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It goes without saying that choosing the ideal Pittsburgh locale for an afternoon of retail therapy depends largely on what it is you’re looking for. The various neighborhoods of the city’s East End, however - especially Shadyside and Squirrel Hill - are generally good places to start. In upscale Shadyside, you’ll find everything from designer boutiques (selling lines such as Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, and LAMB) to vintage apparel shop, to chain clothiers like Banana Republic and J.Crew. The nearby Jewish district of Squirrel Hill, with its multitude of coffee shops and highly regarded ethnic eateries — everything from Italian to Mediterranean, and from pizza parlors to kosher cafés — is a perfect spot for a quick snack or a sit-down meal. Pittsburgh’s up-and-coming Lawrenceville neighborhood, just north of the Strip District, is home to art galleries and hip retail outlets such as Wild Card, a quirky, Etsy-influenced gift shop where handmade arts and crafts are sold. And for an urban-shopping mall experience, visit The Waterfront in Homestead, or the much smaller SouthSide Works, which conveniently sits at the tail-end of the boisterous and boutique-rich East Carson Street. Both open-air malls are home to movie theaters, chain restaurants, and a wide array of mainstream shopping options, while The Waterfront has a great selection of big-box stores.