New York City it's not, but downtown Pittsburgh is a nice place for shopping, due to its compact, walkable business district. Anchored by Macy's Department Store (formerly Kaufmanns), downtown Pittsburgh offers an eclectic variety of department stores, specialty shops and trendy boutiques.
Shops in Downtown Pittsburgh:
- Macy's Department Store (Fifth Avenue & Smithfield Street)From sportswear to jewelry, luggage to electronics, housewares to the latest teen fashions, you'll find it in plenty of sizes, colors and varieties on the 11 floors of downtown Pittsburgh's flagship department store.
- Saks Fifth Avenue (513 Smithfield St.) This small but elegant downtown Pittsburgh store is upscale shopping at its finest, with exclusive designer clothing, cosmetics, crystal, china and gifts.
- Fifth Avenue Arcade Shops (Fifth, Liberty & Penn Avenues) Something for everyone can be found among the unique mix of specialty shops at Fifth Avenue Place, from discounted women's fashions to jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items.
- One Oxford Centre (301 Grant St.) From high fashion at Emphatics to the timeless classic clothing of Ann Taylor and Talbots, shops at One Oxford Centre offer a lot of variety. Don't miss the hand-made items by area artisans at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Store.
- Other great places to shop in downtown Pittsburgh include Burlington Coat Factory (Sixth Ave. & Smithfield St.) and its next-door neighbor, Barnes & Noble Bookstore. For fine men's clothing and accessories, try the family-owned Larrimor's in the Union Trust Building on Grant Street. Last but not least, Pittsburgh's Diamond District, located in the art deco-era Clark Building (717 Liberty Ave.), is known city-wide for its fabulous array of wholesale, retail and estate/antique specialty jewelers.
You can easily get around downtown Pittsburgh on foot, but if you don't want to walk, travel on the bus or subway (known as the "T") between downtown stops is free between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for buses and 24 hours a day for the light rail ('T'), seven days a week. The Free Fare downtown zone includes stops within downtown Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle. Discount fares are available for short rides between Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Side or South Side.