Oakland

The Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh is a thriving commercial and residential area. Oakland is surrounded by the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Bloomfield, Hill District, and Bluff.

Art museums, history centers, prestigious universities, grand architecture, quaint coffee shops, international cuisine, arcades, art cinemas, live entertainment, and two main thoroughfares all describe the hustle and bustle that is Oakland. In short, Oakland is the cultural, medical, educational, spiritual, and technological center of Pittsburgh, boasting many world-renowned institutions and attractions. Moreover, it is the entrance to the charm and natural beauties of expansive Schenley Park.

Many Oakland residents are students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, or Carlow College, creating a diverse student/residential body that is comprised of individuals from at least 90 nations. Long considered the cultural center of Pittsburgh, Oakland also houses the Carnegie Library Main Branch, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Music Hall, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

If it’s shopping and dining you’re after, be sure to cruise the Craig Street business district. Once the sun goes down, grab your favorite beverage in one of Oakland’s many nightclubs, or catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show or another classic movie at the Beehive at King’s Court Theater.

Memories of Roberto Clemente and Honus Wagner remain strong in Oakland, where the outfield wall of Forbes Field still stands. The landscape is dotted with the architectural genius of Henry Hornbostel — Rodef Shalom synagogue, and all visitors must be sure to visit Phipps Conservatory.

Fifth and Forbes avenues, Pittsburgh’s two main east-west traffic arteries, pass through Oakland, with bus stops on nearly every corner. Most Oaklanders get around by bus or by foot, lending a true “city” closeness and atmosphere.

Below is a list of some businesses, bars, pubs, restaurants, etc. in the Oakland area:

  • Bridges
  • Pamela’s
  • Fuel and Fuddle
  • Jameson’s Restaurant
  • Lezzet Restaurant
  • Logan’s Pub
  • Luna Bar and Grill
  • Quaker Steak and Lube
  • Hemingway’s Café
  • Peter’s Pub
  • Pittsburgh Café
  • Joe Mama’s Italian Deluxe
  • Red Oak Café
  • Maggie’s Mercantile
  • Uncle Jimmy’s Tavern
  • Union Grill
  • Lucca Ristorante
  • Chief’s Cafe
  • Food for Thought
  • Johnny’s Place
  • Kevin’s Deli
  • The Original Hot Dog Shop
  • Primanti Brother’s
  • Eat Unique
  • Pittsburgh Pretzel Sandwich Shop
  • Romano’s Pizza
  • Larry and Carol’s Pizza
  • Little Nipper’s Pizza
  • Pizza Prima
  • Pizza Pronto
  • Say Cheese Pizza
  • Sciulli’s Pizza
  • Milano’s Pizza
  • Antoon’s Pizza
  • Sorrento’s Pizza Roman
  • Pizza Sola
  • Maximum Flavor
  • New China Inn
  • Oishii Bento
  • Lulu’s Noodles
  • Spice Island
  • Orient Express
  • Peruvian Cuisine
  • Baba D’s
  • Nellie’s
  • Ali Baba
  • Mad Mex
  • Mi Ranchito
  • Veracruz
  • Starbucks
  • Crazy Mocha
  • Kiva Han Cafe