PiteŚ is known for its pitepalt, a food dish consisting of potato dumplings with chopped pork filling. The area is also known for its dialect, called PitemŚl.
PiteŚ has a fast food drive-thru commonly used by snow mobilers. The restaurant was a McDonald's from February 2002 to November 2007. Several McDonald's restaurants in Norrbotten closed at the time, in the face of competition from Max Hamburgers. The restaurant was later scheduled to become part of the Frasses hamburger chain. The drive-thru has received international coverage, including on The Travel Channel in an episode called "Most Unique McDonald's".
Pitea has a sister city in the Caribbean: Gustavia, capital of Saint Barthťlemy, the formerly Swedish possession that is now part of France