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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 The Heights, its cousin to the north, 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. 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, Hill Station and U.S. Pizza.

Like The Heights, most of Hillcrest’s businesses are located along the main thoroughfare of Kavanaugh Boulevard. 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 is also a popular place to play outside, and it's a popular spot to watch the 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.

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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.

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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