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)

The Hillcrest Historic District is located west of downtown along Markham Street and the south leg of Kavanaugh Boulevard. Here you’ll find beautiful neighborhoods as well as a wide variety of boutiques and shops, including local favorites like Hillcrest Designer Jewelry, E. Leigh’s and The Full Moon. For a quick bite or a relaxing dinner, options range from top-notch pizza to upscale Brazilian and French cuisine. Savor delicious food at Damgoode Pies, The Oyster Bar, Ciao Baci, Café Bossa Nova and Kemuri. The outdoor patio at U.S. Pizza Co. is always packed and pet-friendly.

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Box Turtle is a great local spot to shop for unique gifts, jewelry and home decor.

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Mylo Coffee Co. on Kavanaugh Blvd. is frequented by students and professionals as a "home away from home."

Head southwest from Hillcrest and you’ll find Midtown, the bustling home to an array of big-box shops and restaurants. The Little Rock Zoo (kids love to ride the train and see the penguins!), War Memorial Stadium and War Memorial Golf Course are located here, as is Park Plaza Mall, which is anchored at both ends by Dillard’s.

Across the street, the Midtowne Little Rock shopping center boasts a mix of local and national chains like Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and The Container Store. Visitors and natives alike adore the healthy drinks and eats at Paninis & Company, also located here. A stone’s throw away, Park Avenue offers even more in the way of shopping and dining, bringing in restaurants like Cheddar’s and Panera Bread and anchor stores like Target to the area.

Enjoy the great outdoors at one of the many popular parks in this area—Allsopp, Knoop and War Memorial, which features a splash pad for kids. Allsopp Park, in particular, offers mountain biking, hiking trails and an activity area with a playground and tennis courts.

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


Things to Do

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

Places to Eat

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

Places To Play

  • Hillcrest Fountain
  • Murry’s Dinner Playhouse

Places To Shop

  • Haus Werk