In its latest City Guide, Brooklyn-based blog Design Sponge features “the best Pittsburgh has to offer, from food and drinks to shopping and art.”

We completely agree with Design Sponge when they say that “one of the best things about traveling and discovering a new city is stumbling upon that fringe cafe or restaurant tucked away from the main strip—the unassuming spots that locals covet.”

With help from Michael McAllister of URBANIST Guide, and beautiful images by Pittsburgh-based photographer Laila Archuleta, Design Sponge shares a snapshot of essential Burgh spots for coffee, beer, art—and a good night’s rest (in a hip boutique hotel).

Reflecting a passion for the city and a spirit of independent business, the guide recommends coffee at Espresso a Mano, grub from Dish or Dinette, shopping at Mid-Atlantic Mercantile, libations at Butterjoint—and much more. While discovering Pittsburgh’s burgeoning food scene, check out the guide’s top picks for arts and culture, from the Mattress Factory to VIA. After exploring, catch some z’s at the just opened Hotel Monaco or local landmark the William Penn.

Says McAllister: “20-somethings are moving here and investing in homes and careers, hotels are opening like mad and the tech boom has gone from hype to the real deal … So while there are analogies of Pittsburgh to the next Austin, Portland or Nashville, I hope that we are just the next Pittsburgh. A city that is as welcoming and friendly as it is interesting and dynamic.” We at NEXTpittsburgh say cheers to that.

Check out the entire Design Sponge City Guide to Pittsburgh.