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Pittsburgh/East End-North

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Common street in Lawrenceville

East End-North is a region of Pittsburgh, composed of the neighborhoods of the northern side of the East End region.


The Strip District [1] 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.

Welcome Sign near the Bloomfield Bridge

Bloomfield [2] 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.

Get in

  • From downtown take Liberty avenue east.

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.


  • The Strip Show, [3] which is actually a scene-by-scene script of a movie, The Strip Show, produced by WQED a local public television station. It has information on most of the really unique places in the district. If you like you can buy a copy of the DVD for twenty bucks. It's interesting.
  • Heinz History Museum [4], recently affiliated with the Smithsonian, contains 250 years of Pittsburgh history.
  • Allegheny river. A couple blocks north of the strip. Nice restaurants on barges anchored in the river.
  • The Doughboy

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[5].

  • 16:62 Design Zone

Various locations from 62nd Street to 34th Street, [email protected], [6]. 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.

  • Lawrenceville Shops and Restaurants [7]

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.

St. Joseph's Parish
  • Bloomfield Preservation & Heritage Society Museum and Gallery located at 4727 Friendship Avenue, is the place to go to brush up local history and learn more about the neighborhood.
  • East Liberty Presbyterian Church: Just north of Shadyside in East Liberty, featuring ornate stonework, beautiful stained glass and woodwork.


  • Little Italy Days is held every September and celebrates the neighborhood's Italian heritage. Liberty Avenue becomes filled with street vendors selling Italian food, art, and souvenirs. Live music is also performed, as well as contests and other activities.
  • Halloween Parade is also held annually. It is the neighborhood's largest nighttime parade.


  • Mon Aimee Chocolate - - Gourmet chocolate importer. They have all sorts of weird chocolates from around the world. Be prepared to pay a lot. Some chocolate bars cost up to $20 to $30. The staff are really helpful and pack your bag with ice in the summer to prevent the chocolate from melting. Just be prepared to pay a lot of money for chocolate.
  • The main shopping district in East Liberty is along Highland Avenue.
  • Caribbean Grocery on Highland Avenue.

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.

  • Donatelli’s Italian Food Center at 4711 Liberty Ave
  • Groceria Italiana at 237 Cedarville St


  • Primanti Brothers, 46 18th St, +1 412 263-2142, [8]. Famous sandwiches. Open 24 hours. If you are in Pittsburgh, you need to eat here at least once; they serve famous sandwiches with the french fries and coleslaw right in the sandwich with whatever else you order: deli meat, hot sausage, and ... you get the idea. They have a bar too of course. It was founded in 1934 to serve the truckers that brought vegetables to the Strip District. $8 (sandwich and a soft, let's say pop).

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.

  • Tram's, 4050 Penn Ave, +1 412 682-2688. Excellent, hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese, owned and operated almost single-handedly by Mr. Tram himself.

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.

  • The Sharp Edge, 302 South Clair Street, +1 412 661-3537, [9]. For a place that calls itself a "Beer Emporium", it certainly does not disappoint, with more than 20 Belgians on tap among its offerings. A cozy neighborhood establishment, with a pinball machine to boot.

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.

  • Tessaro's at 4601 Liberty Ave is year in and out rated as the best place in town to get hamburgers. Read the review featured in the Post-Gazette [10]
  • Orient Kitchen, 4808 Baum Boulevard. +1 412 683-3300. A popular restaurant among Pittsburgh's college students and Asian-American community. The salt-baked squid is not to be missed.
  • Paddy Cake Bakery at 4763 Liberty Ave is the neighborhood bakery. They have an excellent selection of cookies and cupcakes to go, or you can make larger orders as well.
  • Alexander's Pasta Express at 5104 Liberty Ave is frequently rated as having the best Italian in Pittsburgh. Featuring both dining tables and a bar, the menu allows you to choose from various options to create your perfect pasta.
  • Cafe Roma at 4770 Liberty Ave.
  • D’amico’s Place at 4744 Liberty Ave.
  • Del’s Bar and Ristorante DelPizzo at 4428 Liberty Ave
  • Angelo's Pizza at 4766 Liberty Ave. Angelo's is a well know first generation Italian family owned and operated pizza establishment. A popular destination for locals, Angelo’s attracts business from all over Pittsburgh and caters to many hospitals and businesses in the area. Angelo’s is well known for their filling portions, insatiable hoagies, hand crafted pizzas with fresh toppings, and one of a kind homemade “Mayonnaise”. Be sure to catch General Manager Rita during the day, she produces the best hoagies and pizzas in Pittsburgh. Angelo’s offers basic cuisine done exceptionally well.
  • Pizza Bellagio at 315 N Craig St.
  • Pizza Italia at 4512 Liberty Ave.
Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
  • Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, 4412 Liberty Avenue (at the corner of Liberty Avenue and the Bloomfield Bridge), +1 412 682-8611. A neighborhood landmark, as it welcomes visitors into the neighborhood with its "Welcome to Bloomfield" mural. The outside is also decorated with murals of famous Poles, as well as crests for major cities in Poland. On the inside expect to find Polish favorites such as halusky, pierogies, and duck soup. Live music is often featured throughout the week.




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