Shadyside is a quaint and sophisticated neighborhood, located a few minutes from the main hospital and next to UPMC Shadyside Hospital. The area is popular among residents, who appreciate its proximity to work and to the many shops and restaurants on Walnut Street. The local watering hole known as Doc's is a regular hangout, Pamela's is always the place to be for Sunday brunch, and Cappy's karaoke night gives everyone a chance to be the next American idol. Many applicant dinners are held at Walnut Grille and Pangaea, two of the many restaurants options in the neighborhood.
Located adjacent to Shadyside and near the main hospitals, Squirrel Hill is a vibrant and diverse suburban area that has become a popular place for housestaff to live. Quiet neighborhoods surround a bustling social scene that is frequented by residents and families as well as students from nearby Carnegie Mellon University. The coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants that line Murray and Forbes Avenues offer a wide selection of international cuisines and specialty interests.
The vivacious bar and pub district historically known for its eclectic mix of blue collar and alternative youth scene, the South Side continues to undergo a recent facelift. New urban-style apartments target a community of young professionals and graduate students. But amidst the variety of restaurants, shops, and specialty stores, visitors and residents are never far from a local hookah bar, tattoo parlor, or dive bar. The South Side is also home to the South Side Works, an upcoming complex of high-end shops and restaurants, and Station Square, an area of dance clubs, restaurants, and concert venues with a riverside view. Many applicant dinners are held at Ibiza, a Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar.
Once upon a time, this area was the heart of Pittsburgh's steel industry. Now the Waterfront is home to an enormous complex of restaurants, department stores, and entertainment venues. Part of the Pittsburgh revitalization, popular features include a comedy club, a dueling piano bar, Dave and Buster's, and a large multiplex cinema. New condominiums and apartments have sprung up around this bustling commercial center.
The center of Pittsburgh nightlife, the Strip District is home to numerous dance clubs, bars, and lounges. During the daytime, it's a thriving commercial district filled with international markets, fresh produce, and the famous Benkovitz fish market. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are the best time to shop, as the streets and sidewalks are lined with merchants and food stands.
Atop the highest point in the city, Mount Washington offers spectacular views of downtown Pittsburgh. Hilltop restaurants overlook Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Golden Triangle, and Point State Park.
Lawrenceville is an up and coming area that has undergone a complete revival over the past 10 years due to the building of the Children's Hospital. The neighborhood is situated around Butler street which has a variety of bars, new restaurants and shops. Lawrenceville is also home to many breweries and Arsenal, a local cidery which is a popular spot. If hankering for a treat, try Le Gourmandine, a French bakery on Butler Street.
For people who want the truly "city life" experience. Over the past few years, downtown has really undergone a rebirth. There are many new bars and restaurants along Penn avenue to enjoy an afternoon or evening. This is also where you will find the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Benedum center, and other venues to take in a show. Hop across the Allegheny River to take in a Pirates or Steelers game or head uptown for a Penguins game.
This is Pittsburgh's version of Little Italy. There are a number of specialty shops, restaurants, bars, and bakeries to enjoy along Liberty Avenue. In August, stop by for a Little Italy days, where numerous vendors, bands, and locals celebrate Bloomfield's Italian heritage.
If you are looking for a house with a big yard or are not quite the city type, you will find an abundance of great places to live just outside the city. The surrounding suburbs offer affordable housing, easy access to work, and lower tax rates. If you don't mind mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges, this might be for you.