Pittsburgh’s constantly evolving — just ask anyone who remembers the steel days or gripes about the bike lanes. But lucky for us, the fitness scene is continuing to evolve with it.
We know it can feel damn near impossible to keep up with the latest and greatest joints popping up all over town. But if you’re looking to work up a sweat or chow down on some fresh and flavorful grub, we’ve got the inside scoop of what’s new in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re more into hardcore cycling or handcrafted tacos, you won’t be disappointed by the city’s newest health-centered spots. Lace ’em up and prepare step out for a bite or quick calorie burn.
Butler Street in Lawrenceville is quickly becoming a hub for healthy eating. Elevate (who opened in the month of January) adds a fitness element to the mix so you can torch your muscles with a routine that’ll quickly whip you into shape. Their signature class incorporates climbing into your workout for a whole new perspective on full body training. And with an in-house Salúd Express juice bar in the gym itself, you’ll quickly replenish those lost calories with a ridiculously refreshing acai bowl.
Steel Revolution adds a new space for intense workouts to the Lawrenceville fitness scene. Want to put your body to the test in a rewarding spin class? Join the Steel Community for the motivation to push a little further — whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro. Owned by three badass women, the Steel Revolution sweat team will empower you to build a stronger mind and body to the beat of a power playlist.
Bring the intensity and passion of a professional athlete to your workout. SHAPE specializes in enhancing performance by using coaches to drive and motivate. Trust us —, this type of training is no joke. And now, you can go even harder in their bigger and better new Shadyside space coming this spring. With more room to put your muscles to the test, you’ll box, lift, and hustle your way into a stronger mind and body.
Indian barbeque so fresh and delicious, it caught national attention. East Liberty’s Choolaah prides itself on two things: authentic and fresh. With a contemporary twist on family recipes and old-school cooking methods, you’ll taste all the flavor and tradition in one delicious bite. Plus, sustainable ingredients, vegan dishes, and gluten-free options create a diverse selection for any health nut.
Oat bowls, almond toast, and protein smoothies. This place was designed with your perfect post-workout snack in mind. And as the name suggests, they’ve got the juice. Whether you’re looking to supercharge your energy or give your skin a healthy glow up, Clean Juice offers a concoction that’ll satisfy. Detoxify at East Liberty’s newest juice bar, set to open late-January.
Your favorite Lawrenceville coffee bar just got a new South Side location. We insist that you trade that Starbucks latte for something Pittsburgh-made instead, especially when it comes to EAM. Good news for anyone who loves buying local, too: supporting this East Carson coffeeshop means supporting other PGH businesses. We’re talking Commonplace Coffee, Enrico Biscotti, and even Turner Dairy, whose quality products are used to make Espresso A Mano magic.
What started as a pop-up shop transforms into a highly-anticipated, vegetarian-friendly taqueria this January. Baby Loves Tacos serves some of the most photogenic Mexican street food in Bloomfield (and all of Pittsburgh.) Yet, it tastes twice as good as it looks. Delight your palate with options like BBQ Mushroom and Spicy Brisket tightly wrapped in a warm burrito.
College students, listen up. Everyone’s favorite juicery has a brand new Oakland location. Translation: you can enjoy an acai bowl in the shadow of the Cathedral of Learning and bask in all of its beauty. Exam stress taking its toll? Trade your usual vodka shot for a wheatgrass shot to rejuvenate the body with antioxidants. Though, you don’t have to live in this college town to get your cleanse on. Salúd’s new Aspinwall juicery will satisfy those midday juice cravings that hit the Pittsburgh suburbs when they open in the coming months.
Searching for something healthier than street tacos or chicken-on-a-stick? Stop by Heirloom Superfoods Market, coming soon to the Strip District. This hub for all-things organic has the produce and local products of your dreams. Created by the Pittsburgh Juice Company, they hope to build a more sustainable community by serving up hard-to-find health foods. That’s a mission we can get behind.
From tending to an organic farm and selling produce at local markets to whipping up delicious meals at a small Bloomfield cafe — there’s nothing the Bitter Ends crew doesn’t do. The menu, which changes seasonally, offers some really unique food creations (ever heard of a beet scone?). Grab a sandwich, freshly-baked pastry, or quality cup of joe to kickstart your afternoon.
This is not just Korean food. Korean food made daily with local and organic ingredients. Gracing downtown with their simple and seasonal menu, Bae Bae’s is your new go-to lunch spot. Customize your own plate with a protein-grain-veggie combo, then seal the deal with a Vietnamese Coffee on the side.
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