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May 7, 2010 02:44 PM

Strip District worth it on a non-Saturday?

We'll be visiting Pittsburgh over Memorial Day weekend, but we'll be there Sunday-Tuesday so not over a Saturday. I was looking forward to experiencing the vendors outside at the Strip District. Is it worth going during the week (or on Memorial Day itself - a Monday but maybe busier than normal due to the holiday)?

Thanks so much for your time and info!

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  1. I prefer to go during the week. However, some/many of the outdoor vendors will not be there (I don't know about Sundays or holidays though).

    Also keep in mind that many of the spots on the strip close by late afternoon, so don't plan on making a night of it.

    1. It's been a while but I think Sunday is getting a fair amount of traffic now, although a number of stores like Penn Mac and such are still closed. I think many of the sidewalk vendors are out on Sundays. Monday I would expect most things to be shut; it's really more of a "closed Sundays and holidays" sort of place. But then, I'm really not sure. You might want to check it out Sunday then if you really want to see for example the cheese counter at Penn Mac (hey, I don't know, maybe it's not that silly ;-), go back on Tuesday when it's sure to be open (if you have time on Tuesday). Yeah, nothing's open late either, except maybe Lotus Foods (Asian store), even on weeknights. Most everything is 8-5 or similar.

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      1. re: CrazyOne

        As far as I know, Penn Mac is open Sundays 9:30 AM- 2:00 PM (both my experience and according to the website).

        In general, I much prefer shopping in the strip when it isn't Saturday. Sure, you may miss a couple of things, but you won't have to deal with the crush of people, and for me, the sidewalk vendors aren't all that important.

        You should be able to visit any day of the week and get a good sense for the things that are going on. Think morning-early afternoon though. Even on Saturday, the stores and vendors pack it in relatively early.

        If you're specifically going for the tons of people and sidewalks crowded with table vendors, then Saturday is pretty much your only option. Otherwise, any day of the week should give you a lot of good options for shopping (and perhaps a late lunch at Kaya or Enrico's).

        1. re: skoledin

          I PREFER it on the weekday! Many less people, still some vendors. You won't have to wait to eat breakfast or lunch either. The taco guy is there during the week, the banh mi people are open sporadically, Enrico's is open, 21st street coffee is open, Pamela's is open, Wholey's, etc. Not sure if places will be open or closed due to the holiday.

          1. re: skoledin

            Hm, that must be fairly new. Last time I was there Sunday (granted, a while ago, probably last year sometime) Penn Mac was not open. Perhaps it was later than 2:00, but I doubt it. Anyway, thanks for the correction!

            1. re: CrazyOne

              Penn Mac is definitely open sundays, not sure what time they close though.

              1. re: Rick


                Retail store hours

                Sundays 9:30 AM- 2:00 PM
                Monday thru Saturday 6:30 AM - 4:30 PM

                Ah the internets.

        2. Bear in mind that parking on a busy Saturday is a real problem.

          No one mentioned Penzey's, if you aren't near one. Also, Mon Aimee Chocolate.

          1. I'd actually rather miss the crowds so it's good to know it's still worth checking out. Thanks so much for all of your help!

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            1. re: cmn2d

              Sundays are nice. Many stores have started opening on Sundays for limited hours. Cafe Raymond is now opened on Sunday too.

              Cafe Raymond
              2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

              1. re: chinacat1969

                I cruised down Penn Ave this past Sunday afternoon. It looked pretty similar to a Saturday, really, although fewer people I think. Street vendors were out, most shops are now open. I don't think they all are open, but it's certainly enough to make it worth it.