Both residents and visitors take pleasure in the impressive collection of shops and restaurants found in the Van Buren area. Spend a day window-shopping along historic Main Street Van Buren and, afterwards, treat yourself to a flavorful meal at one of many quality dining establishments.
Van Buren is brimming with excellent shopping opportunities. Most of Van Buren’s retailers are waiting to be explored along the six-block Main Street, an award-winning National Historic District. The street is lined with Victorian storefronts begging to be explored. Inside, shoppers will discover a variety of items, such as books, clothing, candles, collectible art, home décor, beauty products and even delicious candies and fudge. Situated along Arkansas’ Antique Trail, Main Street Van Buren is also a haven for antiquers and bargain hunters, and its seasonal Farmers Market is jam-packed with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and much more.
The Old Town Merchants Association is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in order to promote and preserve Main Street Van Buren, a true gem in the community. The association is composed of merchants, building owners and individuals interested in enhancing Main Street, today and into the future. In addition to representing the businesses that line Main Street, the Old Town Merchants Association celebrates the district’s vitality through several festivals and special events. More information is available online at www.vbmainstreet.com.
When hunger strikes, Van Buren area restaurants are ready and waiting to serve up the finest in delicious cuisine and quality customer service. Charming cafés and coffeehouses are intermixed with casual, family-friendly restaurants and fine dining establishments—all of which offer an eclectic selection of menus. Diners choose among a host of cuisine, which ranges from BBQ and Louisiana Cajun dishes to pizza, sandwiches, prime steak and fresh seafood—and everything in between. Van Buren also boasts of a global presence, featuring Asian, Italian and Mexican fare. Plus, there are plenty of options for the diner on the go with a variety of fast-food joints and carry-out restaurants.