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Market Square, Pittsburgh

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Pittsburgh's Market Square is a public space located in Downtown Pittsburgh at the intersection of Forbes Avenue (originally named Diamond Way in colonial times) and Market Street. The square was home to the first courthouse, first jail (both in 1795) and the first newspaper (1786) west of the Atlantic Plain, the Pittsburgh Gazette. A public/private modernization in the late 2000s has re-established the square as a social and cultural hub. A great number of restaurants, ranging from fast casual to fine dining, cafes and retailers occupy ground level buildings immediately facing the square, while housing units and offices occupy upper levels.
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  • Very cute, clean, and walkable area to get a feel for downtown Pittsburgh. Plenty of restaurants and outdoor seating.  more »
  • Good place to go to find a restaurant whether it is fast food, sit down restaurant, or a cocktail. Open square area makes it feel less crowded.  more »
  • Market square has a little bit of everything. in the warm months, it's a great place to take the family during the day. Lots of unique restaurants around the courtyard. and it's more of an adult crowd. And the winter months, they have a ice rink that is publicly accessible. Extremely family-friendly with the games in the ice rink. Nice little place to go on the weekends.
  • Visited the Citadel. Loved it! Beautiful architecture, nice people and a "party square" that is trendy and chill. Prices aren't New York or L.A. but if you want to save money you probably should seek entertainment elsewhere. You pay for the company of other like-minded people. Two thumbs up!!

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