Pack your bags and prepare your palate, for a trip from Montréal to Pittsburgh.
Gone are the days of steel smelting. Today, Pittsburgh is filled with the smells of a food revolution. The food scene here is heating up, with innovative kitchens turning this Pennsylvania city into a foodie destination for all to enjoy.
Dating back to the Great Depression, the Primanti Brothers sandwich was originally designed for dockworkers. You’ll find Pittsburgh’s passion for putting French fries on everything sandwiched between two slices of Italian bread in this legendary lunch item.
Places to eat in Pittsburgh have never been afraid to experiment (as evidenced by the Primanti Brothers). Innovation and ethical dining meet in the city’s many farm-to-table focused restaurants. Restaurants in Market Square serve up plates of trendy fare from all over the world.
After you’ve fed your stomach, it’s time to feed your mind with a visit to one of Pittsburgh’s museums. The connected Carnegie museums, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art both hold a wealth of exhibits. Go from extinct creatures to contemporary art, with a short walk between the two museums.
The glass greenhouse of the Phipps Conservatory is just a stone’s throw from the museums. It’s always summer in this splendid Victorian structure, with exotic plants blooming in all seasons.
After decades of industry, the City of Bridges has crossed over to become a sophisticated urban centre. With a flight from Montréal to Pittsburgh, you can get a taste of this polished culinary destination.
Cross over to the Northside, and make your trip from Montréal a masterpiece.
Across the Allegheny River, you’ll find one of Pittsburgh’s most eclectic and artistic neighbourhoods. Central Northside may be separated from the city centre by water, but in the City of Bridges, that doesn’t pose a problem.
You’ll find the centre of Pittsburgh’s experimental arts scene in central Northside. There’s nothing tired about the art of the Mattress Factory. Installation art turns every room in this gallery into an immersive experience. Sometimes jarring, always interesting, the Mattress Factory is bouncing with innovative energy.
For an even stranger artistic experience, watch things get weird at Randyland. The crazy and colourful courtyard of this artist’s house invites you to explore its funhouse displays. You never know what you’ll see in Randyland, so it’s best to keep a camera ready.
If you’re feeling dizzy from central Northside’s art, take a breather in Pittsburgh’s oldest park. The Allegheny Commons Park has been a public green space since 1870. Near the park, you’ll see the National Aviary. Visitors flock to this bird zoo and its 150 species of feathered inhabitants. Go to one of the scheduled shows or wing it and explore the bird exhibits on your own.
After the Aviary, you can continue south to the Andy Warhol Museum or PNC Park. Central Northside’s central location makes it an easy way to access some of Pittsburgh’s best attractions, helping you make the most of your trip from Montréal.
Before going back to Montréal, indulge in Shadyside’s combination of arts and cuisine.
Chic Shadyside is the site of some the best places to eat in Pittsburgh. Restaurants in this neighbourhood come in every flavour, but Mexican and Italian food are two Shadyside specialities.
As delicious as your dinner is, it won’t even come close to dessert. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, the burnt almond torte from Prantl’s Bakery takes the cake. This airy, old-fashioned cake is the stuff sweet dreams are made of.
If you’re wondering what to do in Shadyside once you’re full, try the neighbourhood’s shopping scene on for size. Local boutiques with matching local owners are one of Shadyside’s best retail features. Along Walnut street, a selection of nationally-known stores provide a broader set of options.
Crack into Shadyside’s art scene at the small galleries along Walnut Street. The art spreads onto the street during the annual Jam on Walnut concert series. Pittsburgh’s art scene is open year-round at the Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts. Exhibitions and educational programs put contemporary art centre stage.
Right next to the Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts you can stroll through the Mellon Park. Even though the whimsical Walled Garden is well-loved, it still feels like a secret.
Fly from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), with a quick connection in Toronto. Montréal to Pittsburgh flight time is 2 hours and 10 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Montréal to Pittsburgh is around 770 km / 475 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.