An Attraction and Restaurant Guide to Garfield and Friendship

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on April 16, 2024.

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The neighborhoods of Garfield and Friendship are located in central Pittsburgh and bridge the gap between neighborhoods like Lawrenceville and East Liberty.

While these neighborhoods may have a smaller list of attractions and amenities compared to others in the city, they have been growing rapidly in recent years with artist spaces, restaurants, and more moving in. So we wanted to share some of our favorites in this neighborhood guide!

Garfield and Friendship History and Map

Garfield and Friendship, Pittsburgh

The area in and around Garfield and Friendship was settled on by Casper Taub who was said to have stolen it from the local Delaware tribe. This land stayed within that family for over a century until it was broken up into lots, sold, and subsequently annexed by the city in the late 1800s.

The neighborhood we know as Garfield is said to be named after the former President who was buried the day of the first lot sale. As it was developed the neighborhood tended to be popular with working-class families. Friendship was supposedly named after a local farm as well as Friendship Avenue which passes through it. Unlike Garfield, the first citizens here were a bit more affluent and constructed larger, Victorian-style homes. 

The latter half of the 1900s brought a steep decline to these neighborhoods. Part of this was due to the collapse of the steel industry which affected the entire city. The other part was due to the city's redlining and property destruction going on in and around East Liberty at the same time- the effects of which spilled over into these nearby neighborhoods.

In recent years, these neighborhoods have started to turn around with artist workshops moving into spaces on Penn Avenue, more restaurants coffee shops starting to open in the business district, and many houses being purchased and renovated. While we'd say these neighborhoods are still in a period of transition, it is safe to say that the future is looking bright for Friendship and Garfield.

Both Garfield and Friendship are primarily residential neighborhoods in the center of Pittsburgh that share a border with a bustling business district along Penn Avenue.

The traditionally accepted boundaries of Garfield include Penn Avenue to the South, Mossfield Street at Allegheny Cemetery to the West and North, and continuing on Black Street to Negley Avenue to the East. Friendship is a fair bit smaller and starts at Penn Avenue to the north, Graham Street to the West, Negley Avenue to the East, and runs south to Centre Avenue near East Liberty and Shadyside.

For the purposes of this guide; however, we are primarily focused on the business district in and around Penn Avenue as the vast majority of restaurants, bars, attractions, and other establishments you may want to visit are found along this street.

It is worth noting that the southern side of Penn Avenue at Garfield is technically Bloomfield; however, we're including businesses in this guide as it feels more appropriate to consider this business district properly in Garfield.

Attractions in Garfield and Friendship

Center for PostNatural History

Despite its relatively small size, there are several interesting spots to check out in Garfield and Friendship. Some of our favorite include the following:

If you haven't had a chance to check out the independent galleries in Garfield, one of the best times to do so is their Garfield First Friday events where many local businesses are opened late, food trucks may show up, and generally is a great time to walk around the neighborhood to check out some businesses you may not normally get to see otherwise.

Restaurants in Garfield and Friendship

Soju in Garfield

While Garfield and Friendship's restaurant scene could be described as small, it is growing quickly and home to a number of delicious options. A selection includes the following:

  • Soju – A stellar Korean restaurant serving up staples and dishes with modern twists.
  • Pho Minh – A popular restaurant for Vietnamese dishes like Pho.
  • Taquitos – A food truck that has a semi-permanent residence next to Spak Brothers.
  • Spak Brothers – A popular pizza shop with an array of vegan options.
  • People's Indian – Local Indian restaurant with a large menu including Indian inspired pizzas.
  • Spork – One of the best fine dining restaurants in Pittsburgh.
  • Fish Nor Fowl – A modern American restaurant from the Richard DeShantz restaurant group.
  • Primanti Brothers – An outpost for Pittsburgh's most famous sandwich shop.
  • Third Space Bakery – Offering a little bit of everything from bread to sweets and even classes!

Places to Grab a Drink

Bantha Tea Bar

While there is one brewery here, Two Frays, the drinking opportunities in Garfield and Friendship are heavily tilted towards tea and coffee, with some of the following shops being present:

Parking in Garfield and Friendship

Mr Roboto Project

For the most part, finding parking in Garfield and Friendship can be easy as metered street parking is readily available along Penn Avenue. During select events, like First Fridays, or prime dining hours, metered street parking may be a bit harder to come by.

From here, you may be looking at parking on side streets which may be a combination of meters or limited permit parking. As such, you'll do well to keep an eye out for signs when you park- although we'd generally consider these to be among the easier neighborhoods for street parking.

Hotels in Garfield and Friendship

Neither of these neighborhoods is home to any permanent hotels; however, some apartment rentals exist within walking distance of the business district.

For those who need to stay close, your best options may be the Hotel Indigo in East Liberty or perhaps the Courtyard by Marriott or Hyatt House in Shadyside. These are located just about a half-mile or so from the business districts in these neighborhoods which could make for an easy walk or a brief drive.

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  1. Casper Taub was granted that land by the commander of Fort Pitt, Colonel Henry Bouquet in November 1762 on the condition that 1/3rd of all crops raised be given to the commander yearly to provision the garrison “for the King’s use,” but “cattle and horses excepted.” In 1769 Casper entered a caveat on a grant of land to George Croghan because he claimed land already granted to Casper. Casper’s now-lost Last Will and Testament dated Feb 1771, left his land to his daughters supposedly, but his Will was penned around the time of the grave illness and eventual (assumed) date of death of his son Jacob, so it is surprising he didn’t leave anything to his 3 very young, already, or soon-to-be fatherless grandsons. That being said, Casper only had 303 acres- the other 259 was applied for by son Jacob, who died after writing his Will at his farm on Carrollton Manor on 22 Jan 1771, and before it was proven on 2 April 1771. Some of Jacob’s descendants include the Winebiddles, Negleys and Mellons. That land made a lot of people extremely wealthy- I still haven’t quite figured out how the Winebiddle cousins acquired ownership Jacob’s land considering he had three living children and a living widow. I sense shenanigans afoot!


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