Karen E. Segrave
SoMa is decorated with fun murals that make perfect photo backdrops like this one by The Root Cafe.

The South Main neighborhood (SoMa, as it’s lovingly referred to) is an area that’s seen major growth and revitalization in recent years. The area is known for being a hip, artistic hub brimming with eclectic shops and one-of-a-kind dining. Stop by M2 Gallery to shop their artfully curated collection of local art and jewelry. Just up the street is the Electric Ghost where you can pot your own succulent or cacti to take home at their in-house plant lab.

When it comes to dining, SoMa pulls out all the stops. For the true Southern experience, dinner at South on Main is a must. The restaurant features musical performances, literary readings and film screenings that perfectly complements their menu, which puts an unexpected spin on traditional Southern fare. Nearby, The Root Cafe offers a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly farm-to-table menu, and Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos is a new hotspot with traditional Latin American street food including tacos, empanadas, and pupusas.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, look no further than Loblolly Creamery. The Little Rock-based creamery makes small-batch ice cream, fizzy sodas and other sweet treats at their adorable shop in the heart of SoMa.

When it comes to nightlife, locals flock to Rock Town Distillery — the first legal distillery in the state after prohibition. The location offers tastings as well as an extensive cocktail menu. Further up the street, you’ll find Atlas Bar, a new neighborhood bar themed around owner Tony Poe’s extensive world travels.

To the east, you’ll find East Village. The development is on the rise and is home to two of Little Rock’s breweries — Rebel Kettle Brewing and Lost Forty Brewing. There’s also a new food truck park called The Rail Yard, with a large yard for dogs and kids to roam. Cathead’s Diner is one of the area’s most buzzed about restaurants and features a buffet filled with barbecue, classic Southern sides and, of course, biscuits.

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Rebel Kettle Brewing is the perfect place to grab a brew and play lawn games in their large backyard.


WERECOMMEND

Eat

  • Atlas Bar

Drink

  • Atlas Bar
  • Rock Town Distillery

Shop

  • M2 Gallery
  • Rock Town Distillery

Explore

  • M2 Gallery
  • Rock Town Distillery