What to Do & Where to Eat

What to Do

Oakland (the neighborhood where Pitt is located) is the cultural heart of Pittsburgh. Explore its world-renowned art, architecture, parks, museums, and more while you're here for the conference.

  • Activities in Oakland
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Phipps Conservatory
  • Pittsburgh Art in Public Places—Oakland Walking Tour
  • Schenley Park and Schenley Plaza
  • University of Pittsburgh's Nationality Rooms

For additional information about Oakland and the rest of Pittsburgh, browse Cool Pittsburgh

Where to Eat

Eating Out in Oakland
From hot dogs to hummus, burgers to bulgogi…it's served within easy walking distance of Pitt's landmark Cathedral of Learning. Download a printable list of Oakland eateries (PDF).

You might want to sample a unique local staple: a Primanti Brothers sandwich, featuring your choice of meat, cheese, what-have-you...together with fries and slaw...all between two thick slices of Italian bread. Or check out "The O"—the Original Hot Dog Shop, a Pitt student hangout for generations.


  • Bridges Restaurant and Lounge (located in the Holiday Inn)
  • Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
  • Fuel & Fuddle
  • Hemingway’s Café
  • Pamela’s
  • Stack'd
  • Union Grill

Asian & Indian

  • Hunan Bar
  • Lulu’s Noodles/Yum Wok
  • Prince of India
  • Spice Island Teahouse
  • Szechuan Express
  • Thai Place Café

Coffee & Snacks

  • Crazy Mocha
  • Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Millie's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Redhawk
  • Salúd Juicery Oakland
  • Treats n Beans

Delis & Sandwiches

  • Primanti Brothers
  • Uncle Sam’s Subs

European & Middle Eastern

  • Forbes Gyro
  • Halal Pitt
  • Crepes Parisiennes Lucca

Hispanic/Latin American

  • Mad Mex
  • Las Palmas


  • EatUnique
  • Hello Bistro
  • Pitada Italian Bistro
  • Roots Natural Kitchen