There’s no denying that Pittsburgh’s South Side has a whole lot to offer.
It’s a great spot for a shopping spree. And there’s no shortage of options when it comes to dining out or grabbing a drink (make that drinks, plural) either. Of course you already knew that. But what you might not know is, while the retail shops and nightlife have been the main attraction on East Carson Street, there are some healthier options trying to steal the show.
That’s right, South Side is getting in shape thanks to spots that offer CrossFit workouts, stellar smoothies and vegan eats. There are healthy options abound, when you know where to look. And now, everyone does!
Whether you’re craving a bite at a coffee shop or a full meal, we’ve got you covered. You’ll have your choice from plenty of options, all healthy, all delicious, and all in South Side.
This clean eating cafe makes choosing to eat healthy easy and delicious. From juice and smoothies to entrees, salads, brunch and even dessert, Amazing Cafe is living up to its namesake. Stop in for vegan eats, gluten-free options made with the freshest ingredients and superfoods that pack an extra punch of healthy goodness.
Walking through the doors at this eclectic eatery is like walking into an art show, antique shop and vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant in one. You can browse around, but you’d better get a bite to eat. The menu is updated weekly, and brunch is not to be missed – just $10 for the buffet, main dish, coffee or tea.
Great coffee, good people, and a cozy, dog-friendly atmosphere make this place a go-to for getting caffeinated. It’s also a solid choice for snagging a snack. When it comes to eats, they offer a stellar selection of (not-so-healthy) pastries. But they make up for it with their breakfast fare – organic oatmeal with fresh fruit.
Have you seen the spot on East Carson Street with all the bike parking out front? That’s Over the Bar. It’s a cyclist-friendly cafe with a secret. What secret, you ask? Get this, they offer a secret Paleo menu that caters to picky eaters in Pittsburgh. Think, options like lettuce and portabella mushroom caps instead of bread and salads with more chicken than greens. Because, more protein bro.
A vegan and veg-friendly menu at a barbeque joint? No way. Um, yes way friend. This wood grilling sports bar makes a mean Vegan Pittsburgh Bar-B-Que sauce, coconut rum tofu, and meatless wings and pork from seitan. No need to worry about cross-contamination here; vegan food is fried and cooked separately from other orders.
If you prefer to chef it up and dine at home, grab your groceries from this local farmers market. From May until November, Citiparks sets up shop in the parking lot along 18th and Cason, offering a variety of locally grown and produced goods like fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods.
There’s now no excuse to be lazy when there are all kinds of awesome places to workout in South Side. Get up, get to the yoga studio, the gym, the trail. You can thank us later.
Yes, we already mentioned their cafe, but the yoga studio is equally as amazing. Especially if you’re looking to limber up and link up your mind-body connection. Small class sizes and experienced instructors unite to make this the go to spot for yogis looking to find their flow.
Taking a comprehensive and inclusive approach to yoga, BYS is a one-stop studio for all things yoga. From beginner classes to teacher training and specialty workshops, including restorative classes, private and corporate yoga programs, this is a great spot to start or perfect your practice. Plus, they offer an outdoor yoga class at Grandview Park every Sunday until the end of the summer, too!
Behind Urban Tap on Bingham Street is you’ll find this CrossFit box. Once you’re inside, you’ll find everything you need to step-up your workout game. Here, like other CrossFit gyms, variety is the name of the name. That means you’ll do a little bit of everything, including running and rowing, strength training and cardio circuits that make for an exciting (and challenging) exercise experience.
Local Crossfitters know this place as CFA. They’ve been around for a while now, but just recently moved to a bigger, upgraded facility under the AT&T clock tower in South Side. Now, stellar coaches and their crew of CrossFit athletes have so much room for activities. We mean exercising!
Riverfront trails stretching from Station Square to SouthSide Works, provide Pittsburghers with easy access to the waterside for walks, runs, cycling and more. Plus, you can use this trail system to link up with the Great American Passage which could take you all the way to the Laurel Highlands or Washington, D.C.
Once you’re done dining or shopping, spend a little time outside and take in the views of Pittsburgh’s waterways. There’s an event space and landscaped bleachers, a Piazza, and river landing that make for a relaxing riverfront escape from the hustle and bustle nearby.
When it comes to bikes, these guys do it all – build’em, fix’em, sell’em. They have the gear, apparel, and know-how you’re after too. So, if you need a repair, a new bike, or just want to talk bike with someone who will get you, this place is a dream come true.
This shop is as no nonsense as they come. Ted loves bikes. And he also loves providing excellent service to his customers. Put it all together and there you’ll have Ted’s Excellent Bike Repair.
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