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If you’re looking for something interesting to do when you’re in the Pittsburgh area, a visit to one of the local markets a short trip away from downtown Pittsburgh hotel suites is just the ticket. There’s plenty to do in Pittsburgh, from sports to nature walks, but your visit to the city won’t be complete unless you visit one of the delightful farm markets that feature produce grown locally and other hand-crafted food items that you can’t find anywhere else. So be sure to take a break and stop by one of the city’s many markets.

Pittsburgh Public Market

The Pittsburgh Public Market, which is open Wednesday through Sunday, is located just a little northwest of downtown’s Cultural District. The market houses seasonal vendors, permanent merchants and local artists alike showcasing their creations. You’ll find homemade pasta, organic juices and some delicious baked goods every day, as well as some local restaurants that serve fresh, made-from-scratch meals. On the weekends, Clarion Fars Beef and Great Harvest Bread Company are just two of the extra out of town merchants that make their way to one of the many markets in the Strip District. Be sure to check out the website for any special events happening in the Public Market during your visit.

Market Square

Downtown Pittsburgh offers a hub of activity at Market Square with outdoor cafes and local shops that offer the some of the best flavors in the city. With 19 different restaurants you’ll have plenty of options for any meal, and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the Square to keep you connected even if you’re enjoying some outdoor relaxation. Soak up some of the historical architecture and watch for special concerts and events that take place throughout the Square all year round.

Neighbors in the Strip

Not far from the Veteran’s Bridge is Pittsburgh’s Strip District, a historic center of retail businesses, cultural organizations and local artisans. Enjoy a neighborhood tour of brews and pubs or of the local food, and make sure you check out the museums and authentic ‘Yinzer’ culture that pulsates throughout the area. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Pittsburgh Opera call the Strip home. The Strip is home to a number of bars that offer happy hour specials and nighttime entertainment. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants for any meal of the day. Weekends feature a farm market with local vendors and artists, and they often have special events for families.

Farmers@Firehouse

Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm through November 21, 2015, the Farmers@Firehouse farm market features local organic food and fresh produce. There’s a wide range of fruits and vegetables, depending on what’s in season, but you’ll also find goat milk, yogurt, and cheese from Cherish Creamery, artisan breads from Mediterra Bakehouse, and small-batch ice creams and sorbets from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. Don’t forget a cup of fair-trade, single-origin coffee from Steel Cup Certified Organic Coffee Roaster and see what fresh roasted coffee is all about.

Farmers’ Market Co-Op of East Liberty

The Farmers’ Market Coop of East Liberty has been around for 70 years, and it’s completely located indoors. Open year-round every Saturday, local farmers gather each week to sell some of the best produce around – even in the winter months. In addition to local fruits and vegetables, you’ll have the chance to buy organic meats, artisan bread and hand-crafted cheeses from local vendors. There’s also a couple of local artists that provide hand-crafted items for you to take home.

Mount Lebanon Uptown Farmers’ Market

The Uptown Farmers’ Market has just been open about 10 years, but it’s grown to make a vibrant community of vendors open on Saturdays just a few minutes from the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Although it’s only open through the end of October, you’ll find lots of local produce, fresh meats and cheeses, and arts & crafts each weekend for an exciting shopping affair. Coupled with Mount Lebanon’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, you can bet there’s always something going on at the market.

Book Your Trip Now

With plenty of downtown Pittsburgh hotel specials available, you can come for the weekend and enjoy some time away from home while exploring one of the nation’s most sought after destinations. Known for being the ‘City of Bridges’ and the heart of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has so much more to offer. Check out all there is to see, taste, explore and do in one of the most livable cities in the world and book your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations today at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown.