Fayetteville is ranked the #1 place to live in the SEC for good reason—and the month of May is an absolutely beautiful backdrop for this year’s NCAA Golf Championship at the challenging and perfectly maintained Blessings Golf Club. When it’s time to come off of the course for a bit to find some local havens or enjoy some Razorback retail therapy, we’ve got some great suggestions:
MOMMA ALWAYS SAID IT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY…
Fayetteville is a breakfast and brunch-loving city and boasts a range of options for every taste. If you’re on the hunt for caffeine served by folks who really understand a great cup of joe, you can’t go wrong at any of Arsaga’s four locations, Onyx Coffee Lab, Puritan, Mama Carmen’s, Bolder Coffee, Doomsday Coffee & Roasterie and Red Kite Coffee Company. If tea is more your speed, try Savoy Tea Company.
Breakfast hotspots to check out are Prelude Breakfast Bar, Stone Mill Bread Company, The Farmer’s Table, Southern Food Company, Dirty Apron Bakehouse, Little Bread Company. If your timing falls during weekend brunch hours, consider Mockingbird Kitchen, Emelia’s Mediterranean Kitchen, Café Rue Orleans, Bordinos, Nomad’s, U.S. Pizza Co., and East Side Grill.
WHERE FAYETTEVILLE LOVES TO GATHER
The Fayetteville Farmers Market is a wonderful way to get in some excellent people-watching as a wide cross-section of the community’s people (and always a few friendly, leashed dogs) visit the vibrant market setting on the lush historic square. Operating since 1973, vendors sell locally grown produce, flowers, fresh meats, shelf stable foods, baked goods, juried crafts and fine art on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP
If you’re searching for the perfect licensed Razorback sports apparel and other game-related gear, look no further than Hog Heaven in Bud Walton Basketball Arena, Hogman’s Gameday Superstore, The Stadium Shoppe, Alumni Hall, Razorback Shop and Houndstooth Clothing.
LET US ENTERTAIN YOU
No trip to Fayetteville is complete without visiting one or two (or a few more) of its independent music and entertainment venues. A few unique options would be Big Box Karaoke for some group crooning in private rooms, Pinpoint Pinball Bar, or live music at George’s Majestic Lounge, JJ’s Grill, JBGB or Smoke & Barrel. If you’re looking for a radically retro option, check out the 112 Drive-In Theatre—operating since 1950 and one of just three still remaining in Arkansas.