Bicycle Overload at Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh’s North Side

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's massive specialty stores have a way of embracing their size and end up turning into museums for all to enjoy. There is Artifacts, the import store for the rich and famous; Construction Junction, the re-use store for the rest of us; and in our latest exploration we visited Bicycle Heaven, the store for bike lovers.

Much like the other unusual stores we've visit in the city, when we say that Bicycle Heaven is large, we mean it. The store claims to be the largest bike shop in the USA, sells tens of thousands of items on eBay, and covers two floors with about a dozen rooms in its North Side warehouse.

Naturally, this sounds exactly like the kind of place we want to explore when enjoying our city.

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Learning an Array of Sciences at the Carnegie Science Center

Making Tornados at Pittsburgh's Science Center

One of Pittsburgh's most popular museums is the Carnegie Science Center on the North Side. This massive complex is home to several wings featuring displays of unique sciences including robotics, aerospace, water, sports science, physics, medicine, and more.

As engineers and self-described science nerds, this was one museum we have been very eager to check out.

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100+ Attractions and Restaurants Open in Pittsburgh on Sundays

Wigle Whiskey in the Northside

Ugh, not another Sunday!  For many it seems like Sunday is the least favorite day of the week here in Pittsburgh.  Sure, you probably get the day off work, but what good is that if your favorite restaurants and bars are closed or have extremely reduced hours?

We know the feeling. We've had our share of frustrations when it comes to finding attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city that are open on Sundays- especially when the weather prohibits spending the day at one of the many awesome Pittsburgh parks.

After several years of exploring the city in the hopes of finding an activity to experience and places to eat within a sea of closed doors, this guide was born. So while more than 50% of the city's businesses may be closed or on reduced hours on Sundays, that doesn't mean you can't find something to enjoy in just about every corner of the city.

Note- Operating hours may have changed since publishing and some businesses may have seasonal hours in effect as well (we will try and note these when we can). Please check the website of each to confirm hours prior to visiting. To read our article about the business or attraction, click the link in the business name.

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The Center for PostNatural History – Pittsburgh’s Most Unusual Museum

Transgenic Goat at the PostNatural Museum in Pittsburgh

The Specimen Vault at the PostNatural Museum Pittsburgh is a hub of unusual museums, and The Center for PostNatural History in Bloomfield / Garfield is no exception.

For those who are not familiar with the term, PostNatural describes living organisms that have been modified by man through everything from selective breeding all the way to genetic engineering by accredited scientists, mad scientists, and everything in between.

As an engineer this museum sounded perfect to me, and I was incredibly excited about visiting during their limited Sunday opening hours to check out the exhibits.

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Gaucho Pittsburgh Review – Argentinian Sandwiches in Pittsburgh

When it comes to barbecued meat, the country of Argentina could really teach the world a thing or two.

During our travels in Argentina we devoured the country's famous barbecue and were so enamored with it that we frequently highlight the dish of Patagonian lamb as one of the best things we've ever eaten. (…and if you read our full travel destination list, you'll understand that this is truly saying something).

That being said, crafting an authentic Argentinian barbecue is not easy, and we can attest to being disappointed in most Argentinian restaurants that try to produce this country's iconic food outside of South America. As you can imagine, we had mixed emotions going into our visit to Gaucho Parrilla Argentina in the Strip District.

On one hand the reviews we've seen were all fantastic, but on the other hand we have a long history of being disappointed by restaurants in other parts of the country that simply do not stack up to the real thing.

Luckily for Gaucho Parrilla, they are absolutely spot on.

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Artifacts Pittsburgh – Fantasy Shopping in the West End

Artifacts Pittsburgh

If you have an itch to do some fantasy shopping for one-of-a-kind items in Pittsburgh, look no further than Artifacts in the West End. Touted as a “museum with a price tag,” Artifacts is home to over 20,000 items ranging from Turkish rugs, European artwork, hand crafted tables, to stuffed lions and giraffe busts, human-sized griffon statues, and everything in between.

We couldn't make this up even if we tried.

We first learned about Artifacts during a quest to find a seating area that would compliment a Turkish rug and lamp that we bought while traveling in Istanbul. Naturally, stories of Artifacts' massive showroom of Turkish rugs and other unique items inspired us to visit in hopes of finding our dream accompaniment.

We didn't, and that is fine by us.

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Bier’s Pub Review – Burgers and War Streets Beer in the North Side

Preface: Bier's Pub was formally known as Benjamin's. It was purchased in mid-2017 by our friends at War Streets Brewery. As of late 2017 the food menu has not changed; however, they have updated happy hour specials and War Streets Brewery's beer on draft. We revisited this one after the ownership change and updated our review accordingly based off of both visits.

We've heard rumors that Bier's Pub in the North Side is the place to be in the neighborhood, and our visit during a Sunday Brunch confirmed that rumor the second we walked in the door.

To put it simply, the restaurant was packed– mostly because it is one of the only restaurants open on Sunday in the North Side. Throw in the Sunday special “Make Your Own Bloody Mary” bar and you have a great reason to come in to try one of their popular burgers. Although I never drink Bloody Marys, I decided to take one for the team and join the crowd.  An entire restaurant full of happy looking patrons can't be wrong, right?

I had to find out.

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Randyland is a Colorful Must See Attraction in Pittsburgh

Randyland - The Most Colorful Place in Pittsburgh

Unlike other attractions in the city, you'll have no problem spotting Randyland from a distance.

This outdoor art studio, if you can call it that, is quite possibly the most colorful spot in all of Pittsburgh– and that is only the first impression from looking at it on the outside.

Once you enter, a world of incredible art and whimsy is yours to explore.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a Pittsburgh Gem

Phipps Conservatory in Oakland is one of the shining gems of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is true not only for the gorgeous plants and foliage that they show off in their massive botanical gardens, but also for their efforts in sustainability- Phipps Conservatory is one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world.

With dozens of themed rooms, an assortment of flowers and artwork that cycles quarterly in their seasonal flower shows, and improvements made every year, Phipps is an attraction that will keep you returning time and time again.

When we decided to write a review of this stellar attraction, we were debating on whether or not to feature one flower show, or go broad and share images from several. In the end we decided for the latter, purely because we don't want to give it all away. We want you to see it for yourself.

So come inside and let us give you a brief glimpse at why we love this attraction!

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