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On weekdays, the River Market thrives as Downtown’s workforce grabs lunch in and around Ottenheimer Market Hall. Over the weekend, residents and tourists alike bustle about its shops, restaurants and museums.

Over the past decade, downtown has seen dramatic transformation and growth, and it’s not slowing down. Renovations and revitalization projects continue up and down Main Street and President Clinton Avenue. Tourists and residents alike can’t get enough of the new amenities, the most recent being the newly renovated Robinson Theater and restaurants popping up along downtown’s Creative Corridor and in SoMa (South Main).

Some metro residents skip the commute and opt for downtown living in high-rise, river-view condos, like those of River Market and 300 Third towers. Others choose the historic Quapaw Quarter or they settle in hip SoMa. These neighborhoods boast eco-friendly dwellings, grand Southern mansions and refurbished eye-catchers — not to mention locally minded restaurants like South on Main and The Root Café.

Dero Sanford

Downtown living offers residents spectacular views of the city. Plus, downtown dwellers are within walking distance to the Little Rock Farmers Market and prime dining options in every direction.

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The River Market Farmers Market packs with people on Tuesdays and Saturdays; locals come to stock their pantries with Arkansas grown produce and artisan crafts.

Wil Chandler

On weekdays, the River Market thrives as Downtown’s workforce grabs lunch in and around Ottenheimer Market Hall. Over the weekend, residents and tourists alike bustle about its shops, restaurants and museums.

The 42,000 people who work in the heart of the capital city Monday through Friday enjoy walkability to popular establishments like Capital Bar & Grill, Samantha’s Tap Room, Gus’ Fried Chicken, Cache, Gusano’s, At the Corner, Three Fold Noodles & Dumpling Co. and many more.

Many other restaurants reside in downtown’s River Market, a vibrant gathering place in the city. Farmers markets, bars, concert venues, shops, the main library and incredible riverside parks make for an all-inclusive experience downtown.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center is a huge lure, enticing tourists and residents alike to explore its temporary exhibits and the history of the country’s 42nd president.

The corporate ladder in downtown is extensive with regional power players and nationally known companies like Stephens Inc. (the largest investment bank off Wall Street), Heifer International (a nonprofit that works to fight hunger and poverty worldwide), Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the state’s government, which operates out of the capitol and surrounding buildings.

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The Arkansas River Trail system includes over 88.5 miles of trail, linking visitors to all four of Little Rock's pedestrian bridges.

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Over 50 food trucks gather down Main Street and Capitol Avenue each fall for the annual Main Street Food Truck Festival.

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