Bakery Square Pittsburgh is an up and coming neighborhood centered around a re-purposed Nabisco factory. I had a chance to visit Bakery Square for work and, as always, I like to combine business with pleasure. I took time each morning to explore the Pittsburgh coffee scene within walking distance of Bakery Square. Here are seven Pittsburgh coffee shops and associated morning walks to check out if you find yourself in the Steel City.
1. Zeke’s Coffee in Pittsburgh's East Liberty NeighborhoodZeke’s is my go to place for artisanal coffee in East Liberty, just a 15 minute walk from Bakery Square Pittsburgh. Zeke’s is a boutique Pittsburgh coffee roaster with a food menu that includes amazing cakes and pastries plus a variety of whole beans. Zeke’s even has a drive thru (you can also walk up to it) right behind Bakery Square if you need an espresso on your morning commute (or should I say "express"-o?!). East Liberty is a historic neighborhood that is undergoing major changes. Historic mom and pop shops sit side-by-side with brand new apartments and chain stores.
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2. Adda Coffee and Tea House in Pittsburgh's Shadyside NeighborhoodAdda Coffee and Tea House serves up itty bitty but perfectly crafted cappuccinos. Their takeaway cups are about 10 oz. Located in Shadyside just a 10 minute walk from Pittsburgh’s Bakery Square, Adda’s coffee may be tiny but it packs a punch. Browse fine ceramics and artisan chocolate bars while waiting for the barista to serve up a perfect cup.
3. Jitters and a Tour from Bakery Square 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.
4. Commonplace Coffee Point Breeze and Homewood Cemetery
The next day, I set out in the opposite direction toward Pittsburgh's Point Breeze and Commonplace Coffee (formerly Make Your Mark). Try their cold brew coffee for a refreshing buzz on a hot summer’s day 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.
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.
5. Coffee Tree Roasters, Chatham University and Mellon Park
Coffee Tree Roasters is located on Walnut Street near Bakery Square in Pittsburgh and from here, I was ready for anything. Coffee 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.
6. Crazy Mocha Coffee 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' in the Pittsburgh coffee scene). I treated myself to a Salted Caramel Chocolate biscotti to fuel my walk back to Bakery Square.
7. The Bureau
Bureau Coffee is situated in the old Detective Building in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. I kept picturing something out of a film noir as I ordered a cold brew from this stylish new cafe. The Bureau is located at the back of the The Detective Building behind Schoolhouse furniture store.