9 Amazing Spots for Shopping and Dining in Pittsburgh’s East End

February 24, 2019
Shop & Dine
jason wolfe
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When it comes to shopping, Pittsburgh has many amazing neighborhoods full of great stores.

Pittsburgh’s East End is no different — whether you’re in the mood for clothing, artwork, or souvenirs, you can be sure to find what you’re looking for. Comprised of the East Liberty, Bloomfield, Friendship, and Garfield areas of town, Pittsburgh’s East End also has some of the best restaurants — ones that are on every Pittsburgher’s list to try.

Below are just a couple of examples of the great shopping and dining you can find in this eclectic area of town.

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Pizza Taglio

Fresh, Roman style pizza in East Liberty

the pizza oven at Pizza Taglio
‍Handmade, Roman-style pizza with any topping you’d like. This East End pizza shop is a local favorite. Image courtesy of Pizza Taglio
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East Liberty
126 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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412-404-7410

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Wed-Sat 5-10PM

Pizza Taglio is a must-try pizza shop in East Liberty.

"The pizzas were delicious! My ricotta pizza was nice and cheesy and the fresh fried garlic on top really made the pizza..." - Yelp Review

It serves Roman style pizza — which means all these pies are made in a wood-fired oven. It does tend to take a little longer, but it’s worth it.

Using fresh, local ingredients is also a key reason people flock to this spot when they want pizza.

Like many restaurants in the area, it’s also a BYOB — so feel free to bring your favorite wine to complement these delicious pizzas!

Tessaro’s

Top-notch burgers in Pittsburgh

a burger from Tessaro's
One of the best burgers not just in the East End — but in all of Pittsburgh! Image courtesy of Tessaro’s
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Bloomfield
4601 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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412-682-6809

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Mon-Sat 11AM-11PM

If it’s a burger you’re craving, be sure to head over to Tessaro’s and try one of their famous half pound hamburgers.

“The burger hype is real! If you're looking for that grilled-cookout style burger, Tessaro's is your place.” - Yelp Review

In a world full of mediocre burgers, the ones at Tessaro’s are a breath of fresh air.

Perhaps that’s because they have an in-house butcher to cut and grind the meat daily. Their fresh ingredients and slow cooking technique keep locals and tourists alike coming back to this no-frills restaurant. Their other menu items are delicious too, be sure to try the steak sandwiches!

Iron Eden

For a one-of-a-kind experience in Bloomfield

Iron Eden
The blacksmiths at this shop can make anything you can dream of for your home or garden. It’s located right under the Bloomfield Bridge, so it’s extremely easy to find! Image courtesy of Iron Eden
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Friendship
4001 Lorigan St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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412-621-1698

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Tues-Sat 10AM-4PM

A very unique shop located in the East End is Iron Eden — which specializes in custom-made ornamental ironwork.

“This is one of the coolest places, so many neat trinkets everywhere you look.” - Google Review

They can create anything for your home or garden and would be happy to help you visualize your project.

This blacksmithing studio is located right under the Bloomfield Bridge — which serves as a very cool backdrop and has been a source of inspiration for artists. From tables, to beds, to chairs, and fences, they can make anything that's sure to enhance the decor of your home or garden!

Allure

Add to your wardrobe or art collection at this Pittsburgh boutique!

clothes, flowers, art and more at Allure
‍When you’re looking for a statement piece to complement your wardrobe, stop in to this colorful shop in Bloomfield. Image courtesy of Allure
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Bloomfield
4730 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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412-687-6390

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Tues-Fri 10AM-3PM
Sun 10AM-4:30PM

If you’re in the mood to shop for some handpicked clothes — or perhaps add to your art collection — then Allure is exactly what you’re looking for. The owner chooses clothes that are as unique as they are colorful — from many well known designers as well.

Allure is the best boutique in Pittsburgh...

The selections change depending on the seasons, so be sure to stop by often.

The artwork is all done by the owner as well, and the colors of the paintings seem to enhance the clothes that they surround. Every piece is also available for purchase, if you see something you like.

“...It is a lovely shop combined with an amazing art gallery that features pieces from the store's owner. The store is filled with beautiful clothing and accessories at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!” - Yelp Review

Arts and Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop

Old books, tarot cards, and more!

Metaphysical gifts at the Botanica Occult Shop
The only occult shop in the East End, and full of all kinds of metaphysical gifs and clothes. Image courtesy of Arts and Crafts Botanica and Occult Shop
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Bloomfield
4901 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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412-362-6132

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Tues-Fri 4-7PM
Sat 1-7PM
Sun 11AM-4PM

If it’s a rare, out-of-print book you’re after — or perhaps a new set of tarot cards — then check out Arts and Crafts Botanica & Occult Shop.

"Candles, oils, incense; many other curios for the metaphysicalist. They have beautiful art as well. The two woman I met running the shop are very warm and welcoming..." - Yelp Review

This interesting little shop is home to all things different, so if you’re looking for a gift for that hard to shop for friend — or even if you just want to get something for yourself — this a occult shop is sure to have it.

They also offer classes — so if you’ve always wanted to learn the tarot deck or take your knowledge of it even further — make sure to sign up!

Clothes Minded

High-end fashion at a great price!

Clothes Minded
With a huge array of vintage and like-new apparel, you’re sure to find something you love here. Image courtesy of Clothes Minded Yelp
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Bloomfield
4740 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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412-960-0246

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Mon-Sat 12-8PM
Sun 12-5PM

Who doesn’t love finding a unique vintage item for a great price?

"Modern resale store with a large selection of womenswear and a medium selection of menswear...Very unique and nice quality items." - Yelp Review

If this sounds like something you’re into, make sure to stop by Clothes Minded!

Here you can buy, sell, or trade your clothes for their items. Most of the pieces are vintage, but some are newer, mostly high-end fashion selections. They have a great collection of purses and handbags, too — from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes — you’re sure to find them for a great price at Clothes Minded.

The Fire Side Public House

Relax and enjoy some cold brew and daily food specials

Fire Side Public House
Shopping can work up an appetite, so be sure to stop at this local spot for cold craft beer and a sandwich. Image courtesy of Fire Side Public House
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Friendship
6290 Broad St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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412-661-9900

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Sun-Thurs 11:30AM-10PM
Fri-Sat 11:30-12AM

A  day of shopping in the East End can sure work up an appetite.

"The food here is amazing!!! The walls are made of glass and it makes the place feel so spacious...It never feels crowded or that someone can interrupt on your conversation." - Yelp Review

If you’re looking to grab some food and beer at the end of your day, consider trying the Fire Side Public House. There are daily food specials, and their huge list of draft beer is always changing.

Proudly serving a large selection of Pennsylvania craft beers, this is a great place to sit back and relax. Try one of their delicious burgers or sandwiches — be sure to save room for dessert too!

Commonplace Coffee

A nice spot to hangout in East Liberty

Commonplace Coffee
A cute little coffee shop that serves a great cup of coffee — or espresso — with a smile. Image courtesy of Commonplace Coffee
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East Liberty
5467 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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412-661-3000

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Mon-Fri 7AM-7PM
Sat-Sun 8AM-7PM

Sometimes you just need a little caffeine, especially when you’re having a busy day.

"This coffee shop has well-brewed coffee with really interesting flavored syrups like ginger and lavender for lattes." - Yelp Review

Or perhaps you just want a place to pick up your favorite coffee on a cold winter morning.

When you’re in the mood for coffee in the East End, make sure to stop by Commonplace Coffee. There are a couple of locations throughout Pittsburgh, but this spot in the East End is particularly busy.

A wide variety of people from all walks of life find this a nice spot to hang out in — the staff are extremely friendly and would love to start up a conversation with you!

Merante's Gifts

Merante Gifts
Stop by here for a taste of Italy, right in the heart of Pittsburgh’s East End! Image courtesy of Merante's Gifts
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Bloomfield
4723 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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412-682-3370

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Tues-Sat 10AM-4PM

Bloomfield is unofficially known as Pittsburgh’s Little Italy.

"Biscotti biscotti biscotti!! I love this little neighborhood shop. I'm often reminded of my Nana's house when shopping here." - Yelp Review

It is where most of the immigrants of Italian descent settled in the early part of the 20th century. Which explains why the restaurants in this part of the East End are so delicious!

If you’re looking for anything Italian, be sure to stop by Merante's Gifts — which is sure to have anything you might need. They have gift baskets, freshly made food, and all kinds of ceramics. They even offer cooking classes to teach some of their favorite — and their customers’ favorite — meals!

Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find it in Pittsburgh’s East End. If you’re looking to try innovative and create cuisine — you’ll find that here too. With so much to do, it’s easy to see why this area of the 'Burgh has become so popular! If you've found a spot you dig for shopping and dining in the East End, keep GiftYa in mind the next time you're gift giving! They offer egift cards to every spot listed in this article.

Where is your favorite place to shop and eat in Pittsburgh’s East End? Let us know in the comments!

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