Travel writers and tourism publications across the globe have woken up to what Pittsburghers know well—that our city is a fine destination for everything from cuisine and culture, to recreation and architecture. In the past year alone, Travel + Leisure has dubbed Pittsburgh “Cool Town, USA,” called us one of the “20 Quirkiest Cities in America,” and named us to its list of the “Best Places to Travel in 2016.”
Now the fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue has set its sights on Pittsburgh. Michaela Trimble begins her article, 5 Industrial Cities Making America’s Rust Belt Shine Again, by stating:
“A renaissance is currently underway in former manufacturing meccas, ushering in a new era of creatives opening design properties, culinary incubators, and galleries everywhere from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and tiny towns in the middle.”
Leading off with Pittsburgh, Trimble writes:
“Formerly dubbed Steel City and now affectionately known as the ‘Burgh by locals, it’s no surprise this Pennsylvania locale is quickly attracting the state’s best and brightest: As the birthplace of legendary pop icon Andy Warhol and the location where Andrew Carnegie grew to be one of the richest men in the world, Pittsburgh is the forefront for the next generation of creative connoisseurs in the Northeast. Google now calls the town’s old Nabisco factory home; Uber tested its first driverless cars here; and new, community-focused hotels like Ace Hotel Pittsburgh are collaboratively beckoning in a new meaning to black and yellow pride.”
Getting shout-outs in Trimble’s “Where to Stay” section are the Kimpton Hotel Monaco downtown and East Liberty’s new Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.
Where to eat and drink and what to do while in Pittsburgh?
Favorite food and drink destinations on Vogue’s local itinerary are Lawrenceville hotspots such Morcilla, The Abbey and Espresso a Mano, East Liberty eateries Pizza Taglio and Whitfield at the Ace, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina and Smallman Galley in the Strip District, downtown’s Sienna Mercato and Il Tetto, and Conflict Kitchen in Oakland.
Writing about Pittsburgh’s newly energized indie shopping scene, Trimble writes:
“Start your exploration of Pittsburgh with a visit to the city’s best shops. Drop in Who New? Retro-Mod Decor for quirky vintage home accessories, and take a visit to Von Walter & Funk for an eclectic mix of the finer things, like liquor decanters and copper Moscow Mule mugs.”
In terms of Pittsburgh’s rich arts and cultural community, Trimble recommends Contemporary Craft, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Frick Art & Historical Center, Mattress Factory, and Andy Warhol Museum.
Also making Vogue‘s guide are Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati.