SouthSide Works: Vibrant Pittsburgh Shopping Experience

Shop, Dine, Go to the Movies at Hip Complex

South Side Works in Pittsburgh
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Built on a brownfield, 123 acres of a former LTV Steel site,  the SouthSide Works is a hip, vibrant, mixed-use riverfront development just a mile from downtown Pittsburgh that opened in 2004. This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill shopping mall. Upscale shopping and dining, outdoor yoga classes, loft apartments, a sports medicine complex, practice fields, and a riverfront trail that runs through the heart of Pittsburgh are just a few of the amenities offered in the thriving SouthSide Works neighborhood.

It also doesn't look like a mall, with its Art Deco-style movie theater with a street-like outside entrance, urban feel and architecture, and views of the Monongahela River and downtown Pittsburgh.

The Basics

Located along the Monongahela River just a mile south and across the river from downtown Pittsburgh, SouthSide Works occupies nine city blocks between East 26th Street and the Hot Metal Bridge. It's an outdoor shopping and entertainment complex.

Where to Shop

The SouthSide Works shopping complex features a mix of retailers and services. Among the range of shops and services offered, you can go to the salon, buy a new phone, get hiking gear, or go to a painting class at an art studio.

Where to Eat

Refuel at your choice of many nice restaurants, from casual to fine dining. The list of choices can change, but some longstanding favorites are The Cheesecake Factory, the 17,000 square-foot Hofbrauhaus (with riverfront beer garden), McCormick & Schmick's, and Claddagh Irish Pub. The SouthSide Works is also located near Oakland, Shadyside, and other East End restaurants, as well as just down the street from the South Side restaurants on Carson Street.

Be Entertained

At the SouthSide Works Cinema, you'll be treated to a pampered movie-going experience. It features 1,700 stadium seats and 10 screens, with first-run movies on seven of its screens and art or foreign movies on the other three screens. Despite the glamorous Old Hollywood exterior, inside it's fairly plain, but it's comfortable.

SouthSide Works is also the scene of fun events, like Breakfast With Santa. It happens every year in early December and includes a buffet breakfast at Hofbrauhaus, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and "The Polar Express,"  the 2004 animated movie about a boy's momentous adventure to the North Pole with Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Where to Park/Public Transportation

You can park your car at any one of four parking garages on the SouthSide Works site. Garage parking rates are by the hour. Or you can park on the street around the complex, but meter rates are enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  If you don't want to drive, you can get there on public transportation. The Pittsburgh Port Authorityoffers bus service to the SouthSide Works via route 59U.