Here’s a fact for you: Pittsburghers loves Pittsburgh. If you’re from here or have ever lived here, you have an affinity for this place. One that your friends from other cities just can’t seem to wrap their heads around. But now you can use this list to explain to them that there’s more to Pittsburgh than steel and sports.
We don’t HAVE the steel mills. These days we’re a hub for technology, startups and education.
And the city is not covered in soot. We’re actually very green. Phipps Conservatory boasts one of the greenest buildings in the world and PNC boasts the greenest skyscraper.
It’s where we go kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Yes, in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh and Philly are five hours apart, on opposite sides of the state.
We take our sports rivalries seriously. We love the Steelers and the Penguins, and we go to PNC Park for the panoramic view, pierogi races and the occasional winning streak (followed by an inevitable slump).
It began as a rally towel reserved for Steeler games. Now it’s a fashion accessory for Yinzers everywhere.
It’s called Pittsburghese and its spoken by yinzers… Ok so A Yinzer is a quintessential Pittsburgher, who owns nothing but Stillers gear and says things like – jagoff, Dahn-tahn and Mt. Worsh-in-tin. Check out Pittsburgh Dad, to see what we mean.
Arts and culture thrive at places like the Warhol, Mattress Factory and Carnegie Museums. See also: The Pittsburgh cultural trust, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Make getting to any one these places nearly impossible for newcomers.
The locals are more than happy to point you in the right direction.
This former manufacturing center is now home to specialty eats, street vendors and swanky lofts.
It’s called Primanti Brothers, a rite of passage for any first time visitor to the ‘Burgh.
Take your pick from Pamela’s, Deluca’s, Coca Cafe or Meat and Potatoes.
Around these parts, those heavenly dumplings are a food group unto themselves.
Our food scene is on the rise thanks to some of the best restaurants in the country, like Cure, Morcilla, Whitefield, and Umami. If you don’t believe us just listen to Andrew Zimmern: “I hate to be one of those people who’s like ‘Pittsburgh is the next big thing,’ but I get around more than most people and I’m telling you, Pittsburgh is like the next big thing.”
A trip to Mt. Washington, a ride on the incline and a walk along Grandview Ave.
We’d be happy to have you, neighbor.
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