What to See and Do in the Steel City

Pittsburgh, also known as the “Steel City” or the “City of Bridges,” is a must-see destination. Okay, maybe I’m a little biased, but hear me out. There are so many things that make this city amazing, like it’s charm and culture, obsession for the “Black and Gold,” and love for pierogies.

Having lived in Pittsburgh for the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the city first hand. If you’ve never been, or you want to come back, here is a list of things that you have to do in Pittsburgh. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Ride the incline and take in the gorgeous views of Mt. Washington. The best views of the city are up on Mt. Washington. I don’t get to do this enough, but when I do, I’m always reminded of how beautiful this city is.
  2. Go to Pamela’s and get some specialty hotcakes. Imagine sliced bananas and melted chocolate chips rolled into a thin, crepe-like pancake. Oh, and it’s loaded with whipped cream on top. Pamela’s is also known for Lyonnaise Potatoes, which are deliciousThere are a few locations throughout Pittsburgh, and I’m lucky to have one a few blocks away.
  1. Take in a sporting event. PNC Park is one of the most beautiful ball parks in the country, and Heinz Field is great too. Both have unbeatable views of the three rivers and the city. Attending a Penguins game on my list of things I have to do.
  2. Primanti Brothers. Chances are that you’ve heard about the sandwiches with the fries on them. Just go and try one, and I promise you’ll understand how fantastic they are.
  3. Ice skating at PPG Place. This one I have yet to try, but I’m hoping to knock it off this year. Great way to enjoy the holiday lights downtown.
  4. Visit the Cathedral of Learning. Pitt students affectionately call it “Cathy” and some people even think that it looks like Hogwart’s. The architecture is amazing, and you can take tours of the nationality rooms. 
  5. Order fries at the Original Hotdog Shop. Order fries at theOriginal Hotdog Shop. Right down the block from Primanti Brothers and Pamela’s in Oakland, the “O” has unbelievably good french fries. Be cautious about sizing. A small could easily feed a family of four. Don’t go buy the containers they put on the wall. They will give you double what the container can hold.
  6. History. Pittsburgh has a lot of great museums, but this one is my favorite. The North American animals exhibit is incredible (and very realistic). The Mattress Factory and the Andy Warhol Museum are must-sees too.
  • Amy
    November 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    wow that whipped cream! I would go just for that delicious looking drink!

    • Ellen Borza
      November 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      It's hot chocolate, and it's so delicious! Thanks for reading!

  • Zoe Diaz-McLeese
    November 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    This all seems so fun! I definitely want to visit now. 🙂 Especially that Cathedral of Learning! It's so beautiful outside, and I can't imagine the inside!

    Zoe | La Vie en Zoe

    • Ellen Borza
      November 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      The inside is incredible. Definitely a must-see! I love having classes in there.

  • The Preppy Sisters
    November 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing, it looks gorgeous there! I will have to try pamela's one day, it looks incredible. Also, I love your blog, I just started following 🙂


    • Ellen Borza
      November 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Trust me, if you try Pamela's you will NOT be disappointed. Thanks for reading!

  • Sara Steinbaecher
    November 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I've had the privilege of doing 4 out of the 8! All phenomenal suggestions. I'll have to get Tom to take me to the other four 🙂 Love the blog!

    • Ellen Borza
      November 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Aw thanks, Sara! You gotta come back and knock out those other four. Miss you!

  • AJ
    November 7, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Seems like so much fun! Great ideas 🙂

    xoxo AJ
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    • Ellen Borza
      November 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you for reading!