A really good café if you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan options. Located in Pittsburgh’s East End, the Quiet Storm caters to hungry artists and hipsters in this quaint coffee shop. The prices are moderate but the portions are large. People swear by the huge burritos and bottomless cups of coffee. The atmosphere’s also really cool. They have tables by the windows for people watching and a central café with bar seats, too.
Open since the ‘80s, the Beehive is a South Side staple for bohemian culture. Oddly shaped furniture and chairs liter the place. You can sit alone with a book or join a group of friends on their round sofas and play one of their available board games. The food and the coffee are good, but this place is really better known for its atmosphere. In the summer the outdoor, alley patio opens and it’s really pretty with a fountain and foliage. Plus, they also offer free wifi.
Tom’s Diner is a Southside staple. Teens grew up here secretly smoking cigarettes while grandparents enjoyed senior portions a few booths down. These days it’s the same scenario, except the management has changed since the South Side’s become more gentrified. No longer do they have awesome graffiti walls where you used to find autographs from bands like the misfits. But it is still dirty as ever, if that’s what you find charming about greasy spoon diners. It's open 24/7.