East End-North is a region of Pittsburgh, composed of the neighborhoods of the northern side of the East End region.
The Strip District  is just east of downtown Pittsburgh. Some of the streets are paved with Belgian block - stone used as ballast for empty boats coming from Europe up the Mississippi and the Ohio via New Orleans. The Strip District is a wholesale and retail place for fresh vegetables, fish and meat. Today it also has many restaurants and nightclubs. If you like to cook this is where to go. It has everything from freshly made sausage to bamboo shoots to expensive cooking gadgets and cut flowers. Gourmet coffee places mix with Martini bars and pottery stores and ethnic groceries all jumbled up together. And there's also a beautiful Greek Orthodox church right in the middle of this bustling warehouse district. A fun place to go and street watch on a nice day with a lot of creative marketeers including streetside accordionists.
Lawrenceville is one of the oldest and largest neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh with approximately 11,000 residents and three business districts. Butler Street from 34th Street to 62nd Street contains most of the shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and neighborhood-serving businesses. Penn Avenue from 34th to Friendship Avenue contains some art studios, coffee shops, funky bars, and ethnic restaurants. Liberty Avenue from 33rd Street to the Bloomfield Street Bridge features some artisan studios and restaurants. Lawrenceville is adjacent to the Strip District, Friendship, and Bloomfield neighborhoods.
Lawrenceville is quickly becoming known as one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. It has a large, vibrant community of artisans, whose galleries and studios attract people to art openings and events. Within the past few years, young entrepreneurs have flocked to the neighborhood, opening specialty shops and boutiques, home décor and furniture shops, cozy neighborhood coffee shops, renowned restaurants, and services like hair salons and yoga studios. Neighborhood events like Art All Night, a free, non-juried art exhibit that runs 24 hours straight and features artwork from everyone who submits something; the Lawrenceville Artists’ Studio Tour, which invites the public into the working studios of neighborhood artisans; and a shopping and cookie-tasting event in December both engage community residents and attract people from all over the Pittsburgh area. People also come for entertainment—there’s live music at neighborhood bars and a bowling alley. Lawrenceville is also home to the 16:62 Design Zone, an eclectic mix of art galleries, furniture shops, and specialty boutiques.
Despite all the buzz, Lawrenceville has retained its authentic, community feel. Expect to walk into the shops and be greeted by the business owners, who will likely refer you to other shops in the area if you don’t find what you’re looking for and are happy to suggest good places to dine and community events to participate in.
Bloomfield  is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh's East End and often referred to as "Little Italy." Despite being known as Pittsburgh's Little Italy, the area was originally occupied by German immigrants in the late 1700s. Irish immigrants later followed after the civil war. In the late 1800s, millworkers in nearby Lawrenceville constructed small row houses designed for single families and businesses in the style of their homeland. Previous to WWI, Liberty Avenue consisted mostly of German businesses. After the war, however, the neighborhood began to take its Italian identity.
Today, well-maintained rowhouses along quaint, narrow streets characterize Bloomfield. Here homes are often passed down through families, and grandchildren usually live just a few blocks from grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bloomfield's name was derived from the many wild flowers that bloomed there years ago.
The "Strip" has major architectural sites worth a view (most are an easy walk, the area is really not that large). Among the best is the impressive St. Stanislaus Church on Smallman Street. The size alone indicates a large Polish presence in the neighborhood, though perhaps in the past. Now serving a more heterogenious population, the structure is tribute to faith in the future, hard work and commitment of personal resources to the neighborhood, the city and adopted homeland for thousands of immigrants. The chuch's location, so near to the rail lines and warehouses, suggests that at one time this was a "walking neighborhood" whose sidewalks and brick streets saw the daily tramp of tens of thousands of feet from home, to work, to local shopping and to worship.
To get to Lawrenceville from Downtown, take Liberty Avenue away from town to 32nd Street. Turn left at 32nd, and then right onto Penn Avenue. Doughboy Square, featuring a statue of a war memorial, marks the entrance to Lawrenceville. At this intersection, stay left to go to Butler Street, where most of the businesses are, or right to go to Penn Avenue. From Route 28, take the 40th Street Bridge. The end of the bridge is the beginning of Lawrenceville, and you can either turn left or right to access different parts of the neighborhood.
By car or public transportation, once you get into Bloomfield, the area is small enough that you can easily manage getting around on foot. It is easily accessible via Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard. Liberty Avenue, being the main business district, can be heavily congested most of the day. Parking is available by meter along Liberty Avenue, though some businesses have their own small private lots. There is also a large parking garage toward the south end of Liberty Avenue, near the auto dealerships. Several bus lines run through the neighborhood. The 54C and 86A run along Liberty Avenue.
Built by the Arsenal Board of Trade and dedicated May 31, 1921, the Doughboy stands at the intersection of Butler Street and Penn Avenue at 35th Street. It serves as a memorial for the fallen United States soldiers of The Great War.
Various locations from 62nd Street to 34th Street, [email protected], . Days and times open. Antiques shops, art galleries, and specialty boutiques all make their home in the 16:62 Design Zone--Pittsburgh's arts and interior design district. The Design Zone is located in the Strip District and Lawrenceville, two of Pittsburgh's oldest neighborhoods. Housed in restored turn-of-the-century storefronts or repurposed industrial buildings, the 65+ businesses of the Design Zone feature all things design, including home furnishings, art, and handcrafted products from Pittsburgh-area artisans. Many businesses also include working studios, offering visitors the chance to see artists in action. Restaurants in the district are frequently voted as favorites among Pittsburghers and offer choices such as Italian, traditional deli, seafood, and New American.
Many are contained within the stretch of Butler Street spanning from Doughboy Square at 34th Street to 62nd Street. There are additional businesses on Penn Aveue from 40th to 45th Streets and Liberty Avenue from 34th to 40th Streets. You'll find artisan studios and art galleries, specialty shops and boutiques, home décor and furniture shops, cozy neighborhood coffee shops, renowned restaurants, and great services like hair salons and yoga studios.
Bloomfield is home to one of the city's largest, and most active, business districts along Liberty Avenue. Card shops, shoe stores, Italian restaurants, and groceries abound, attracting shoppers not only from nearby neighborhoods but from the whole Pittsburgh region.
Italian Groceries - visit one of Little Italy's specialty groceries for a taste of Italy.
Several restaurants and taverns are located along Butler Street (mainly between 40th Street and 62nd Street) in Lawrenceville. For classic Lawrenceville cuisine Frankie's Extra Long hot dog shop is one of your best bets. Also you will discover coffee shops like Coca Café, Crazy Mocha, and Perk Me Up, who offer light fare, desserts, and coffee and tea. Restaraunts like Piccolo Forno, River Moon Café, Tram’s Restaurant, Church Brew Works, Taste of India, and Sammy’s Famous Corned Beef and the Big Belly Deli provide great lunches and dinners.
Restaurants on Highland Avenue / East Liberty - The resurgence of East Liberty has provided some good restaurants on Highland Avenue. Buffalo Blues is a good neighborhood wings / pizza / beer / pool joint, and lunch at the Chinese take out / restaurant Tasty can be surprisingly economical. However, the two popular restaurants on Highland Avenue are Abay (Ethiopian) and Royal Caribbean (Jamaican) Abay offers economy lunch packages, communal eating and 2 / 3 person meal specials. The Royal Caribbean offers tasty curries and jerkies.
Bloomfield, as Pittsburgh's Little Italy, is best known for its Italian restaurants. However, expect to find a wide variety of other restaurants to meet your needs.