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Walkable residential Shadyside offers a European vibe with many cafes, exclusive shopping, and elegant homes.
Quaint and walkable Shadyside is located in the heart of Pittsburgh's East End and offers urban living with a tree-lined village feel. Since the 1920s, a mix of affluent families, academia, artists, and students have called Shadyside their home while becoming a haven for hippies and other counterculture types, including LGBTQ people in the 1960s and 70s. Stately Victorian mansions sit elegantly alongside carefully restored homes, condos, and apartment complexes, with college students, sandwiched into more modest housing. With business centers on Walnut, Highland, and Ellsworth streets, Shadyside offers a bustling atmosphere of boutiques, chain retailers, antiques, and home decor stores, as quirky home furnishings Penhollows, unique gifts store Kards Unlimited and vintage clothing Hey Betty!.
The neighborhood borders Mellon Park, a historic and beautiful park with a Walled Garden with tennis bubble courts. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is a campus that offers arts education programs and contemporary art exhibitions. Walnut Street hosts a nationally recognized Art Festival on Walnut Street. Roslyn Place is said to be the only street in the country to use wood as a paving material.
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Must Go Places in Shadyside
Con Alma is a live jazz club with regular performances serving small plates & mains, plus cocktails. Big Burrito’s spots are: Casbah, a Mediterranean eatery & wine bar with Art Deco decor; Umi, Japanese sushi in an industrial-chic ambiance; and Soba has swanky Asian fusion fare. Grab a delicious brew at Adda Coffee & Tea House, Georgie’s Corner, Arriviste Coffee, Jitters, or The Coffee Tree Roasters. For casual dining, Noodlehead’s brand of Thai street food is a local favorite. For American comfort food and burgers, try Shady Grove or Urban Tap. For Mexican flare, visit Tocayo Taqueria & Tequila and Mad Mex; for Turkish flare Pasha. Beer lovers, visit The Yard. More drinking is needed – go to the dark and cozy Le Mardi Gras. Cappy’s Café and Mario's are classic laid-back watering holes with sports on TV and a pub menu.
If you’re longing for dessert, grab the famous and mouthwatering burnt almond torte at Prantl’s, some wildly excellent ice cream at Millie’s, or gelato at Mercurio’s (they make great pizza as well).