Best Snacks and Drinks on Pittsburgh’s Bike Trails

Let’s face it, biking is exhausting, especially on the long, hilly Pittsburgh bike trails in hot summer weather. Sometimes you need a snack…or a cold beer…or three. Here are our recommendations for when you’re on the go on a few of the Pittsburgh’s bike trails.

Snacks and Drinks on Pittsburgh’s Bike Trails

Frick Park Bike Trails

Frick Park’s mountain-biking trails and the surrounding streets are prime spots for East End biking. The park also borders Regent Square and Edgewood, home to some of the best snacking and dining in the city.

For a sweet treat or a sandwich, try Madeleine’s Bakery and Bistro (609 S Trenton Ave). Madeline’s is a family-owned small-batch bakery with some of the highest quality baked goods around, an easy in-and-out or a post bike reward.

If you feel like venturing off the trail a little, you’re right by the business district of Braddock Avenue and can sample spots like quirky local favorite Hemlock House (1126 Braddock Avenue). Check them out for a small plate or a cold beer to cool off.

Maybe you’re beat and want a full meal. Thai Cottage (1109 S Braddock Avenue) or El Burro (1113 S Braddock Avenue) have you covered for a hearty, affordable meal.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

The Three Rivers Heritage Trail gives you a lot of options for on the go snacks. It covers just about the entire perimeter of the city.

Portions of it circle the Strip District, where you can get a coffee, cocktail, or just a glass of water at De Fer Coffee’s flagship location (2002 Smallman Street). Or indulge in a sugar high down the block at Peace, Love, and Little Donuts (50 21st Street).

You also have access to the South Side on this route, can easily stop in to Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh right on the river (2705 Water Street) or any of East Carson Street’s bars like Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon (2001 East Carson Street).

Great Allegheny Passage

People come from all over to bike the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Pittsburgh down to Cumberland, Maryland. This trail skirts through downtown underneath the Mon Wharf and past Point State Park. On your way, you can stop at one of Pittsburgh’s only Uzbek restaurants: Caravan Halal (10 Smithfield Street) for kebabs, gyros, chickens, or breads.

Just on the other side of the Smithfield Street Bridge, there’s also Grand Concourse for a fancier brunch, provided you’re not too sweaty. Or hydrate with a beverage of your choice, and enjoy a bite at The Warren (245 7th St) before pedaling away. Don’t drink and bike, though!

Story by Emma Riva / Photo courtesy of Friends of the Riverfront

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