My top 10 Instagrams spot in Pittsburgh with photos
Pittsburgh is so diverse that the options for locations are endless! I should begin by telling you I am not a Pittsburgh native, but my husband is. I have made it a personal mission to explore the area every time we visit. We enjoy taking portraits when we are out exploring. I always take my camera with me and show my husband what kind of photo I’m looking for or I plan a trip with one of my talented-photographer-friends.
I’m always looking for locations that are free, some of them are businesses. For this I usually buy something, it could be a coffee or even lunch. I also try to remember to enjoy the place we are visiting, we put the camera down and learn more about the Steel City!
Either during the day, or at night. Up here you will have the BEST view of the city. There are multiple Overlooks at Mount Washington but my favorite is the Grandview Overlook.
Here is the Address: 136-160 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 1521
Roberto Clemente Bridge
When you visit Pittsburgh, you’ll notice you have plenty of bridges to choose from, but the Roberto Clemente is by far my favorite! I might be biased because I’m from Puerto Rico ;) This bright yellow will pop in all of your shots and is a must when taking photos around the city.
You can just write Roberto Clemente Bridge and it should take you straight there.
Gasoline Street Coffee Company
If you are looking to stop somewhere for coffee, food and fun props, Gasoline Street Coffee Company is the spot! Every corner has a different color or a different texture, you will not want to leave.
This is the address: 643 First Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Leaf & Bean
For moody photos I recommend this coffee shop. It is a little dark inside but there are so many props and backgrounds to choose from. I do have to tell you that this is also a cigar shop, so if you are sensitive to the smoke, maybe this is not the place for you.
Address: 2200 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA.
It is really close to Penn Ave Fish Co and the abandoned warehouse so you can hit these three really easy!
When you are done with your coffee at the Gasoline Street Coffee Company, cross the street and check out the Liberty Bridge. We didn’t walk across it but if you stand under it you’ll get to shoot all of the lines made by the steel. After all, you are at the Steel City!
Along the rivers, this trail is a perfect combination of nature and city. You can take shots with the river and city as your background or you can do like me and keep the bridge momentum going. If there is a Pirates game, you should stick around. The North Shore is one of the best places to watch the fireworks!
For these photos I used the Andy Warhol Bridge, to get a similar photo you can start you walk here: 101 Isabella St. Pittsburgh, PA.
Wood Street Galleries
This Insta perfect expo is located in the third floor of the Wood Street Galleries until December 31 of 2018. It is called NONOTAK and it was a great experience! It is a little hard to shoot, the neon lights are constantly moving so focusing and exposing your shot can be a little tricky. But ones you get the rhythm of it your photos will look AMAZING! I promise.
There is also a expo in the fourth floor. It is a mirror room with a light show installed, when you walk in it feels like you just stepped into space! I warn you, they make you take your shoes off, but its so worth it!
Best of all, its completely free! Here are the hours and the address:
Wednesday, Thursday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
601 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Smithfield Street Bridge
You guessed it! There is more bridges on the list. This is the last one, I promise!
Look it up on your GPS: Smithfield St Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Penn Avenue Fish Co
Everybody told us that we had to try the sushi at this place, but what really caught our attention was the windows! Amisadai and I found this place after we were done shooting at the Leaf and Bean. So we were kind of exciting to use this big windows to our advantage.
Check it out: 2208 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
This place was a total surprise. I was looking for parking when I drove past it, I notice how the sun was creating those shadows on the ground and I knew we had to shoot here. I don’t know how long it will remain open like this, but if you are ever at the Strip District, you should totally give it a try! It’s corner of Penn Avenue and 24th.