Both located in the heart of the city and each marked by their own distinctive personality, it's time to explore.
Stifft Station was built around a former streetcar stop for the Pulaski Heights Line that operated from 1904 to 1947. The neighborhood's historic appeal is evident everywhere from the cottage style homes to the vintage street signs that still hang on a few of the storefronts. Recently, Stifft Station has experienced a renewal of youth as people flock to the quirky neighborhood for its convenient location and affordable homes.
Riverdale has its own unique qualities with the Arkansas River creating a natural border on one side and one of the city’s main roads running along the other. Riverdale is a true urban mix of office complexes, retail spaces, restaurants and a variety of residential options. This blend of activity combined with the area’s proximity to the river has made Riverdale one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods where you can always find something to explore.
Brave New Restaurant
Nestled away from the noise of the city but still located right in the middle of everything, Brave New is known for its fresh catch of the day. Don't let the multi-unit building fool you, this restaurant also boasts the best view of the Arkansas River and downtown skyline. If you're there when the weather is right and can sit outside, it's guaranteed you will have a memorable evening.
The Faded Rose
The David family opened the doors in 1982 and are still there serving those famous creole dishes that have made The Faded Rose a local mainstay. Alongside those New Orleans-inspired entrees, The Faded Rose also serves one of the city’s best steaks. Many locals would argue there isn’t a restaurant more Little Rock than The Faded Rose.
The Fold: Botanas & Bar
Set in a refurbished gas station and inspired by the cantinas in Mexico, The Fold has perfected the vibe, the menu and the food all to create the coolest little taco joint. Its serve lunch, dinner and has a weekend brunch, but no matter which one you attend, the jalapeño margarita is a must. Bonus: Your four legged friends are also welcome to hang here.
The Oyster Bar
This old school restaurant was recently reimagined by new owners to create one of the most happening spots in town. The oysters are still fresh and served in a variety of ways that will all meet your expectations. The Oyster Bar regularly has live music and is becoming one of the best spots in town for a lively night out with friends.
Pizza Cafe has long been a local favorite with a devout following and a lively patio as well known as its pizza. They also sell by the slice at lunch which makes this the perfect pizza spot no matter the time of day.
There are many newer and larger movie theaters, but the historic Riverdale Cinema has a charm like no other. The theater has 10 auditoriums, each filled with electric leather recliners and swivel trays. The trays are crucial because this theater serves up local beer and wine, as well as an impressive snack menu.
It might not be the neighborhood’s official title, but Riverdale has made its mark as the city’s hub of home design. Within a few blocks, you can find the showrooms of Little Rock’s leading designers and designer resources. Home decor retailers like The Urban Pad, Core iD and Cynthia East Fabrics are also located in this area.
These two neighborhoods happen to be home to a few of the city’s most coveted drinking establishments: White Water Tavern, Pizza D’Action and The Town Pump. People often argue what qualifies as a dive bar, but according to the all-mighty Wikipedia, it's an "unglamorous, eclectic, old-style bar with inexpensive drinks" and filled with locals. Going by that definition, these three should top the list.
If the dogs could vote, they would say Riverdale reigns. The neighborhood is home to pet favorites Hounds Lounge and Murray Dog Park. Plus, all the scenic trails give our four-legged friends plenty of space to exercise and sniff.
Walk It Out
Over the years, the Arkansas River Trail system has gained more and more attention as our city continues to connect and expand its routes, the heart of which intersect around the Big Dam Bridge. At the base of the bridge (the country's largest built for pedestrians) is the Riverdale neighborhood. With trails winding throughout the neighborhood, one can catch both serene river views and the bustling city experience.