Lost in all the recent Fifth and Forbes controversy is the square itself, not only a historic landmark but a unique and viable public gathering place..
Market Square is downtown's largest "outdoor room," enclosed by the Gothic glass of PPG and the blue-cubed windows of Fifth Avenue Place. Narrow, brick-paved streets, historic buildings and wide sidewalks add to the pedestrian-friendly feel. At the center of the square is downtown's second most famous clock. Though always crowded between 11am and 1pm, seating is ample, particularly in the large group of white lawn tables in front of the stage. Outdoor tables are also available at many of the nearby restaurants.
Bring your wallet and spare the brown bag. Market Square is loaded with great lunch spots and also boasts a nice mixture of the franchised and the locally owned. McDonald's, Subway and Bruegger's compete with The Original Oyster House, the Sahara (Mediterranean), Hana (Japanese), China Palace Too, La Gondola (Italian) and, of course, Primanti's. Sick of Starbucks? Try the Buon Giorno Café or Nicholas Coffee Company.
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