Things to do in Highland Park – Pittsburgh

Highland Park, Tazza D’Oro and Food Glorious Food (all photos by Erika Gidley)

Boasting historic houses, tons of green space and a vibrant business district, Highland Park is a good bet for residents and visitors alike.

Stats (from Niche)

  • Population: 7,718
  • Size: 1.163 sq. miles
  • Median Rent: $871
  • Median Home Value: $240,422

Don’t Miss

No visit to the neighborhood would be complete without exploring Highland Park. Built around two large reservoirs, this 380-acre park includes a bike track, swimming pool and several playgrounds.

Inside the park is the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, home to more than 400 species, including 22 that are threatened or endangered. The newest section of the zoo, Water’s Edge, includes two large underwater viewing tunnels.

Though the neighborhood is primarily residential, its small hot spot of restaurants on Bryant Street will satisfy any foodie. Smiling Banana Leaf serves up quick yet fresh Thai dishes and Teppanyaki Kyoto dishes out authentic Japanese cuisine.

If you’re craving brunch, check out Park Bruges. The charming bistro, which also offers lunch and dinner, features comfort food with Belgian and French influences, including hearty waffles and poutine.

While you’re waiting for a table at one of Bryant Street’s eateries, head around the corner for an espresso at Tazza D’Oro. The much-loved neighborhood coffee shop features rotating roasts from Counter Culture, a wide selection of teas and a handful of panini and baked goods.

For a dose or two of sweetness, head to Food Glorious Food for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies or nearly any other baked good you’re craving. Or, stop by the family-owned shop of LaScola’s Italian Ice and Custard for, well, the deliciously fresh frozen treats in its name.

Located at the corner of Negley and Stanton, Union Project is a community space and a hub for creativity. Housed in a renovated church, Union Project hosts all sorts of workshops, events and community meetings.

Fast Facts

Highland Park was named after surveyor Robert Hiland, though all instances of “Hiland” were changed to “Highland” in 1890.

The Pittsburgh Zoo is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the U.S.

Highland Park was originally a “streetcar suburb,” with residents working and shopping in nearby East Liberty. It remains a predominantly residential neighborhood to this day, and the homes are larger and more spaced out than in many other parts of the city.

In 2007, the federal government listed Highland Park as a Residential Historic District for its interesting variety of 19th and 20th century architecture.

 

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