A Tour of Pittsburgh around Bakery Square in Four Coffee Shops

I recently had the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh for work. My office is located in Bakery Square in an old Nabisco factory. As always, I like to combine business with pleasure and set out each morning to discover a new coffee shop and neighborhood near the office. Here are four coffee shops and morning walks to check out if you find yourself in Steel City.

1. Jitters and a Tour through Shadyside

A short walk along a dirt path took me from the busy streets around Pittsburgh's Bakery Square into the residential neighborhood of Shadyside and onto Walnut Street. Walnut Street features vibrant shops and restaurants but in the morning, Jitters Cafe is the place to be. Fresh coffee and biscotti got my day started. 
Jitters Cafe in Pittsburgh
Cruising through the neighborhood as the sun came up, I spotted starlings sunning themselves and even a bright red cardinal.
Houses and Birds (starlings and cardinal) in Pittsburgh

2. Make Your Mark and Homewood Cemetery

On Day 2 of my trip, I set out in the opposite direction toward Pittsburgh's Point Breeze and Make Your Mark. I arrived just as they opened. In addition to being a coffee shop, this place is a Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant and art space. I love how you can even post your own caffeine inspired art on the walls.
Make Your Mark Cafe in Pittsburgh
Coffee in hand, I noticed road signs for Frick Park and Homewood Cemetery. I had about an hour before I needed to be at work and decided to check it out. I spotted more birds as I strolled through this residential area of Pittsburgh including a bluejay and a red-bellied woodpecker.
A walk through Point Breeze and Beyond in Pittsburgh
It's important to get some caffeine before tackling the walk to Homewood Cemetery as it is a decidedly uphill climb. The effort is worth it though as the park features sweeping views and also the tombstones of some of Pittsburgh's most famous residents including members of the Frick, Mellon, and Heinz families.
Homwood Cemetery in Pittsburgh
Continuing back toward Bakery Square, this garden sign made me smile. Laugh. It reminded me that no matter how busy we are, it's important to take time each day to do something we enjoy.
Laugh - Garden Sign
On this walk, I was also impressed by the stately homes along Beechwood Blvd. No two were the same.
Pittsburgh Homes

3. Coffee Tree Roasters, Chatham University and Mellon Park

Coffee Tree Roasters is located at Pittsburgh's Bakery Square and from here, I was ready for anything. Cup in hand, I made my way to Chatham University. Most of the campus is designated as an arboretum and I had the place nearly entirely to myself when I visited around 7 am. 
Chatham University in Pittsburgh
On the way back toward Bakery Square, I detoured through Mellon Park and took a moment to admire the well coiffed beds and fountains as a light rain began to fall.
Mellon Park in Pittsburgh

4. Crazy Mocha and a Foggy Walk on Ellsworth Ave

Who doesn't love a coffee shop with a goat as a mascot? I made my way back to the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh but this time walked down Ellsworth Ave to Crazy Mocha. I sipped my coffee at the tables outside in a deep blanket of fog. Crazy Mocha also features a wide range of biscotti (biscotti in general seemed to be a 'thing' on the Pittsburgh coffee scene). I treated myself to a Salted Caramel Chocolate biscotti to fuel my walk back to the office.
Crazy Mocha Coffee and Biscotti on Ellsworth Ave in Pittsburgh
Here is a handy map covering the four different walks around Bakery Square that I took during my visit to Pittsburgh. It's always worth it to make time for a bit of fun and relaxation on a business trip. These walks show that you don't even have to go that far afield for a bit of morning commute fun in Pennsylvania!

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Sidewalk Safari: A Tour of Pittsburgh around Bakery Square in Four Coffee Shops
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