IMPORTANT NOTE: In early 2020, The Loveliest sadly had to close its doors. It will be missed!
The Loveliest Coffee & Clothes in Sewickley is part coffee shop and part clothing boutique—all under one roof. The space is filled with tons of light, pink decor, greenery, inspiration, feminine energy, and quite a few friendly faces. It easily takes the crown for the most photographable coffee shop in Pittsburgh.
The menu at The Loveliest falls right in line with the shop's design aesthetic. They've become known for out-of-the-box lattes. You'll find flavors such as Lavender Honey, Rainbow Marshmallow, and Rose Matcha. And as a bonus, all drinks can be customized with extra touches like pink coloring, edible gold, edible glitter, and whipped cream.
It's hard to be believe, but it doesn't stop with the edible glitter. For a small fee, you can add customized latte art to your beverage. It's a pretty simple process. Download the Ripples app, select The Loveliest as your location, and then select the design you'd like "printed". You can choose from a variety of pre-made quotes and designs or you can upload your own artwork. In my experience, simple and clean designs produce the cleanest imprint. I would avoid script fonts or any design with intricate detail. Thick, bold text is the best option.
It's also worth mentioning that if you're not a coffee drinker, The Loveliest also offers ombré lemonades. They're very colorful and just as exciting as the custom lattes. Here, caffeine fiends and non-coffee drinkers alike are welcome.
In the back of the shop you'll find racks full of beautiful and on-trend clothing styles. The inventory covers everything from tops and jackets to skirts and jeans. In addition to their seasonal collections, their staple Loveliest Collection features a variety of Pittsburgh gear, graphic tees, and jewelry, You can head to the shop for the full experience or shop your new looks online as well.
Head to 545 Beaver Street to treat yourself to a latte, a new look, and maybe a few shots for the 'gram. Give The Loveliest's IG a follow to stay up-to-date on new arrivals, menu changes, and events.
As I get older, my theory that coffee keeps the world turning seems to inch closer and closer to becoming scientific evidence. I personally can't function in the morning without a cup of coffee in my system and I know I'm not alone. There's something truly special about a hot cup of goodness that makes mornings just a little more bearable.
When it comes to the local coffee shop scene, there's something to be said about the energy and comfort of a neighborhood cafe. I might even go as far as saying it's therapeutic. With that said, coffee shops are one of my very favorite things to explore and I was pretty excited to learn about the Coffee Passport.
The Coffee Passport is like your ticket to a curated coffee tour of Pittsburgh. Each card is $20 and gets you one beverage at ten different locally-owned, independent shops. The specials at each shop range from a traditional cup of coffee to specialty lattes and espresso. Non-coffee drinkers: they have you covered too. Each menu offers some type non-coffee beverage or tea.
Ten coffee drinks for twenty bucks, support for local business, and the chance to visit new neighborhoods? It didn't take much more convincing.
There are two different passport versions available and each are valid for six months. (Please note they do expire so be sure to take advantage of your passport before the expiration date.) Once you make it through your first coffee scavenger hunt, there's a second set of cafes cued up on passport 2.
If you're ready to check it out, head over to the website to order your passport or stop into any of the participating shops. If you buy online, your passport will be mailed to you within two weeks.
Give the Coffee Passport team a follow on Instagram to keep up with news, announcements, and shop features. And if you happen to snag yourself a passport, let me know! Let's plan a coffee date. I love meeting new people and if you can't tell by now I certainly love a good coffee shop.
During my time as a student at Pitt, campus coffee options were Starbucks, Starbucks, Starbucks… and more Starbucks. At the time it got the job done, but over the years I've found a new appreciation for locally-owned cafes and coffee shops, so I was pretty stoked to hear that Red Hawk Coffee laid roots in Oakland.
This mobile coffee truck turned brick and mortar cafe is conveniently located right next to Peace, Love, and Little Donuts right off of Meyran Ave. Good coffee as a neighbor to good donuts. I can’t imagine a more perfect duo.
Red Hawk's space is small, but offers a welcoming environment with some retro touches. The coffee and espresso menu is simple, but offers just enough options. They also offer a variety of bottled beverages such as kombucha, tea, and juice.
Being a small space in a highly trafficked area, it’s probably going to be tough to lock down a table. There’s only a handful of tables available and I know firsthand that Pitt students do not mess around when it comes to study spots. I would recommend getting there early if you’re in the race for some table space.
Arriviste Coffee Bar is a bright, aesthetically pleasing coffee shop tucked away on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. The menu is simple. The space is inviting. And the baristas are extra friendly. All the necessary ingredients for a great coffee shop. This East End cafe serves up specialty coffee and tea and offers a great selection of pastries from local bakeries.
You can expect to see the shop full of neighborhood residents and local students. Being one of the few cafes in the neighborhood, it's a busy spot. If you’re lucky enough to snag a chair, there is free WiFi.
After your caffeination session, it might be time to refuel. Tipsy Cow is directly across the street. The french fries are some of the best around, there’s tons of options on their build-your-own-burger menu, and the patio is dog-friendly.
If you like a good cup of coffee and a fresh bouquet of flowers, then 4121 Main in Bloomfield is your real life dream come true and your one-stop-shop on a Saturday morning. This bright and airy little shop is sandwiched between Bloomfield and Lawrenceville in an old storefront off of Main Street...hence the name.
Aside from being adorable, 4121 is a coffee shop, flower shop, event space, and gallery. Talk about multi-tasking! The coffee bar menu is very small and simple, but in this case less is really more. Grab a cold brew or tried-and-true cappuccino and take in the views. The space is sprinkled with plants, flowers, small trinkets, and local goods. And if sunshine and fresh air is more your jam, the cafe tables outside make for some prime people watching action.
Fun fact: The shop's wallpaper is handmade. I highly recommend striking up a convo with the barista. You never know what other tid bits of info you may leave with!
From food truck parks and food halls to high end restaurants and rooftop cocktail bars, Pittsburgh has become quite the "foodie" city. Check out some of my faves!