Shadyside, located in the East End of Pittsburgh, is a vibrant neighborhood with plenty to eat, drink and see. In 2014 the Niche company named Shadyside as the best neighborhood in the ‘burgh for millennials. The neighborhood is bordered by Squirrel Hill, Bloomfield, Oakland, Friendship, East Liberty, Larimer and Point Breeze.
The neighborhood is home to retail-driven Walnut St., home to Pittsburgh’s oldest jewelry store, Henne Jewelers. In addition to retail, there are multiple restaurants on Walnut St., including Pamela’s Diner. Pamela’s has been serving breakfast to the Shadyside neighborhood for nearly 40 years (even President Obama and First Lady Michelle stopped by in 2009!).
Oringinally farmland, this now popular neighborhood became residential in the late 1800s and in the 1950s, the Walnut St. retail area began. For those who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, did you visit Shadyside when it was what the Pittsburgh Press dubbed “Our Greenwich Village.” The neighborhood was nicknamed this because it was a place for hippies to enjoy themselves in the 1960s and ’70s.
Long ago, Shadyside also was home to an iron furnace and a small oil refinery!