The University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning
East End-South is a region of Pittsburgh, made up of several distinct neighborhoods on the eastern side of Pittsburgh. Oakland, a bustling college neighborhood home to Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, is located here, as well as many quieter neighborhoods including Squirrel Hill and Shadyside.
The primary attraction here for visitors and residents alike is the neighborhood of Oakland, home to Pittsburgh's two major universities and several major museums. Once the edge of the city, Andrew Carnegie set it up to be a cultural center with the founding of the Carnegie museums and libraries. The neighborhood continued to grow as Pittsburgh's cultural center with the growth of universities in the area, most notably the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. Today, the area is full of ethnic diversity, students, and others seeking out culture.
East of Oakland are many smaller neighborhoods which are mostly residential, but some possess business districts and attractions of their own, just at a more laid-back pace than Oakland. Many of these neighborhoods are well-kept, with an educated professional populace and stately homes in good condition. Squirrel Hill, wedged between Frick and Schenley Parks, is one such neighborhood with plenty of lovely homes, shopping, and good ethnic restaurants. While the proximity to several major colleges makes the community a diverse one, the general ethnic identity of the neighborhood is Jewish. During various religious holidays and weekly periods of worship, the prevalence of the culture is obvious. Shadyside, just outside of Oakland, is well known in the city for its shopping. Walnut Street, the core of Shadyside's shopping district, offers a bustling atmosphere of boutiques, shops, lounges, and restaurants designed to suit the discriminating tastes of residents and visitors. Other neighborhoods in the region include Point Breeze, Regent Square, and several others.
Map of East End-South
Map of Oakland
East End-South is directly accessible via the Parkway East (I-376). The interchange on the west end of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel leads you onto Forward Avenue, which takes you directly into Squirrel Hill. From the same exit, you can also head into neighboring Greenfield via Beechwood Blvd. and take the Greenfield Bridge into Schenley Park. The other interchange of note leads into Oakland, although the entry point is different depending on which direction you are travelling. Heading outbound from Downtown, one can exit directly onto Forbes Avenue into the heart of Oakland. Heading inbound, however, the exit will put you on Bates Street (Route 885 North) which leads up to the Boulevard of the Allies.
From Downtown, primary streets you can take to get into the district are the Boulevard of the Allies, Forbes Avenue (one-way west), Centre Avenue, or Bigelow Boulevard. Fifth Avenue runs parallel to Forbes Avenue, but is a one-way street westbound (towards Downtown) between Oakland and Downtown. On the east side of Oakland it is a two-way street and one of the primary routes used to reach Shadyside.
The Port Authority  has several bus routes heading east from downtown through Oakland, making it a very convenient place to take public transit to. Any of the 61, 67 (except for the 67H), 71, and 500 routes take you from downtown right into to the center of Oakland, and its only a 15-minute bus ride from downtown. The EBO takes the East Busway from Wilkinsburg directly to Oakland and back. The Airport Flyer 28X goes from the airport through downtown to Oakland. The 54C is a good north-south route through Oakland, taking you to South Side and the Strip District. Many other bus routes also pass through Oakland.
There are several buses routes that run through Shadyside, principally along Fifth Avenue, Ellsworth Avenue, and Centre Avenue. The 500, 71D, 77C, 78C, and East Busway routes are all prominent routes that pass through Shadyside. For Squirrel Hill, any of the 61 routes will work fine.
Oakland is heavily congested, especially during school hours, as many are traveling here to either attend class or work at one of the many universities in the area. This is further complicated by a number of one-way streets: 5th Avenue is westbound only through most of Oakland, whereas Forbes is mostly eastbound. Parking can also be fairly difficult to find, unless you're willing to park in a garage. Most of the attractions and restaurants in Oakland are within walking distance of each other, so footing it is usually easiest.
Getting to other neighborhoods can (usually) be done easily by car. Squirrel Hill usually has ample surface parking, while in Shadyside it can be a hassle. Shadyside does have a parking garage, but of course it is more expensive.
If driving is not an option, not to worry- the East End is one of the areas of Pittsburgh best served by bus.
Frick Park Entrance
Chatham University Arboretum, Chatham University (just south of 5th Ave on Woodland Rd, in North Squirrel Hill), . Estate of the Mellon family, landscaped in part by the Olmsted Brothers (who landscaped Boston Common and New York's Central Park) with many different flowering trees - now part of the grounds of Chatham University. Free.
Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St, +1 412 371-0600, . Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. A complex of museums and historic buildings including: Clayton (the home of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick), the Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, and the Greenhouse. The grounds, museums, and greenhouse are free, tours of Clayton are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children.
Frick Park, to the east of Squirrel Hill, . A wonderful wooded park (and Pittsburgh's largest) with a network of trails ideal for walking the dog or bicycling. There are several entrances to the park, the main ones being at Reynolds St and Homewood Ave (across the street from the Frick Art & Historical Center) at the north end of the park, Beechwood Blvd just south of Forbes Ave and at Nicholson St on the west side of the park, and at Forbes and Braddock Avenues on the east side of the park. From any of the entrances you'll head down shady, wooded slopes to a small valley which runs south to the Nine Mile Run Watershed, where a small stream flows into the Monongahela River. The Frick Environmental Center, off of Beechwood Blvd just south of Forbes Avenue, hosts nature programs for children and has a small pond and a woodland area for wildlife viewing. There is also a pair of excellent playgrounds in the park, one at Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson St and the other at Forbes and Braddock Avenues, along with softball fields and tennis courts.
Homewood Cemetery, 1599 S Dallas Ave (north of Frick Park), +1 412 421-1822, . A large cemetery founded in the mid 1800's. While not a tourist attraction like the old cemeteries of New Orleans or Paris, Homewood houses many ornate mausoleums, statues and memorial edifices.
Pittsburgh Center For the Arts, 6300 5th Ave, +1 412 361-0873, .
Roslyn Place, off of Ellsworth Avenue just east of Aiken Avenue, Shadyside. Turn of the century wood paved street built in 1914, lined with restored houses.
Schenley Park, . A 456-acre park is a haven for exercisers, sunbathers, and anyone who appreciates beautiful green space. On Sunday and Wednesday nights during the summer, a free movie is shown on Flagstaff Hill in the park, next to the Carnegie Mellon campus. There is a network of trails running through the park, a couple of which run to Panther Hollow Lake, a small lake just south of Phipps Conservatory. A trail runs to the lake from the park visitor center across the street from the conservatory. There's also a couple of playgrounds, a golf course, a skating rink, a swimming pool, and a disc golf course. Schenley Plaza, across from the Cathedral of Learning and the Carnegie Library, features snack stands, a carousel, and free wi-fi internet access.
Phipps Conservatory, 1 Schenley Drive, Oakland, +1 412 622-6914, . Sa-Th 9:30AM-5PM, F 9:30AM-10PM. A glass conservatory with gorgeous indoor and outdoor floral displays. There are 14 indoor rooms and several outdoor gardens, each with unique garden designs and excellent assortments of plants. There's also quite a bit of colorful sculpture throughout, decorating the already lush indoor displays. $10 adults, $9 seniors/students, $7 children, children under 2 free.
Schenley High School, 4101 Bigelow Blvd. A historic high school built in 1916 and noted for its unique triangular shape. The school is a on the National Registry of Historic Places and was the first school in the United States to cost more than a million dollars to construct.
Soldiers and Sailors Museum, 4141 5th Ave, Oakland (across the street from Pitt campus), +1 412 621-4253, . M-Sa 10AM-4PM. The museum explores the evolution of equipment and technology as well as the effects that military conflicts have had on society, honoring and educating about the sacrifices made during wartime. $5 adults, $3 seniors/veterans/children, children 5 and under free.
A large complex along Forbes Avenue between Craig Street and Schenley Plaza holds the Carnegie Museums as well as the Main Carnegie Library and a music hall.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main. Andrew Carnegie funded 2,507 libraries all over the world. Today, his 19 libraries here in Pittsburgh comprise the city's public library system. Newly renovated and welcoming, the Oakland branch is Pittsburgh's central library, with vast collections of not only printed matter, but also music, film, photographs, and more.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
T. Rex, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue, +1 412 622-3131. Museum of Art, . Museum of Natural History, . Tu-W, F-Sa 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Su noon-5PM (open Mondays July 4th-Labor Day, 10AM-5PM). $15 adults, $12 seniors, $11 students/children, children under 3 Free (admission includes entry to both museums).
A main attraction in Oakland and a highlight for any visit to Pittsburgh, these two museums sit in different wings of the same building, but blend together well and have a wealth of treasures.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has extensive exhibits covering the fields of paleontology, geology, mineralogy, and biology. Naturally, the highlight exhibits are the dinosaur halls on the first floor, which make up one of the best dinosaur skeleton collections in the world, thanks in large part to Andrew Carnegie's funding of scientific field work just as knowledge of dinosaurs became known to the world. Among the many specimens on display are complete skeletons of Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and the most complete Apatosaurus skeleton in the world. These, along with the museum's Tyrannosaurus Rex, are all the original holotypes - the skeletons used to determine how each species lived. Other fossils include Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, and sea dinosaurs, along with other rare fossils. The museum has recently acquired a currently unnamed species of Oviraptorosaurus, which will be used as a holotype for this species.
Also on the first floor is the excellent Hall of Minerals and Gems, where you'll see many exquisite and beautiful specimens, as well as a hall of fine jewelery. On the second floor, there are rooms full of habitat dioramas with North American and African animals, such as lions, zebras, polar bears, and many others. Of particular interest is a diorama of two lions attacking a man on a camel, a memorable display which perdates the museum itself. The third floor has some changing exhibits as well as some interesting anthropological exhibits, with halls dedicated to ancient Egypt, the people of the Arctic, and Native Americans.
Not to be outdone by the Natural History Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art is a world-class exhibit space with a permanent collection of paintings that include Rembrandts, Van Goghs, Cezannes, Picassos and many more. In addition it hosts temporary exhibits from other museums all over the world and funds the Carnegie International, a biennial staging of "the most important and prestigious international survey of contemporary art in North America." Most of the exhibit spaces are on the second floor, but on the first floor are the Halls of Sculpture and Architecture, which showcase other interesting works, both contemporary and classical.
Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh
Many of the University of Pittsburgh buildings are accessible to the public and situated within Oakland's Schenley Farms National Historic District. They are within short walking distance of each other and the Carnegie Museums.
The Cathedral of Learning, between 5th Avenue, Bigelow Blvd, Bellefield Avenue, and Forbes Avenue. The 42-story Charles Klauder designed Gothic Revival skyscraper, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as the anchor of the University of Pittsburgh. Construction was begun in 1926 and took ten years to complete. It is the tallest school building in the Western hemisphere and is visible from almost anywhere in Pittsburgh. On the first and third floors, surrounding its immense gothic Commons Room are the 27 Nationality Rooms. These working classrooms are each designed, constructed, and decorated in the characteristic style of 27 different cultures which represent the diverse population of Pittsburgh. Access to the building is free, and a self-guided tour of the Nationality Rooms is available for a small fee while guided tours can be reserved in advance. Much of the upper floors are composed of offices and other university facilities, however a trip to the Honors College on the 35th and 36th floors, accessible by most of the elevators, provides marvelous views of the city.
Heinz Memorial Chapel located on the grounds of the Cathedral of Learning, was built with funds left to the school by H.J. Heinz (of ketchup fame). The French Gothic Revival nondenominational chapel features 23 amazing stained-glass windows designed by Charles J. Connick’s. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass with 391 identifiable people from religion, history, science and the humanities. The transept windows are among the tallest stained glass windows in the world. Free tours may allow one sample the acoustics of the 3,770 pipe organ, and concerts and recitals are typically held on Sundays. See the website for calender.
Stephen Foster Memorial serves as a memorial, museum, and archive of the works of American folk songwriter Stephen C. Foster ("Oh! Susanna", "My Old Kentucky Home"). Admission is free and guided tours are available for a small fee when reserved in advance. The Gothic Revival building also houses the two primary theaters for the university's Department of Theatre Arts.  A schedule of shows is available on their website.
Home Plate from Forbes Field's final game
Forbes Field, though it no longer stands, you can visit what remains of the former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1909-1970). Inside Pitt's Posvar Hall on the ground floor near its original location, you can see the old home plate in a glass case embedded in the ground. Of note, and hanging nearby in Posvar Hall, is one of two surviving Langley Aerodromes, Aerodrome No. 6, which in 1896 became one of the the first heavier-than-air powered craft capable of sustained flight. Outside, south of the building, you can see what remains of the left field wall, as well as a marker where Bill Mazeroski hit the 1960 World Series winning home run against the Yankees. Every year in October, Pirates faithful will come out to the wall to listen to a recording of the game.
Frick Fine Arts Building was designed to reflect an Italian Renaissance villa and contains in its cloister a large collection of scale reproductions by Russian artist Nicholas Lochoff of 15th-century Italian Renaissance masterpieces, considered to be among the best copies in the world. The building is open to public and free to explore. It is also home to the University Art Gallery, which contains rotating exhibits and is free to the public. The are also several sculptures on the grounds around the building, including the popular photo spot of the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, titled A Song to Nature, by Victor David Brenner.
Nicholas Lochoff cloister in the Frick Fine Arts Building
The William Pitt Union, originally the Schenley Hotel, is a 1898 beaux-arts building that was Pittsburgh's premier luxury hotel in its day. As a hotel, it hosted many dignitaries including four Presidents of the United States, a slew of Hollywood celebrities such as Lillian Russell and Katharine Hepburn, along with many of the visiting baseball teams that played across the street at Forbes Field. The turn-of-the-century grandeur of the main floor lobbies and ballrooms have been restored by the university and can be accessed by the public. In addition, the Union serves as the home to the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame as well as the small Conney M. Kimbo Art Gallery. The Millennium Panther statue outside the building serves as a popular photo spot.
There are several other university buildings of note. Alumni Hall, a restored former Masonic Greek Revival temple completed by Benno Janssen in 1915, contains many of its original elements, the University's Legacy Gallery in its lobby, as well as an exhibit of “365 Views of the Cathedral of Learning” by renowned Spanish artist Felix de la Concha on the 7th floor. Salk Hall, now the home of the schools of pharmacy and dental medicine, is an Art Deco building on the upper campus that was home to Jonas Salk's lab which produced the world's first polio vaccine, considered to be one of the most significant accomplishments in medical history. The building contains small Dental and Pharmacy museums and sits next to the Petersen Events Center, which offers guided tours if reserved in advance and contains the McCarl Panthers Hall of Champions, team merchandise store, and food court. Off-campus on Pittsburgh's North Side is the Allegheny Observatory, an active astronomy observatory in Riverview Park.
Carnegie Mellon University campus
The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) campus lies just to the southeast of Oakland between Oakland and Schenley Park, and has some sights to see and nice architecture to take in. With a few exceptions, most Carnegie Mellon buildings are in the neoclassical style, with tan brick walls, hardwood doors, and iron railings. Nearly all the buildings demand a certain amount of exploration, with many hidden corners and interesting spots.
The Cut. Starting from the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Morewood Avenue, the Cut is a greenway which runs through the middle of the campus. The Cut was originally a small valley which was eventually filled in to be used as green space. The entrance to the Cut is clearly marked by the Walking to the Sky statue, a copy of the original by Jonathan Borofsky which shows a group of people walking up a steel pole. In the middle of the Cut is The Fence, a hand-painted fence which is adorned by various student messages and announcements on an ever-growing coat of paint.
Miller Gallery, in the Purnell Center for the Arts (on the Cut just off Forbes Avenue), +1 412 268-3618, . Tu-Su 12PM-6PM. A very nice and often intriguing contemporary art gallery with constantly changing exhibits. Free.
Hammerschlag Hall, Carnegie Mellon
Turning right at the Fence, you will see Hammerschlag Hall at the end of the greenway. Its distinctive tower, which makes it one of the more visible buildings on campus, was built for an interesting function - to hide a large smokestack which emerges out of the building (Carnegie was a titan of industry, after all).
Wean Hall, a Brutalist-style building just north of Hammerschlag Hall, which is home to the School of Computer Science. Inside you will find some unique features, such as displays on the history of computers and the world's first internet-enabled soda vending machine. The building to the north of Wean Hall (and down a very steep hill) is Newell-Simon Hall, home to the Robotics Institute. If you can find the main entrance to the building, you may come across their "Roboceptionist", a computer program that greets you and answers questions.
On the eastern side of the Fence is the College of Fine Arts building, which holds some reproductions of classical sculpture inside. To the east of the Fine Arts building is a labyrinthine garden atop Posner Center and just down the street is Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, home to the Carnegie Mellon School of Design, with an nice entrance rotunda and interesting artwork inside.
The Frame, 5200 Forbes Avenue (at the southeastern corner of Forbes and Margaret Morrison Street), . A student-run art gallery featuring the work of Carnegie Mellon students.
Pittsburgh Panthers, ☎ +1 412 648-7488, . Oakland once was home to many of Pittsburgh's sports teams. Most of their stadia have been demolished, but one can still cheer on the University of Pittsburgh Panthers teams at the Pitt's sports complex. The Petersen Event Center is home to both the men's and women's basketball teams, both of which are very good and comand a huge fanbase in Western Pennsylvania. Just behind Petersen is the Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Hall, home to the gymnastics, swimming, and volleyball teams. To the north of those is the Cost Sports Center and its adjacent fields, home to the baseball and softball teams.
Shadyside hosts some seasonal festivals :
Walnut Street Jam hosted the last Saturdays of June, July, and August. Local bands play on Walnut Street, which is closed to vehicular traffic, and beer is allowed on the street.
Ellsworth Arts Festival hosted the weekend after Labor Day. Ellsworth Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic, and local artists set up stalls along the street.
There is a concentration of different colleges and universities in Oakland that is perhaps only rivaled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two largest and best known are the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (called CMU for short).
Smaller schools of higher education include Carlow University, a Catholic university that largely enrolls women, and Chatham University, a private women's college.
Used Books - Oakland is a book lover's dream. Sample any of the many used book stores to see what treasure you can find.
Caliban Book Shop, 410 S Craig St., +1 412 681-9111, .
Jay's Bookstall, 3604 Fifth Ave., +1 412 683-2644. M-Th 10AM-5:30PM, F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-3PM.
Jerry's Records, 2136 Murray Ave., . More vinyl of all genres than you've probably ever seen in one place.
Pitt Paraphernalia as with any college or university, check out the school Book Center and The Pitt Shop near the Cathedral of Learning for t-shirts, hoodies, magnets, and other souvenirs. On the upper campus, near the medical center, merchandise can also be obtained at the Pittsburgh Panthers Team Store inside the lobby of the Petersen Events Center.
Walnut Street in Shadyside
Shadyside has two shopping districts: the Walnut St. district specializing in apparel, and variety stores, and the Ellsworth Ave. district specializing in art galleries.
La Feria Gift Shop, 5527 Walnut St. #2, +1 412 682-4501, . A gift shop selling ethnic Peruvian handicrafts, as part of the La Feria restaurant.
Kards Unlimited, 5522 Walnut St., +1 412 622-0500. A strange store which sells novelty stuff. They sell books, stationary, toys, etc.
Kawaii Store, 5413B Walnut St. #B, +1 412 687-2480, . This little shop sells Japanese stuff. It has a lot of Choco-Cat, Totoro, etc merchandise.
Maser Galleries, 5427 Walnut St., +1 412 687-0885, . Much of the art is contemporary, but the collection is eclectic, including sports art, traditional oil paintings, and work by the finest national and international masters.
Schiller's Pharmacy, 811 S Aiken Ave., +1 412 621-5900. Great pharmacy with upscale bath products and cosmetic lines. Friendly staff.
Tokyo Japanese Food Store, 5853 Ellsworth Ave., +1 412 661-3777, .
Brand stores on Walnut St. include Apple Store, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, and the Four Winds Gallery (Native American art).
Put some twenty thousand college students in a small urban area and you can be sure you won't go hungry. Or thirsty. If you've outgrown college food and college bars there are also a number of very good restaurants in the area. There is always The O, the place for some of the best fries in Pittsburgh. All along Craig Street and Forbes Avenue are restaurants ranging from Chinese and middle eastern to Subway. Here is a small sample of what's there:
Small order of fries at the "O"
Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop, 3901 Forbes Ave, +1 412 621-7388. Late hours. Better known as "the O". Originally opened across the street from Forbes Field, this place is notable for its cheap, extremely greasy food. You can get giant piles of greasy french fries for cheap, and the hot dogs and pizza are great too. If you are in Oakland, you should at least try the fries to say you have been there. The place is pretty cramped and quite filthy; you don't want to use the bathroom. It has a reputation for being dangerous (a lot of people come here after drinking), but there is always at least one cop there at all times. Cash only.
Dave & Andy's Homemade Ice Cream, 207 Atwood St, +1 412 681-9906. Their ice cream, made right on the premises, is continually ranked as the best in the city and has been recognized as one of the Top 10 in the nation by USAToday.
Uncle Sam's Subs, 210 Oakland Avenue, 1+412 621-1885, This classic Pitt sub shop specializes in cheesesteaks. Originating at this location, Uncle Sam's has expanded to across the city.
Union Grill, 413 S Craig St, +1 412 681-8620. Classic American Food - burgers, desserts and other American food. This place can get really crowded at lunch time.
Taiwan Cafe, 3725 Forbes Ave, +1 412 687-6288. Excellent, cheap Chinese food and there's always seems to be a group of Chinese students inside enjoying a meal. They also have a huge selection of beer.
India Garden, 328 Atwood St, +1 412 682-3000, . India Garden is probably the most famous Indian restaurant in Pittsburgh. The food is really good, but the service isn't always the best and the Servers aren't always fluent in English. The restaurant is generally loud, with two TV sets playing Bollywood music videos while Hindi pop music blasts from the speakers. The half off specials between 4PM-6PM, 10PM-1AM, are just awesome and they have a buffet at lunch from 12PM-3PM.
Star of India, 412 S Craig St (near the Carnegie museums), +1 412 681-5700. It is across the street from an Indian grocery store.
Tamarind, 257 N Craig St, +1 412 605-0500, . Further away from the campuses in an old Victorian house, specializing in south Indian fare. They offer a very good lunch buffet daily. Closed Mondays.
Mad Mex, 370 Atwood Street, +1 412 681-5656, . Great food. Food is half off from 11pm-1am. Mexican food. The employees are mostly punk types while the crowd is usually yuppie.
Mi Ranchito, 346 Atwood Street, +1 412 586-7304. Great, authentic, Mexican food. Half off 10pm-12am. Also has a bar open until 2am.
Veracruz, 3715 Forbes, +1 412 688-0766. Frequented by students for its inexpensive Mexican food, with a focus on beans.
Fuel & Fuddle, 214 Oakland Avenue, +1 412 682-3473, . Good food. Vegetarian friendly. It has a hipster crowd. The prices are about $10 for a meal.
There is also a Primanti Brothers near campus, and of course chains like Chipotle, Q'Doba, Five Guys Burgers, and larger chains like McDonald's, Arbys, and Panera Bread.
Squirrel Hill is home to a diverse assortment of cafes and restaurants - from kosher to Asian to Middle Eastern - along Forbes and Murray Avenues.
Aiello's, 2112 Murray Ave, +1 412 521-9973, . In contention for the best pizza in the Burgh, along with Mineo's next door. It's a local favorite, and is a common hang out for many nearby high school students. The pepperoni rolls are to die for, loaded with parm. It has a classic Italian pizzeria atmosphere with friendly and personable staff. They are open till 2AM so you can always grab a cut to go.
Mineo's, 2128 Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill, ☎ +1 412-521-9864, . Another local favorite pizza place, rival of nearby Aiello's
Chaya Japanese Cuisine, 2032 Murray Ave, +1 412 422-2082, . Amazingly good sushi, worth every penny. One of the few places in the country where you will find wasabi made from fresh wasabi root instead of powder; the waiter will proudly show you the root if you ask. Word of warning: its capacity is tiny, and don't expect to be acknowledged as you wait for a table.
Eat 'n Park, 1816 Murray Ave, +1 412 422-7203, . Family-friendly local chain. Fair prices, friendly service, and their trademark smiley cookie. Many only eat here when they have to (i.e. after the bars close) but others eat here by choice. Open 24 hours.
Gullifty's Restaurant, 1922 Murray Avenue, +1 412 521-8222. . A varied menu and Pittsburgh's Best Desserts 22 years running. not only do they have award winning desserts, but delicious entrées as well. They have been offering live jazz many nights, it simply sets a lovely environment to wine and dine.
Milky Way, 2120 Murray Ave, +1 412 421-3121. This vegetarian restaurant has an assortment of pizzas. They have many salads and make a great falafel. The best part about it is that it is kosher. For any people who keep religious eating habits, this would be the place to go.
Mediterranean Grill, 5824 Forbes Ave, Squirrel Hill, ☎ +1 412-521-5505. A nondescript entry hides a hole-in-the-wall restaurant below the street level. The menu is predominately Lebanese, but contains a variety of foods in a range of prices. BYOB.
Doc's Place, 5442 Walnut St., +1 412 681-3713, . An excellent bar pub. Expect to spend about $10 on your meal. Great burgers.
Elbow Room, 5744 1/2 Ellsworth Ave., +1 412 441-5222, . Try the mixed fritters and fries plate.
Hemingways, 3911 Forbes Ave., +1 412 621-4100, . $1 Miller Lites, microbrew selection, combined with the food, great place to drink. A lot of girls. Usually so packed during the school year it's hard to order a drink...or even move. As with many places in the U.S. don't be fooled by the $1 draft drink specials as you're getting a small plastic cup of beer, not a pint.
Gene's Place, 3616 Louisa St., +1 412 682-9213. Really cheap drinks ($3 mixed, $2-3 22oz beers, $5.50 pitchers). Some microbrews. No food. College neighborhood bar. If you are looking to drink cheap, here is the place.
Mi Ranchito, 346 Atwood Street, +1 412 586-7304. Food until midnight, half off food from 10pm-12am. $2.50 for all domestics (including Sam Adams). $3 mixed drinks. Beer and drink specials every night.
Mad Mex, 370 Atwood Street (Atwood and Bates), +1 412 681-5656. Excellent beer selection (9 or so microbrews on tap, extensive bottle selection). The frozen margaritas are great. Expensive unless you come during a drink special (4:30PM-6:30PM for happy hour, 9PM-11PM for evening special). Great food if you like to eat while you drink.
Fuel and Fuddle, 212 Oakland Ave, +1 412 682-3473, . The crowd is hipster. They have a large microbrew draft selection (12 or so) and an extremely extensive bottle selection. Half price menu items are offered after 11pm (until about 1am) every night. As a result there are large crowds of underage college students waiting outside for tables. If you're 21+ you can cut though the crowd sit at the bar and eat there.
Doc's Place, 5442 Walnut Street, Shadyside. +1 412 681-3713, . Great bar. Cheap prices ($1-3 for a beer, $5 or 6 for a pitcher). They offer a balcony to drink on that overlooks Walnut Street.
61c Cafe, 1839 Murray Ave., +1 412 521-6161, . Named for the bus of the same name that stops nearby. Pretty good coffee, friendly baristas - one of the hipper spots to hang out, usually full of grad students. Free wifi. Warning: there are only 2 outlets for laptops, and they are in high demand.
Since Oakland is a "college town", as well as a center of research and technology, there are some accommodations including most of the big name chain hotels. In addition the area has very frequent bus connections to Downtown which is only a ten or fifteen minute ride to all the large downtown hotels.
Holiday Inn Pittsburgh at University Center, 100 Lytton Ave., +1 412 682-6200, , In the heart of Pitt's campus and the closest hotel to the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie Museums.
Wyndham Garden Hotel - University Place, 3454 Forbes Ave., +1 412 683-2040, . Borders the Pitt campus and closest hotel to the University's Medical Center's Oakland hospitals.
Quality Inn University Center, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, +1 412 683-6100, , Most likely the cheapest accommodations in Oakland and located across the street from UPMC's Magee Womens Hospital.
Residence Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center, 3896 Bigelow Blvd., +1 412 621-2200, . Located on the north end of Oakland.
Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Oakland University Center Hotel, 3315 Hamlet St., +1 412 681-1000, . Situated on the west end of Oakland closest to and Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.