Things to Do in Bellevue – Pittsburgh

a Bellevue home, Muddy Cup Coffee House and Skate Plaza (all photos by Erika Gidley)

The view of the beautiful river may be different now, but advantages like the community’s affordable living, walkability and booming main street make Bellevue a notable and much-loved neighborhood.

Stats (from Niche)

  • Population: 8,269
  • Size: 1.12 sq. mi.
  • Median Rent: $719
  • Median Home Value: $115,300

Live. Worship. Shop. Those three words ordain the retro sign leading from Route 65 to Bellevue, the first suburb west of downtown which was named for its beautiful view of the river. Once a wealthy area in the 1930s where doctors and lawyers inhabited Victorian and Craftsman-style homes (with mansions to prove it), it is now mostly a working-class neighborhood with a true up-and-coming vibe.

This walking community is known for its good public transportation; hence, the saying that ‘you could drive anywhere in Pittsburgh and get there in 20 minutes from Bellevue.’

Up until 2015, Bellevue was still a dry town. When the borough officially ended its prohibition (more than eight decades after the nationwide ban on alcohol was lifted in 1933), it served as the tipping point for the revitalization of the business district.

Visitors and residents alike can spend all day browsing the main street, Lincoln Avenue, which is home to dozens of businesses – and plenty of places to grab a good bite.

Start your day with a coffee from the neighborhood café, Muddy Cup Coffee House, and walk just a block over to visit the famous Lincoln Bakery, a neighborhood sweets shop that’s been serving old fashion cakes and pastries since 1945. (Further down Lincoln Ave., you can find another dessert destination – Good L’oven Cookie Shop – which has pretty much any cookie you can dream up and lots of fast-casual breakfast and lunch options.)

Enjoy a drink with some good company at the Bellevue Brewing Company, a locally owned craft brewery. The family-friendly taproom offers daily specials from scratch to be paired with the ales and lagers.

For a special occasion or a nice night out, reserve a table at Revival on Lincoln, an American style fine dining restaurant that’s located in a historic mansion that once served as a funeral home. It’s massive red exterior with white stately columns demands attention on the main street, making it a must-visit destination in Bellevue.

Feeling more casual? Test your taste buds at authentic specialty spots like The Pitt Stop BBQ, Thai Tamarind or 202 Hometown Tacos.

For a taste of some favorite comfort foods, visit Grille 565, a bar and restaurant that offers classic grub and great live entertainment or Joe’s Rusty Nail Restaurant, a traditional American joint with dinner specials straight from your mom’s recipes. Dari Villa Restaurant and the Bellevue Diner are also great spots for good old fashion breakfast and brunches.

The town has an old charm to it, which continues to attract homebuyers, who can find a gem at an affordable price. While some older homes were leveled in the 1970s, others were divided into apartments, with original woodwork and fireplaces still intact.

Even the Andrew Bayne Memorial Library is housed in an old Victorian home, built in 1875 by a prominent architect of Allegheny County, James Madison Balph.

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