Reflective of the city’s industry history are the locations and sites of its unusual shopping venues. Pittsburgh offers abundant shopping, free of sales tax on clothing and shoes, in hundreds of local shops, department stores, malls, outlets and boutique establishments.
Home to mills, factories and wholesalers in the 19th and 20th century, the Strip District and its restaurants and grocery stores were built to serve the local workers. Nowadays, the factories are gone, but the Strip still serves locals with ethnic and live food markets, clothing retailers, baked goods, and gourmet coffees. The Waterfront in Homestead was built on the site of the former U.S. Steel Homestead Works plant. Amidst the stores, restaurants and a movie theater are a cluster of smokestacks that pay homage to city’s steel history. And the Shops at Station Square, housed in a restored 19-century railway complex, feature retailers offering everything from Pittsburgh souvenirs to chic fashions.
Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods feature a business district with shops that reflect the culture of the area. Upscale boutiques, unique gift shops and popular brands line Walnut Street in Shadyside. Nearby is the up-and-coming east side, including the still growing Bakery Square and the East Liberty shopping core along Penn Avenue. Forbes and Murray avenues in Squirrel Hill are lined by small, locally owned businesses, while Butler Street through Lawrenceville features more creative wares and services, like Pavement and Jupe.
Pittsburgh also has its share of traditional shopping experiences. In and around the city are numerous indoor shopping malls, including the Mall at Robinson, Monroeville Mall and the trendy Ross Park Mall, as well as outdoor strip malls like Waterworks Mall and the Miracle Mile Shopping Center. Outlet shopping is available at the Prime Outlets at Grove City, north of Pittsburgh, and the Tanger Outlets, south of the city in Washington, Pa.
Housed on a former LTV steel plant site and located along the Monongahela River, this shopping center includes upscale and mid-range shopping and dining.
Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
Located in the Strip District, this local favorite has been serving up specialty meats, cheeses, oils and fresh pasta since 1902.
Bring the kids (and the kid in you) to Pittsburgh’s largest specialty toy store, with locations in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Downtown.