Where We Work: Bloomfield

Bloomfield is a classic Pittsburgh neighborhood, located just three miles from Downtown. And while it’s known as Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy,” Bloomfield was actually settled by German Catholic immigrants in 1886.

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With classic row houses, a rich European heritage, and an eclectic mix of businesses lining Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield is one of Pittsburgh's can't-miss neighborhoods.


Renters love this neighborhood for its central location, hip vibe, and continued affordability. And thanks to that affordability, if a rental property is updated and priced fairly, it will move fast. On average, an updated two bedroom apartment in Bloomfield will run you approximately $1200.


Several Ikos team members call Bloomfield home and appreciate the neighborhood for its “gritty personality, strong sense of community, and laid back vibe.” 


Here are five Bloomfield spots as listed as “do not miss” by our team in Pittsburgh:


Tessaro’s: A chill eatery known for giant, juicy burgers. With an in-house butcher grinding out marble-to-meat ratios of perfect proportions and a custom crafted iron grill, Tessaro’s aims to deliver a dining experience that is as honest and as authentic as Pittsburgh itself.


Bloomfield Saturday Market: The Bloomfield Saturday Market is two parts farmer’s market, one part weekly festival from May through October. This is the place to find some of the best produce, cheese, meat, coffee, and homemade hummus. At the Winter Market, which runs November through March, visitors can find baked goods, hydroponic lettuce, meat, apples, honey, prepared hot foods, and more.




White Whale Bookstore: This community hub is a place for engagement, conversation, and sharing ideas. The independent bookstore, which is home to a broad range of contemporary and literary fiction, poetry, history, and philosophy, hosts author readings, poetry nights, writing workshops, book clubs, and children’s story hours.


Bitter Ends Luncheonette: Breakfast and Lunch. Fresh baked everything. Perfect eggs. This breakfast and lunch counter mingles more deeply with old-time luncheonettes of yesteryear than the seemingly hipster vibe you might, at first, glean from the largely plaid-shirted crowd. And by the way, Chef Becca Hegarty was nominated for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award by The James Beard Foundation. Not too shabby.



Nico’s Recovery Room: Known for its weekend karaoke scene, Nico’s is a friendly neighborhood bar offering lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, which includes vegan-friendly options. Expect a truly diverse crowd - young & old, long standing regulars, college kids, Airbnb visitors, and local characters.


Interested in finding a place to live in this historic, eclectic neighborhood? Check out what’s currently available for rent in Bloomfield.


Fun Fact: Bloomfield owes its name to none other than George Washington. In a journal entry from the mid-1700s, Washington described the neighborhood as a “field of many blooms.”