New York City it's not, but downtown Pittsburgh is a nice place for shopping, due to its compact, walkable business district. Anchored by Macy's Department Store (formerly Kaufmann's), downtown Pittsburgh offers an eclectic variety of department stores, specialty shops, and trendy boutiques.
You can easily get around downtown Pittsburgh on foot, but if you don't want to walk, travel on the bus or subway (known as the "T") between downtown stops is free between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for buses and 24 hours a day for the light rail ('T'), seven days a week. The Free Fare downtown zone includes stops within downtown Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle. Discount fares are available for short rides between Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Side or South Side.
Saks OFF 5th
What was formerly the high-end retailer, Saks 5th Avenue, is now Saks OFF 5th. This reimagination of the store now caters to bargain hunters. Offering a wide range of discount products, the merchandise still has an elegant touch that only Saks can provide. Located at 8029 McKnight Road.
Fifth Avenue Arcade Shops
Something for everyone can be found among the unique mix of specialty shops at Fifth Avenue Place, from discounted women's fashions to jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. Located at 120 Fifth Avenue.
The following shops are currently operating in this downtown mini-mall:
- Crystal River Gems
- Dicello's Gallery
- Katie's Kandy
- Laurie's Hallmark
A mainstay since 1929, the Nettleton Shop is a sophisticated men's shoe store that features a wide range of styles, brands & accessories. Located at 489 Market Street.
Burlington Coat Factory
The famous line of the national chain is "we're more than great coats", and this still rings true. From women's and men's fashions to a children's section, home goods, and accessories this discount department store is a must for the budget conscious. 339 Sixth Ave.
For fine women's and men's clothing and accessories, try the family-owned Larrimor's in the Union Trust Building on Grant Street. Located at 249 Fifth Avenue.
Boutique La Passerelle
This store carries a mix of both European and domestic designers. La Passerelle is made for women with impeccable taste in clothing, jewelry, handbags and more. Located at 417 Wood Street.
The Diamond District
The diamond district, located in and around the art deco-era Clark Building, is known city-wide for its fabulous array of wholesale, retail, and estate/antique specialty jewelers. No matter what type of bauble you're after, one these fine jewelers will have just what you're looking for.
- Brooks Diamonds. If wedding bells are on the way, a stop to Brooks is just what you need. This jeweler specializes in engagement rings as well as wedding bands, and also a has a few unique birthstone jewelry pieces. Located in the Clark Building., 717 Liberty Ave #303.
- Frost & Company. Designs customs styles of jewelry, including custom engagement rings, so you're sure to get exactly what you desire. Located at 717 Liberty Avenue.