Fact: People from Pennsylvania love Pennsylvania. Especially the ones who have moved away. Those people might say that they love their new city, but then they’ll rant about all the things they miss about PA (pepperoni balls, play dough cookies, Lake Erie). I do this about twice a week.
And the ones that stay or come back, they’re full of pride for anything local, we’ll get to that this week. Like, hardcore-serious-no-joke pride. Which brings us to Pittsburgh PA, by far one of the most exciting cities in the world right now. Pittsburgh is landing high on a lot of lists - most livable, most affordable, best cities to pursue the 'American Dream', safest cities, good job market, @forbes America's smartest cities, and @natgeo's ‘Best Trips’. What more do you want people!
We’re following Pittsburgh local Alisha Johns @alishylishy, the founder of LISH creative, a boutique social media agency specializing in fashion, lifestyle & hospitality brands. “This city is experiencing a revival and it’s inspiring to see creativity play a role in that. As a kid growing up in the suburbs, I never realized how much incredible art & culture existed beyond the Fort Pitt Tunnels. It’s a mid-size city with a refreshingly walkable downtown, and pockets of neighborhoods with a unique personality. It’s not laid back, but not super fast-paced - it’s a nice in between and very friendly. Pittsburghers are full of an immense pride for their hometown. They love our sports teams, they love our food staples, and they will let everyone know they’re from this city. It’s something to celebrate.”
ALISHA JOHNS @alishylishy
Hellooo @alishylishy here! The first stop on our Pittsburgh adventure is checking in to the stunning Hotel Monaco (@kimptoninpgh)! Although I've never taken a staycation here, I love exploring their bright decor (floral chandelier, bright yellow sofas, vibrant green armoires!) and hanging out on their gorgeous rooftop Biergarten in the summer time ✨ Pittsburgh's on the rise and boutique hotels like this and the newly opened ACE hotel (can you even believe it?!) are giving guests a cool place to stay
Good morning! It's @alishylishy back from Pittsburgh! Although we don't have these blue skies today... it's a chilly 5 degrees here this morning...the iconic PPG Place always manages to look like a sparkly ice castle 😍💎 It can be spotted in one of the many movies filmed here, and in the winter months, it is home to a public ice rink that is filled with reflecting lights. It is located right next to Market Square, the heart and soul of downtown, and there is even a Primanti Brothers - Pittsburgh's signature sandwich shop - right next door
(at PPG Place)
💕🍦 @alishylishy here, and I think it's time for a classic Pittsburgh sugar rush - @sarriscandies. Venture south of the city into the suburb of Canonsburg, PA to find the grandest, sweetest storefront you ever did see! 👑🍫❤️ Founded in 1963 by a local family, Sarris' now boasts a 1500lb chocolate castle (no, that's not a typo!), whimsical murals, life-sized stuffed animals, and an old fashioned ice cream parlour. But hey, heads up on the sundaes - they're way larger than you would think!
(at Sarris Candies)
Pittsburgh winters can be frigid...it's a cool 9 degrees here this morning! 🙈❄️ But the Carnegie Museum of Art (@thecmoa) offers a warm and colorful escape to brighten your day and inspire creativity ✨🎨 From fine art to contemporary, there's something for everyone! 🎉 My favorites are the giant Monet, Bruce Nauman's neon - which I posted on my feed (@alishylishy) yesterday - and this color-blocked lobby mural by Sol Lewitt
⚡☕️️Afternoon caffeine boost anyone?! There are so many great places to fuel up in the city of Pittsburgh, but my favorite is Carnegie Coffee Company 💕 Just south of downtown, you'll find the quaint town of Carnegie. It's home to stellar street art, a few shops & restaurants, a new brewery, and this amazing post-office turned coffee joint! The space is light and airy with huge, rounded windows, a second floor loft space, and even a British phone booth! And then there are those almond milk lattes...
@alishylishy back with one of Pittsburgh's most colorful spots - Randyland! When I stumbled across this bright oasis in the Northside I could not even believe my eyes! 😱🎨🎉 Pittsburgh local Randy Gilson made it his mission to bring life to his neighborhood. With the help of community volunteers, he has transformed his home and nearly the entire block into a colorful, up-cycled sensation. From murals, to mosaics, to painted furniture, and dozens of colorful doors, Randyland is a unique and vibrant sight to see
Looking for some Pittsburgh shopping & eats?! Head to Lawrencville's Butler Street for a wide range of hip restaurants and boutiques including the crazy chic Number Fourteen (@no14boutique). Originally an old bar, the space was revitalized by a local mother-daughter duo and transformed into a retail wonderland. ✨😍 Pink tissue poms hang across exposed brick, vintage hotel bell carts are adorned with sweet frocks, a blue bicycle doubles as the bathroom sink, and then there are those floors.....! You can see another over on my feed (@alishylishy)! 😘💕 Bonus - La Gourmandine, an irresistible French bakery, is right next door
(at Number Fourteen)
Hey - @alishylishy here! If you're looking for Pittsburgh's best street art, head to Braddock. These church doors by @Swoonhq 🎨 are just the beginning!! You'll find the most colorful graffiti wall you've ever seen, an incredible warehouse painted by @mayahayuk (it's the rainbow in my prof pic!) and dozens of other works by various artists. Braddock was one of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods affected most by the collapse of the steel industry, but today, it is on the upswing. You can even grab a drink at @brewgentlemen to top off a day of color hunting
(at North Braddock)
Ready for another great cold weather escape? Head to the @carnegiemnh located in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. It's sandwiched right between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and is directly across the street from Heinz Chapel and Pitt's Cathedral of Learning, which also happens to be the tallest gothic-style building in the world! The museum is full of dinosaurs, gems, and this incredible hall of sculptures. Plus, it's connected to the @thecmoa (see a few posts back)!!! And if you're an early riser, start with breakfast at Pamela's Diner on Forbes, they have the best crepe hotcakes around!
Happy Fri-yay! @alishylishy here with another one of my fav Pittsburgh murals! I first noticed this amazing color-blocked piece while driving on the parkway (one of our major highways). After some research, I discovered that it was located in the Southside neighborhood in the M. Berger Industrial Park - 401 Bingham St to be exact! The mural was done by Anthony Purcell but was actually based off of an original painting by Cheonae Kim titled Cadaques! Since it is located in a working industrial park, I would recommend visiting outside of normal biz hours for the best photo opp! Believe me - it is so worth it!
(at 401 Bingham St.)
I love exploring the amazing glass greenhouses of @phippsconservatory especially on snowy days like today! 🌵🌺🌴❄️ Located in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park, Phipps is home to vibrant orchids, beautiful palms, and the most incredible Chihuly glass work - I mean check out this chandelier......!
(📷 by @alishylishy)
@alishylishy back from Pittsburgh! There is so much snow out there right now but these colorful macarons from @gabyetjules can brighten up any day! Head to this authentic Parisian style patisserie in Squirrel Hill for a rainbow of 17 flavors including blueberry, nutella and even "Le Pittsburgh," a black and gold variety 😍💕 Can't make it to their storefront? Pop into Market Square Grocery downtown for a mini display of macs
Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood is on the rise. It's full of restaurants, coworking spaces, and the incredible @acehotel. With only 8 other locations around the globe, Ace choosing this city was huge news! Occupying a former YMCA, the Ace is an extremely cool mix of old meets new with incredible natural light.
✨enjoy! (📷 by @alishylishy)
(at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh)
@alishylishy here - I'm signing out from Pittsburgh with a sunny summertime throwback! The view of downtown from PNC Park (the home of our beloved Pirates baseball team) is a must see, so head to a ball game! Make sure to walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge and you can even rent a kayak to explore the three rivers! 💛🎉 I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite, colorful places this week! Visit between May-Sept for the best chance at a sunny day ☀️ Cheers to this beautiful city!
✨💕 Thanks for following along!
(at PNC Park)