Going on almost eight years in business, Delanie’s Coffee is a now a stronghold of Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. This coffee shop and café welcomes an eclectic crowd of people, which includes plenty of regulars, as well as passing foot traffic and the occasional out-of-towner. Located at the corner of 18th and Carson Street, it’s been called “the heart of the South Side” by many of its frequent visitors.
Delanie’s offers a full menu of coffees, teas, and specialty drinks. They also serve food until 5PM, with a variety of breakfast sandwiches being some of the most popular menu items. Additionally, they make fresh, cold-pressed raw juice daily. The cookies and pastries are baked by 350° Bakery. The coffee shop is open from 7AM-8PM Monday through Saturday and 7AM-7PM on Sundays.
The friendly and approachable staff are just one of the reasons that the shop has such as cult following. Delanie’s currently employs eight quirky individuals, all of whom will learn your name and your food and drink preferences if you visit often enough. The staff rotate through their own playlists for the shop music, so make sure you have Shazam on the ready.
When the weather is nice, the coffee shop opens its front windows so that patrons can feel the breeze and observe the hustle and bustle of one of Pittsburgh’s busiest city streets. During the winter months there’s often a scramble to get seats up in the charming upstairs loft, where business folks hold meetings, students hole up for study sessions, and those who are just weary from the cold take a break in the armchairs and browse through coffee table books. You’ll often see customers forge friendships and professional connections as they wait for their drinks or pull up seats next to each other.
Delanie’s also strives to be a community partner. Artwork adorns the walls, with vibrant photos and paintings available for sale by local artists. Volunteer and hobby groups often host meetings here, and poetry slams and comedy nights use the space for events. The coffee shop has also donated or participated in charitable events for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Heart Association, Toys for Tots, South Side Chamber of Commerce, and the Brashear Association.
Next time you’re in the South Side, make sure to visit Delanie’s Coffee for some heartwarming food, coffee, and friendship.