The Strip District, home to old and new Pittsburgh favorites, is a bustling center of food, drinks, and specialty shopping. Take a stroll through the Strip and rediscover, discover, and uncover some of the city’s most unique shopping and dining experiences. 


Say “Strip District” and one place immediately comes to mind – Wholey’s. A Pittsburgh tradition since 1912, Wholey’s is the area’s largest seafood counter and offers a variety of fresh seafood from all around the world. Become inspired to try something new while you walk through Wholey’s discovering, not just the wonders of the sea, but a full fresh steak and poultry counter. Take home the heart of Wholey’s by trying one of their house-made items such as a fresh Lobster Roll or Compound Amish Butter, whipped with fresh cilantro, parsley, shallots and lemon – the perfect accompaniment to any seafood or meat item. Quench your thirst with Wholey’s Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, made daily. Wholey’s also offers a full hot foods menu, which features their famous fish sandwich. Grab a fish sandwich, sit down, and relax while taking in a taste of Pittsburgh. Wholey’s offers something for everyone. Check it out for yourself and enjoy free parking in Wholey’s parking lot while shopping at Wholey’s. Follow Wholey’s on Instagram @wholeysfish.

Posman Books

Hailing from New York City, Posman Books is a small, family-owned business that opened in Pittsburgh’s bustling Strip District Terminal in July of 2022. This unique shop offers more than just average conventional books. Posman provides a one-of-a-kind browsing experience that beckons you to peruse the thoughtfully curated collections of books, gifts, stationery, toys, and more. You’re bound to leave with something that you never knew you needed. On top of that, they’ve teamed up with Oddfellows Ice Cream Company, so you can grab a cone before you head home with your new favorite book!

4J Leggings Boutique

Located in the heart of the Strip District, 4J Leggings Boutique offers custom made leggings for “All Occasions”. This unique boutique has been serving Pittsburgh and its visitors for nine years. Store owners, Jerome and Cathy Turner, have people from all over the world coming in to purchase Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and other team “Game Day” apparel you cannot find anywhere else. Many of the team leggings are custom made and can only be found at 4J. No matter the occasion 4J has you covered from dress to casual, sports teams, and yoga. They even have custom made leggings for holidays and other occasions. Shop local or online at

Cellar on Penn

The Cellar on Penn is a satellite location of R Wine Cellar. All wines are made in the heart of the Strip District from grapes sourced from all over the world including Chile, California, and local Pennsylvania grapes. Each wine that they produce is handcrafted and carefully blended to produce distinctive, approachable and affordable wines from $17-$22 per bottle. Visit the Cellar and enjoy wines by the glass, bottle, and flight, or a selection of rotating handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced beers. In afternoons and evenings (plus a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm) you’ll find a Wine Inspired and French Influenced menu curated by their all female kitchen staff – with accommodations made for gluten free and special dietary requests. The Cellar on Penn also hosts charity and special events regularly including birthday parties, weddings, and business functions – call 412-258-3369 for details. Stop by the Cellar on Penn for a glass, bottles to go, or a private wine tasting event.

Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange

Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange is Pittsburgh’s home for gourmet coffee and tea. Located in the heart of the Strip District on Penn Avenue, they have a wide variety of flavored and unflavored coffees and teas from around the world. They also house a wide selection of nitro coffee. All beans are roasted in house in small batches. You can enjoy specialty drinks made by the Allegheny Coffee & Tea baristas or take some beans and tea home to enjoy. You can also buy all your favorite syrups and candles to bring the smell of Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange home.

PA Market

Spring is blooming at The PA Market as they introduce three new seasonal cocktail menus, featuring vibrant, citrus-inspired flavors. Their expertly crafted cocktails and ever-popular mocktails are infused with house-made syrups that capture the essence of refreshing ingredients like mint, cucumber, mango, banana, peach, blueberry, and more delicious fruity tang! You can also find many spring items in their five restaurant menus, conveniently located on the second floor in a counter-style setting. They now feature Asparagus Mushroom Canapé, Moroccan Spiced Snapper, Spring Garden Pizza, or Tabbouleh Bowl, just to name a few! In true European tradition, there are endless selections to explore, and taste, during your visit. Choose your own culinary adventure and enjoy it anywhere for a relaxed dining experience.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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