Photo Credit: David Yerby

Just north of Central Avenue in the historic district of Hot Springs is a special little community with local favorites in dining, shopping and entertainment.

That district is Uptown, and it’s a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood worth a visit.

Where to grab a bite:

DeLuca’s Pizzeria Napoletana was recently recognized as having the best pizza in Arkansas. Owner Anthony Valinoti brought authentic, Napoletana pizza to the Spa City after falling in love with the community. The Brooklyn, New York, native learned the art of pizza-making while living in Naples, Italy, and the skills and attention to detail he learned go into each pizza he makes at DeLuca’s. Anthony makes each pizza himself, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Hours - Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m.

The Quarter’s Cafe offers Louisiana-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you’ll find all the traditional favorites from gumbo to jambalaya, and crawfish and shrimp étouffée. If you stop in early from breakfast or brunch, there are a variety of French Quarter inspired Eggs Benedict dishes, as well as Beignets!

Hours - Wednesday through Saturday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4-9 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Red Light Roastery Coffee House is the first small batch coffee roastery in Hot Springs, and it’s located in the heart of Uptown. Stop in for a quiet cup of coffee and a treat, and visit with the locals who frequent here for good tips on what to do during your stay. Be sure and take home a bag of coffee for a taste of Hot Springs until your next visit.

Hours - Tuesday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Doing good while eating well is always a great combination. Brick City Pizza opened to provide both food and jobs to individuals in the area. Check out their full range of menu options for pizzas and calzones or visit the buffet line to sample a bit of everything!

Hours - Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Park Avenue Bistro delivers fantastic dinner and Sunday brunch menus for Uptown diners. The evening hours are worth waiting for -- diners on Yelp and TripAdvisor rave about their innovative and delicious dishes ranging from duck and rack of lamb to stuffed shrimp and salads. And yes - they take reservations!

Hours: 
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 - 2pm (Brunch), 4:30 - 8:00 pm (Dinner) 

If you're looking for a hidden gem (and superb burger) then a stop by Bailey's Dairy Treat is in your future. Their menu is a mix of American classics and frosty treats - perfect for an afternoon stroll through Uptown. 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where to shop:

Prohibition Press offers custom screen-printed shirts, handmade leather goods and locally made gifts. Stop by for handcrafted items for yourself and your friends, and support this local business.

Hours - Wednesday through Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 3 p.m.

For a unique and quirky gift, stop by the Hot Springy Dingy! Known for their costumes for any event (not just Halloween), the tie-dyed shirts, jewelry, dresses and tapestries aren’t to be overlooked.

Hours - Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Mural Art by "Years" Mural Art at Dryden Pottery
Murals across from Red Light Roastery (top) and at Emergent Arts are prime spots for Instagram-worthy shots. Photo Cred: Aaron Brewer

What to do:
Valley of the Vapors at Low Key Arts
Live Performances Abound at Low Key Arts. Photo Credit: David Yerby

Hot Springs has a history of investing in the arts, and two of its key players are located right in Uptown! Low Key Arts works year-round to bring tremendous musical talent to Hot Springs through festivals including Valley of the Vapors and Hot Water Hills. The second, Emergent Arts (technically in Whittington Valley), is home to both a gallery of art and a studio providing educational classes as well.  

Knitting at Emergent Arts
Knitting Classes at Emergent Arts - Photo Credit: David Yerby

If you’re looking for the full Uptown experience to get to know the locals, look no further than the annual Summerfest Uptown. This annual event was started in 2013 to create a fun, family-friendly event showcasing the beauty that is Park Avenue. The event’s mission is to restore Park Avenue to its original glory, and funds will be raised during the event to purchase new street lights. Cooking contests, art displays and activities will be available all day.

On May 26, the first Slow Roll will take place in Hot Springs. Starting at Spa City Cycling, participants will ride through Uptown and over to Parkside Cycle before ending up at the Historic Downtown Farmer's Market for food trucks and music. Helmets will be required and fun will be had!

Though tours aren't available - you can sneak a peek at President Bill Clinton's Boyhood Home at 1011 Park Avenue. 

Join the fun and explore this exciting district of Hot Springs!