Neighborhood Guide: The Strip District
Natives just call it The Strip (which has nothing to do with being naked, although things do get a little wild at night). This neighborhood has a long history as a wholesale headquarters with its proximity to the Allegheny River and major rail lines, but its future is high-tech. And apartments and condos are springing up overnight. The roots of this strip of land between the river and the hillside explain why food and drink are still a driving force, from specialty grocers to restaurants and bars. Shopping? Just browse Smallman Street or Penn Avenue (and the connecting streets between them) and you’ll find what you were looking for – and even things you didn’t know you needed. If you haven’t been to The Strip on a weekend, you have no idea how vibrant Pittsburgh can be.
Did you know: Primanti Brothers’ original location in The Strip is where the iconic sandwich got its start as a handy meal-on-the-go for truckers. That’s why there are fries and slaw between the bread. And if you order them on the side, everyone will laugh at you.
Famous landmark: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is impossible to miss at Smallman and 21st streets (Smallman appears to run right into it). It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and a welcome respite from the hectic vibe of The Strip.
Major institutions: Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, The Terminal