Not far from the heart of downtown Little Rock lies a few of the city’s hidden gem areas. Little Rock’s Creative Corridor is a cultural hub within downtown. It’s home to Ballet Arkansas, The Rep, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Little Rock Technology Park. A few of the area’s best restaurants include Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill (their chopped salmon salad is a must-try), Bruno's Little Italy and the newly opened Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar.
South of downtown lies SoMa, an up-and-coming neighborhood filled with local restaurants and shops and the popular Bernice Garden Farmers Market, open each Sunday from April through October. Some of the neighborhood hotspots include Phantom Palm Tropicals + Rarities, Moxy Modern Mercantile, the ESSE Purse Museum and Mockingbird Bar & Tacos. Rock Town Distillery, Arkansas’ first legal distillery after prohibition, recently moved into the neighborhood, as well.
East Village is one of downtown Little Rock’s newest additions. The area located near Heifer International offers breweries, buffet-style Southern cuisine, an indoor/outdoor food truck park and spacious loft apartments.
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