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#4 Best Neighborhoods for Young Professionals in Pittsburgh

#10 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Pittsburgh

 A formerly industrial neighborhood with a rich history, Lawrenceville has transformed into a hub for innovation, creativity and nightlife.

Trendy Lawrenceville is one of the largest neighborhood areas in Pittsburgh, consisting of Upper, Central, and Lower Lawrenceville. It began its revival in 2009 after UPMC opened up one of the world's leading Children's Hospitals in the neighborhood, followed by a real estate boom in recent years, with price appreciation highest in the city. Happening Lawrenceville has fantastic restaurants serving everything from tacos to gourmet hot dogs and tapas, coffee shops, and a buzzing nightlife scene with dive bars, indie cinemas, nightclubs, and gay bars. Butler Street is its main artery and a shopping hotspot with boutiques, vintage stores, and trendy gift shops where you’ll find a little of everything, from cards at Wildcard to Who New?, which is jam-packed with all sorts of funky, retro décor and furniture.


The Clemente Museum features memorabilia and artifacts related to Pittsburgh Pirates baseball star Roberto Clemente in a former firehouse. Arsenal Park offers tennis courts and playgrounds, while the 300-acre Allegheny Cemetery is a beautiful place for a jog—and a history lesson. If you're looking for a place to stay around Lawrenceville, The TRYP Hotel by Wyndham was built in 2019 and had a rooftop patio with a city view.

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Must Go Places in Lawrenceville 

Lower Lawrenceville must-go places are: Poulet Bleu, a farmhouse-style eatery with French fare; Church Brew Works, a unique space in a historic church for beer fans; Arsenal Cider House, which is for cider fans serving boozy ciders; Morcilla, a tapas restaurant; Piccolo Forno, handmade pizza and pasta place; Senti, art-filled Italian eatery; and Umami, Japanese pub. Coffee lovers faves: Espresso a Mano and Ineffable Ca Phe.

Central Lawrenceville must-go places are French bakery Le Gourmandine and bar/live music venue Thunderbird, while a single-screen theatre Row House Cinema is connected to  Bierport’s. A relaxed stop with outdoor seating that offers Southern BBQ is Walter’s BBQ. One of the city's best bowling alleys is Arsenal Lanes, connected to Kickback’s.

Upper Lawrenceville must-go places are: casual wine bar Allegheny Wine Mixer, caffè spot L’Amore Coffe, and casual meaty tacos spot Smoke BBQ Taqueria. Beer lovers like Industry Public House’s, while the former mortuary The Abbey is a bar and restaurant now. For a fancier touch with Thai food, go to Pusadee’s Garden.

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