Duration: Two days and two nights
Attention serious shoppers: On your mark. Get ready. Shop! Sophisticated style, fashion bonanzas and plenty of shopping opportunities lie ahead. We’ll kick things off in downtown Pittsburgh, a shopping metropolis. Then, we’ll hit the neighborhoods for some one-of-a-kind finds and authentic experiences. Follow our lead and we'll show you the secret side of shopping the countryside too, where you might just see an Amish barn-raising and a sale on that Coach bag you've been dying to have. Just leave extra room in the trunk.
The Steel City today is as hip as it is authentic, with plenty of "steals" along the way. Downtown Pittsburgh is the perfect place for shopping, thanks to its compact, walkable business district. Anchored by Macy's Department Store, downtown offers an eclectic variety of department stores, specialty shops and trendy boutiques. Mix up your more traditional Downtown shopping experiences with a visit to the gritty – but oh so yummy – Strip District. There’s no other place like it!
First, let’s follow tradition and meet under the Macy’s clock. We’ll start the morning off big at Macy's Department Store. It's a first-rate shopping experience with all 11 floors of Macy's glory. (The Macy’s windows over the holidays are a must-see.) Inside, you’ll find a first-class selection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder and Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy's has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture. Window shop your way down to Larrimor’s at One PNC Plaza in the center of the city. Larrimor’s specializes in custom suits, custom dress shirts and clothing for men and offers quality women's clothing, jewelry and accessories. Then, it’s on to the Fifth Avenue Arcade Shops. Something for everyone can be found among the unique mix of specialty shops at Fifth Avenue Place, from discounted women's fashions to jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. Finally, we'll hit One Oxford Centre. From high fashion at Emphatics to delicious Belgium chocolates at St. Moritz Chocolatier, the shops at One Oxford Centre offer a lot of variety. Brooks Brothers is known for classic clothing and apparel for men, women and kids, and everyone loves the three-story S.W. Randall Toyes and Gifts, too!
Head five minutes north on Liberty Avenue and you’ll come across the Strip District. Dripping with character, the Strip District is all grit and pure Pittsburgh. Once a produce warehouse district, the historic market district today is known for the freshest fish, produce, pastries and ethnic goods, along with kitchen wares, cookbooks, antiques and more. It's lunchtime, so make your way to the Robert Wholey Company on Penn Avenue. Get a fish sandwich on an Italian roll, the same specialty they've been making for more than 100 years. Stop by Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, Enrico Biscotti and Mon Amee Chocolat. Then, hit the Strip for more amazing shopping, whether it’s for collectibles, candy or cool accessories. Still looking for more?Read More >
Next, head to Pittsburgh’s first true development with 34 acres of restaurants, retail shops and urban living in the heart of the South Side. Restaurants and shopping include the famous Cheesecake Factory, Claddagh Irish Pub, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Kenneth Cole, Urban Outfitters and more!Read More >
Head thirteen minutes west and you’ll arrive at the shops at Station Square. The center boast old world charm in the setting of a restored railroad building. You’ll find everything from Pittsburgh souvenirs to novelties from around the world to toys, fashion and more.Read More >
Sip namesake microbrews beneath gothic chandeliers and fancy arches at the former St. John the Baptist, the same land where Allegheny Arsenal once manufactured supplies for the Union troops. Now, tasty sandwiches, arsenal pierogis and brick oven pizzas, along with some award-winning brewskies populate these pews.Read More >
The Primanti Sandwich is a true taste of Pittsburgh. It’s two slices of thick Italian bread with cheese and meat (think: roast beef or salami) and then piled high with cole slaw and French fries. It’s a meal unto itself!Read More >
This chic, contemporary hotel is within walking distance of the best dining, entertainment and shopping in Pittsburgh. It's like having your own place in the city's best location.Read More >
Located in historic Station Square, this hotel has more than 30 shops and restaurants at your doorstep. Station Square is also home to the iconic Gateway Clipper Fleet, Just Ducky Tours and the new Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh’s 3,500-seat soccer-specific stadium.Read More >
An hour north of Pittsburgh, you'll find the Volant Village Shops. Volant started out as a small gristmill town in 1893, then when the mill closed in 1970, it became nearly a ghost town. Lucky for all of us, the town is livelier than ever, if not a shopper's paradise. These charming stores create an atmosphere that only this area of Pennsylvania has to offer. The James Creek Galleries offer American- and traditional-made furniture and other fine things, like that perfect Windsor chair. The 1906 Merchantile is another décor must-see, along with Miss Scarlett's Gift Parlor. And you can't miss the Bulk Food & Candy Store, one of the largest purveyors of nostalgic candies you’ve ever seen.Read More >
It may not be a mill anymore, but this winery is still pumping out the good stuff. Family owned and operated, these award-winning red, white and "fruit" wine are crafted from the fruits of western Pennsylvania orchards and vineyards. Try the "Elderberry" - a smooth, dark berry wine with a rich and floral aroma.Read More >
The Old Amish Order is alive and well in Volant. There's just something special about all the horse-drawn buggies ambling along on a Sunday afternoon. Walk around the shops in Volant where you’ll find furniture, fudge, crafts, jewelry and other items specially made in PA. As you work up an appetite shopping, get a late lunch at the Dumplin Haus on Main Street. Everything is homemade, including pies, breads, soups and cinnamon rolls. Try the famous chicken salad sandwiches and apple dumplings.Read More >
Just 20 minutes east of Volant is Grove City and the home to outlet shopping mania. You can shop big at the Prime Outlets with more than 140 stores in this open-air village. Dig deep for sales at the usual suspects: Calvin Klein, Juicy Couture, Oakley, Polo, Wilson's Leather, Zale's and more. Remember, this is tax-free shopping, so let yourself go! This is why you packed that extra suitcase.Read More >
The prime rib is pretty famous around these parts, and the rest of the menu is just as mouth-watering. Plus you can order everything to go if you feel like a prime rib picnic.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol spent a lifetime redefining art and culture as a whole. Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum follows in his unique image. This constantly changing museum features some of his best-known work, as well as interactive experiences.
Point State Park
Located at the tip of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, Point State Park is the perfect spot to take a much-needed shopping break once your dogs start barking. The park contains an impressive water fountain that you can cool off by and dip your toes into, as well as paved promenades along the riverfront where you can find a secluded spot to take in dramatic views of the city, waterways and hillside scenery.
Located an hour outside of Pittsburgh, The Toy Box in Ligonier Pa., is a fantasy toy store in a Civil War era building - featuring toys for "kids" under the age of 110! The Toy Box has been serving western Pennsylvania since 1987 where you'll find Brio, Thomas the Tank, Folkmanis, Middleton, Corolle, Go Fly A Kite, Superflight, Playmobile, Red Farm Studio, Learning Curve Toys, Schylling, Kubla Craft and more, from over 400 suppliers.
Shops at Scenery Hill
40 miles south of Pittsburgh is where you’ll find unique shops in Scenery Hill, Pa. Shops include everything from the country inn and coffee roasters to jewelry and crafts. Head on over to the shops to explore fine gifts, holiday items, primitives, jewelry and more while enjoying local dining in their picturesque historic village.
Ross Park Mall
Just 15 minutes north of Pittsburgh is a luxury shopping mall that is anchored by Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears and Nordstrom’s. Along with the famous department stores, you’ll find nearly 150 specialty stores that make up this multi-level shopping center including Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Aveda, Banana Republic and more.