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Hillcrest is home to some of Little Rock's most popular restaurants and bars, which many residents enjoy walking to from their homes.

Hipper and more laid-back than its cousin to the north, Hillcrest is always hosting people from all over Metro Little Rock. Hillcrest is full of beautiful turn-of-the-century homes and cottages. Plus, home prices are lower here than in The Heights and there are more rental options, too. The charming Craftsman bungalows, American Foursquare houses and two-story Tudor-style homes sit cozily along oak-lined streets.

In the mornings and evenings, residents — a lot of young professionals and artistic types — emerge to walk pets alongside wrought iron fences and overflowing azaleas. All day long, the historic district’s diverse shops and restaurants are bustling with customers. Places like Café Bossa Nova, Mylo Coffee Co., Kemuri and The Pantry Crest beckon all of Metro Little Rock for delicious and diverse eats. And at night, voices carry across the neighborhood from the patios of favored gathering spots like Ciao Baci and U.S. Pizza.

Like The Heights, most of Hillcrest’s businesses are located along the main thoroughfare of Kavanaugh Boulevard, and patrons tend to be middle to upper class. If you’re looking to open a business catering to that demographic, Hillcrest is the place to be.

Like the rest of the neighborhood, the social scene is casual and easy-going. On the first Thursday of every month, the local merchants host Shop 'N' Sip, where businesses stay open late and invite customers to enjoy live music and a glass of wine while they shop.

Nature’s influences are as much a part of this neighborhood as a Damgoode Pies’ pizza. Families and fitness seekers explore the beautiful Allsopp Park, which boasts softball and tennis courts, biking and hiking trails. Knoop Park, where you can often find runners and joggers with strollers, is also a popular place to watch RiverFest and the Main Streets bridge’s Fourth of July fireworks.

From hip food trucks and recent college grads to fancy spas and salons, Hillcrest is eclectic and one of a kind.

The debate over best local pizza is highly contested, but most locals agree U.S. Pizza is a great spot to enjoy some pie, especially on the patio at the Hillcrest location.

Café Bossa Nova, with its acclaimed, authentic Brazillian cuisine is a Little Rock mainstay.

Stifft's Station is home to some of Little Rock's oldest institutions like the Oyster Bar.

Stifft Station is an eclectic hamlet located between Downtown and Hillcrest. It's home to some of the city's oldest and most loved dives like The Oyster Bar and Pizza D'Action, and new adds like Stone's Throw Brewing.

Meet the Neighbors

On the first Thursday of every month, residents of Hillcrest come together for Hillcrest Shop N Sip. Organized by Hillcrest Merchants Association members, this neighborhood party beckons everyone for deals, drinks, samples and a whole lot of socialization. There's also live music at The Crest Park. Locals from nearby neighborhoods love this monthly event, too.

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