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Under the Radar: Our Favorite Pittsburgh Spots You Might Not Know About

While there’s something great about having a reliable favorite spot for lunch, happy hour or your morning coffee, Pittsburgh is full of under-the-radar destinations that you might not know about. If you’re looking to get outside your comfort zone and explore some of the city’s newer destinations and low-key hideaways, here are a few of our favorite lesser known places that just might become your new go-tos.

Astroid. Did you know that one of the city’s most stylish coffee shops is tucked away in the Terminal Building on the South Side? This modern, colorful cafe is a part of the Beauty Shoppe family, a group of seriously designy co-working spaces with locations all over Pittsburgh. Mix that upscale design with skilled baristas turning out expert espresso drinks and baguette sandwiches around lunchtime and you’ve got your new favorite place to hole up with your laptop.

Madeleine. The only reason you might not know about this perfect, pocket-sized French bakery is because of its somewhat hidden location. Turn off the main Braddock Avenue drag in Regent Square, head toward Wilkinsburg and you’ll eventually run into the incredible scent of buttery croissants, kouign amann and other Parisian pastries wafting out of Madeleine’s sweet storefront. Inside, you can admire the modern French countryside decor while waiting for a fresh loaf of bread, a noontime salad or a decadent dessert for tonight’s dinner.

Threadbare Cider House. If you’re the type of Pittsburgher who gets tired even thinking about crossing a river, Threadbare just might be the thing to convince you to change your tune. This cider house and meadery not only serves some of the tastiest house-made cider in the city, it also has deliciously creative pizzas and charcuterie in an open, industrial space.

White Whale Bookstore. For the city’s literary set, White Whale is the independent bookstore you dream of having in your neighborhood. This bright Bloomfield shop sells both new and used books, and it frequently hosts readings from nationally acclaimed authors and local writers alike.

Dinette. Though it’s been open for more than a decade, Dinette still flies a bit under the radar when compared to flashier, newer dinner spots. Whether you’ve never visited or it’s just been a minute, we always recommend this East Liberty standby for a late night pizza and a great glass of wine.

Schoolhouse Electric. It’s definitely not a hidden gem — when Portland home goods brand announced its newest location in Pittsburgh this past year, it was big news. That being said, the former Detective Building is a bit off the beaten path in an otherwise bustling strip of East Liberty businesses, so if you haven’t yet paid a visit, set aside an afternoon for a cortado at in-house cafe The Bureau and some seriously good interior inspiration.

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