Duration: Two days and two nights
So many neighborhoods, and you with two whole days dedicated to combing every last store. Pittsburgh is known for its variety, its local charm and its broad taste ... all of which seasons the shopping scene deliciously. We'll kick things off right in Pittsburgh, a shopping metropolis, then hit the South Side for some true blue original shopping. Follow our lead and we'll show you the secret side of shopping the countryside too, where you're liable to 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 so-called Steel City can be as cosmopolitan as they come, with plenty of "steals" along the way. Pittsburgh is a nice place for shopping, due to its compact, walkable business district - think of it as the most efficient way to bounce from shop to shop. Anchored by Macy's Department Store (formerly Kaufmanns), downtown offers an eclectic variety of department stores, specialty shops and trendy boutiques. Mix up your more traditional downtown shopping experiences with a few visits to the trendy creative outlets in the Strip District. Oh, and don't forget to stop and eat - you'll spot plenty of cafes along the way.
Let's start the morning off big at Macy's Department Store (Fifth Avenue & Smithfield Street). It's one of those magical shopping experiences you just must have, all in it's eleven floors of Macy's glory. Window shop your way down to Saks Fifth Avenue (513 Smithfield St.) This small but elegant downtown Pittsburgh store is upscale shopping at its finest, with exclusive designer clothing, cosmetics, crystal, china and gifts. On to the Fifth Avenue Arcade Shops (Fifth, Liberty & Penn Avenues). 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 (301 Grant St.) From high fashion at Emphatics to the timeless classic clothing of Ann Taylor and Talbots, shops at One Oxford Centre offer a lot of variety. Don't miss the hand-made items by area artisans at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Store.Read More >
Like a hipster's DIY zone, The Strip hoards all the cool, out-of-the-way gear for shoppers with interesting projects at hand. Stop here, in Pittsburgh's historic market district, for the freshest fish, produce, pastries and ethnic goods, along with kitchen wares, cookbooks, and antiques. It's lunchtime, so make your way over to the Robert Wholey Company on Penn Avenue. Get a fish sandwich on an Italian roll, the same specialty they've been making for over a hundred years. Then hit the road for more traditional shopping, like fabrics, collectibles and cool accessories. Get inspired in the Design Zone, a row of over 100 art-oriented businesses (ad agencies, architects) that runs from the Strip out to Lawrenceville.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 interesting sandwiches and brick oven pizzas, along with some artisanal brewskies populate these pews.Read More >
An hour north from Pittsburgh, you'll find the Volant Village Shops. Volant started out as a small gristmill town in 1893, then in the 1970s became nearly a ghost town when the mill closed. 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 offers 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 ever did see.
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It may not be a mill anymore, but this winery is still pumping out the good stuff. Family owned and operated, these award-winning reds, whites and "fruit" wines are great gifts to bring home to your house sitter. 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. Buttons are absolutely prohibited, as are belts, by the Amish anyway. But you're still more than welcome here (as long as you take it easy on the video and photographing), and it's common to see station wagons co-mingling with carriages on main street Volant. There's just something special about all the horse-drawn buggies ambling along on a Sunday afternoon. Speaking of special, 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 dumplin's.Read More >
Just 20 minutes east of Volant is Grove City and the home to outlet shopping mania. Here the Prime Outlets help you shop big at over 140 stores in this open-air savings village. Dig deep at the usual amazing 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.