result of combining the exposition and the opposite This modern desert-style boutique offers a variety of succulents, cacti, and plants, as well as ceramics and other goods.

Interesting places

The Inn on Negley This quaint eight-bedroom inn takes visitors back to the colonial period as one of the oldest buildings in Shadyside, and was originally built in 1884. According to their website, the pastor who built and sold the building resided there with his family for 70 years, and it includes items The Italian, Victorian, and Emerging Queen Anne. The design still shines through today, with visitors traveling to enjoy tea or a bed and breakfast.

Steel City Theater Improvisation – This fun group in Ellsworth offers opportunities to pick up a new hobby or watch a show. Steel City, or SCIT, even offers free class forms for individuals looking to participate. Shows are usually in the evening with $5 admission.


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Ellsworth Avenue is home to a variety of independent shops and restaurants in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Ellsworth the way – Walnut Street isn’t the only Shadyside hangout. Ellsworth Street is walkable with an array of shops and places to eat.


Shadeside Arts Festival The neighborhood opens its doors during the summer to support artists and vendors. With an open-air gallery feel, visitors browse through the tents and galleries for unique finds. This year, the event is scheduled to take place August 27-28 from 10am-5pm, and the upcoming festival celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Jam on walnuts This highly anticipated outdoor concert series is traditionally held in the heart of the district, Walnut Street, during the summer. Live music and people flood the street to enjoy the street party. The 2021 event benefited the Animal Friends Foundation and Bow Wow Buddies.

Bob Walk Since 2013, dog lovers can visit Shadyside with their pups. Participants take a one-mile walk around the area and enjoy dog-friendly restaurants and stores to keep track of, many of which are used to allowing dogs in the walkable neighborhood.

Jordan Schmidt is a Tribune Review digital producer. You can contact Jordan via email at or via Twitter .

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