If you’re from the East, West, South, or smack dab in the heart of Pittsburgh, you may not know what lies north of the Steel City. You may be content hitting all the urban fitness hot spots and trendy good-for-you grub hubs…but then you’d be missing out.
Zip up I-279 past Bellevue, to Ross Township, into McCandless, and discover Wexford for a refreshing change of pace to your wellness journey. The North Hills is no stranger to breaking a sweat and they have plenty to offer. These health and fitness spots are definitely whipping the suburbs into shape.
Nestled in the semi-wild world of North Park is Over The Bar Bicycle Café. Occupying the North Park Boathouse, you’ll have a picture-perfect view over the lake as you down a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Like OTB’s South Side location, they’re bike enthusiasts and culinary creators. And they’ve got some unique menu items you need to give a try, like a burger smeared with Wholey’s peanut butter or their vegan-friendly black bean cakes. Plan your next hike or bike or kayak up north, then refuel and relax with OTB.
Rest assured, you’ll savor the flavor of juice from local produce. You’ll swear that it was just picked, rushed to Wexford, and slowly pushed through a cold press by Fresh From the Farm’s caring hands. You can practically taste the local pride in each deliciously sweet or tangy sip – and we’re not just talking about their Black & Yellow juice! Now you can have the farm fresh taste you crave from 25 different locations across the Pittsburgh region. No matter where you get it, it’s always 100% organic and 100% delicious. Be on the lookout for Squashes & Cream variety coming this fall!
Willow searches high and low across local growers, farm markets, and producers to bring in the freshest seasonal harvest to be served on your plate that night. With a healthy and wholesome collection of tantalizing small plates, Willow is a great place to share with friends and family. It’s modern American cooking at it’s finest and boy are we fine with that. Head on up to the Ben Avon Heights area for a taste of the North Hills.
Burgers and salad, that’s what Hello Bistro does. Delicious burgers, huh? Why even bother with the boring salad? Well, wait just one minute there. Hello Bistro is trying to make your meal decision difficult by taking your salad experience to a whole new level. Here, your healthy eating options are almost endless. 55 salad toppings options for just one bowl! So pile on the proteins and veggies, friends. Now there’s a new place to say hello, as they’re whipping up the best grub at McCandless Crossing.
Since 2001, Amazing Yoga has been helping Pittsburghers find true health, a strong body, and a calm mind. With the encouragement and guidance from skilled instructors, you can move at your own pace. Amazing Yoga offers a variety of classes for diverse ability levels. But breaking a sweat is only part of the package. This community of yogis is all about strengthening the body, mind, and soul. So head to Wexford (across from Soergel’s) for an invigorating workout that makes you feel alive.
Tucked in the business district of Brighton Heights (California Ave) is the loud, colorful studio of California Cycle Path. There, they’ll get you hooked on any number of their exhilarating spinning sessions. But that’s not all, they’ve knocked down the wall and added a fitness studio that hosts TRX suspension, kettlebell, and resistance training classes.
Are you looking for a high-caliber training facility to get this whole CrossFit thing down? CrossFit Iron City will show you the ropes. They’re devoted to teaching, which you can’t say about all CrossFit gyms. You’ll always be with a trainer who can provide hands-on instruction, form adjustment, and personal accountability as you stomp a workout and achieve your goals. The dedication to the North Hills (and the Strip!) community can additionally be seen in their variety of different classes – barbell, boot camp, and CrossFit Kids.
PowerTrain is a movement of movement, a dynamic, performance-driven training ground for aspiring professional athletes. Finding a place to build strength is an easy task. Let’s face it, Pittsburgh has a lot of gyms. Finding a place that builds confidence in strength is a different story, and what gives PowerTrain such a good reputation. With locations in Wexford and Southpointe, this North-South connection is vaulting high school, college, and adult athletes to the highest level.
Ever look at a map and wonder what that enormous green blotch is above the city? It’s North Park. All 3,075 acres of it. And it is amazing. Here you can bike, hike, picnic, walk, run, play tennis, kayak, stand-up paddleboard…phew! The list goes on. There are endless outdoor activities to be had by humans and animals alike. And at just 13 miles north of Pittsburgh, it’s easy to spend an hour (or even the whole day!) at this great park.
Soergel’s Orchards is North Hills-famous. But it should be all-of-Pittsburgh-famous. It’s everything you could want from a farm – farm market, garden center, country store, petting zoo(!)…ICE CREAM. Holy cow. How much better for you can it get? Well for your information, that country store is called Naturally Soergel’s, and naturally they’ve got a vast selection of gluten-free, allergen-free, natural, and organic foods. That, on top of fresh daily produce picked from the orchard. See you in Wexford!
Shenot’s knows produce. You can expect this since they have been growing for 157 years. What’s not so obvious is the care they take to put safe and healthy produce on your table. Shenot’s uses sustainable methods, minimizing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. That means that when you visit their farm market, you’re in store for fresh fruits and veggies, as well as milk, cheese, bread and more!
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