Things to do in Brookline


A family-friendly neighborhood with affordable housing, plenty to do and true walkability, Brookline attracts young families and single professionals looking for an urban environment with suburban amenities.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Size: 2 sq. mi.
  • Population: 13, 749
  • Median Rent: $802
  • Median Home Value: $82,594

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Brookline Boulevard is the main street every neighborhood wants. Restaurant options are many and varied. Want Italian? Try out the tiny neighborhood favorite Mateo’s Cucina Italiana. Prefer Mexican? Mexican grocery store Las Palmas Carniceria sells some of the city’s best tacos from their sidewalk stand. In the mood for some lighter Middle Eastern fare? You’ll find plenty at Pitaland, a Brookline staple for nearly fifty years.

Sweet tooth? Brookline has you covered. From the classic Party Cake Shop to ice cream shop Scoops on the Boulevard, finding dessert is never a problem.

Though Cannon Coffee closed in 2015, Café de Noir quickly took its place and kept the community vibes, as well as the tasty java, flowing. If you prefer something a little more old school, head to No Name Coffee Shop, a classic hole-in-the-wall diner.

Though a handful of shops line Brookline Boulevard, the best named is surely the Geekadrome, a quirky comic book shop that also sells games and other pop culture merchandise.

Head to classic neighborhood hangout Brookline Pub for local drafts, barbecue ribs and killer nightly specials.

Stretch your legs at Moore Park or Brookline Memorial Park, both of which feature recreation centers, athletic fields and playgrounds. Brookline Memorial Park is also the start and end point for the Brookline Breeze, an annual 5K run that has been held in the neighborhood since 1982.

Thanks to recent renovations, Brookline now boasts one of the most beautiful branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, complete with ample meeting space and plenty of kid-friendly features.

Explore the neighborhood’s culinary scene with ‘Burgh Bits and Bites, which offers walking food tours (complete with samples) of Brookline. And keep an eye out for Taste of Brookline, the neighborhood’s annual food festival.

Fast Facts

With over 13,000 residents, Brookline is one of the largest of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. Even so, the population has declined considerably from its peak, which neared 30,000 in the 1970s.

Nearly 100 businesses line the busy main street of Brookline Boulevard.

According to the Brookline Connection, early settler Richard Knowlson referred to the land around his farm as Brookline because the rolling hills and streams reminded him of the Massachusetts town. The name caught on.

Legendary NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas was born in Brookline in 1933.

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