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Strip District

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Once a rail hub for produce, today trucks still stop at its Smallman Street docks but the Strip has become Pittsburgh's most popular neighborhood. From morning to mid-afternoon, old and new specialty groceries, restaurants, street vendors and sundry purveyors open for business. Places like: Wholey's, the eating man's aquarium; Penn Mac, whose deli counter takes you around the world in cheese; and La Prima Espresso for a slice of Italy and coffee to die for. Fortify yourself with culture at the Heinz History Center and the Society for Contemporary Craft, because if you stick around for the Strip's merry night, culture will be the furthest thing from your mind. Eleven boasts a classy wine bar, and the enduring 31st Street Pub is where you'll find live booze-and-tattoos punk rock. Around the clock, everyone gorges together on Pittsburgh's famous Primanti's sandwich with fries and slaw on the inside.

The following bus routes offer service to Downtown and many other destinations: 86 (to Downtown, Bloomfield, Shadyside and East Liberty), the 87 (to Friendship), the 88 (to Children's Hospital, the Penn Avenue Arts District and Bakery Square) or the 91 (to Lawrenceville). The Strip also features access to one of the most popular crosstown bus routes, the 54 (formerly 54C), with service to the North Side, Polish Hill, Bloomfield, Oakland and the South Side.

Visit our Guide to The Strip District.

Strip District Features

Photo Slide Show: My impressions of Pittsburgh in 120 seconds

Before presenting on Bristol where he is mayor, George Ferguson entertained those at the Remaking Cities Congress with his astute and humorous observations of Pittsburgh. From our bridges--there are bridges under bridges!--to our walkability, here's how he viewed our green "left field" city. TIP: click on captions to see his remarks!

Pop Stars: 3 people making Pittsburgh pop

From energy to food to music, here are three people in Pittsburgh making a difference: Randy Francisco, Jamilka Borges and Fawzi Haimor.

The Three Tenures: A tale of the Pittsburgh Opera

What happens when three Pittsburgh Opera general directors, past and present, reunite to celebrate the Opera's 75th anniversary? Having worked with all three--Tito Capobianco, Mark Weinstein and Christopher Hahn--this writer knew her reunion with them would be filled with glorious memories and an inspired look to the future. Encore!

Great places to drink coffee in Pittsburgh

It's not just the coffee but where you drink it. As coffeehouse culture in Pittsburgh keeps getting better, we invite you to check out our list of great spots to drink a great brew. It runs the gamut from classic one-of-a-kind places such as La Prima Espresso to newer faves including Espresso a Mano.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: RAW Pittsburgh spotlights local artists at monthly showcases

The first Thursday of the month is your cue to head to RAW Pittsburgh, a new showcase of up-and-coming artists of all ilks—from street fashion to fine art photography. Equal parts art showcase and networking party, RAW's August edition brings "En Masse" to Strip District-based Cavo.
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