Little Rock Convention & Vistors Bureau
Mylo Coffee Co. on Kavanaugh Blvd. is frequented by students and professionals as a "home away from home."

With a mix of turn-of-the-century American Craftsman-style bungalows and Tudor-style homes, a vibrant dining and nightlife scene and a pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere, Hillcrest Historic District is an inviting place to live and live it up.

Located west of downtown along Markham Street and the south leg of Kavanaugh Boulevard, Hillcrest is minutes from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the state’s only academic health sciences center. The neighborhood also encompasses Allsopp Park, which features scenic biking and hiking trails, softball fields and tennis courts.

Hillcrest is distinctive for its patios, some of the best in the city, for dining, drinking and people-watching during perfect fall and springs nights in Little Rock. U.S. Pizza is a long-standing favorite, but the versatile lineup of delicious destinations includes The Oyster Bar, Cafe Bossa Nova and La Terraza Rum & Lounge. From crispy fried seafood to new American to Mediterranean style, there is something for any taste.

Travel + Leisure recognized the Little Rock Zoo in a recent piece on the “Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos.”

At Haus Werk, “the boutique for everything,” shoppers can find women’s and kids’ clothing, jewelry, toys, kitchen items, decorative art and more.

Midtown, southwest of Hillcrest, is a bustling mix of nationally known establishments and local flavor. The neighborhood is home to the Little Rock Zoo, War Memorial Stadium and War Memorial golf course, if you’re interested in seeing the penguins with the kids, watching some football or getting in 18 holes.

Anchored by Dillard’s, Park Plaza Mall is just the beginning of an eclectic shopping experience. Williams-Sonoma, The Container Store and Pottery Barn coexist with Target while Cheddar’s, Panera Bread and Paninis & Company are just some of the dining destinations.

If you want to grab some refreshment and keep on shopping, you can do both at Water Buffalo & Buffalo Brewing Company. Owned by Nolen Buffalo, this mashup of brewery and organic hobbying destination offers suds on tap as well as supplies and classes in home beer and wine making, gardening, pickling and cheese making.

In addition to Allsopp Park, the Hillcrest–Midtown area is home to War Memorial Park — featuring a splash pad for kids — and Knoop Park, which was originally an overlook drive and still offers exceptional views of downtown Little Rock.

Other can’t-miss experiences in this area include a day-date with the kids at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center and a date night with your partner or friends at local treasure, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse.

The Oyster Bar opened its doors in 1974 and has since become a staple in Little Rock's food scene. The restaurant is known for its shrimp and Cat-touffee (shrimp etouffee topped with crispy catfish fillets)


WERECOMMEND

Eat

  • Murry’s Dinner Playhouse
  • The Oyster Bar
  • Paninis & Company
  • The Water Buffalo & Buffalo Brewing Company

Drink

  • Murry’s Dinner Playhouse
  • The Water Buffalo & Buffalo Brewing Company

Shop

  • Haus Werk
  • The Water Buffalo & Buffalo Brewing Company

Explore

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center
  • Murry’s Dinner Playhouse