Last year we released our series of neighborhood maps and 24-hour guides designed by Beth Rhodes, starting with Little River. Next came the enchanting Coconut Grove. In true Miami fashion, the area has changed so much since the first edition of the map (RIP Cocowalk). So we brought the map and its accompanying itinerary up to date, with some brand new additions too. The lush, low-key, and highly historical neighborhood is home to more than just peacocks and hippies. Get ready, because this one’s as jam-packed as they come…with good reason.
Coconut Grove has always been an escape. So for this reboot, we’re breaking down our absolute favorite, can’t-miss gems. Remember, this is a curated list (by yours truly) and entirely subjective (although much of it is based on our crowd-sourcing to you and proclaimed Coconut Grove connoisseurs). But either way, we hope you find it useful and cherish the neighborhood’s wonderful charm as much as we do!
Shake A Leg Miami – A non-profit working with children & adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges in a marine environment, that focuses on building an inclusive community built around water sports, the environment & personal fulfillment.
Milam’s Market – A South Florida supermarket staple and small local franchise. The first branch was in Coconut Grove.
Coconut Grove Sailing Club – Founded in 1946, the CGSC is a beautiful, two-story wooden building on the lip of Biscayne Bay and the nearby marina. You can head there for food, events, music, or just a great view. Or sailing, that too.
Coconut Grove Branch Library – One of the oldest libraries in Miami. Worth a walk inside the turn-of-the-century Old Florida building that has survived so much. The current library still has a replica of the original 1901 structure.
Women’s Club of Coconut Grove – Originally known as the Housekeepers Club, the organization was founded in 1891 by Flora McFarlane. The women who founded the women’s club branch were responsible for the first school house in Coconut Grove and the neighboring library among much else. Although it might only be open for private events, the building is still beautiful to behold.
OM Movement – One of the bigger wellness studios in the neighborhood, OM Movement focus not just on yoga and the like, but also functional movement with a vast variety of choices for all levels and interests.
Photo of Vizcaya by Healthy Magazine
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – A breathtaking Mediterranean Revival villa-turned-museum built in 1914 complete with Italian Renaissance gardens, statues, and a sweeping view of Biscayne Bay.
Mayfair Hotel & Spa – The open to the public rooftop pool, the art deco-inspired architecture, and the central location are all what makes the Mayfair Hotel so likable. But it’s the spa that has earned it the reputation as one of the best in town.
The Café at Books & Books – Another wonderful pop-up by Miami’s largest chain of independent bookstores originally founded in Coral Gables. It’s the latest in their literary span across the city, and is the right kind of intimate you want to snuggle up in.
Hare Krishna Cultural Center – A lush compound dedicated to the Hindu-based movement and its followers in South Florida. Inside, you’ll find plenty of places to calm your mind, artisans, and even free weekly meals.
Kirk Munroe Tennis Center – Named after one of the neighborhood’s founding fathers, the public tennis courts and adjacent park are perfect for an active morning with the family.
Dharma Yoga – Dharma Studio is the Grove’s friendly neighborhood yoga sanctuary, where you are always home. They have support charities weekly, yoga for the mobility-impaired, and all levels and flows.
Photo of the Barnacle by Timeout
The Barnacle Historic State Park – Built in 1891, The Barnacle is the oldest house in its original location in Miami-Dade County. It was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s founders, and offers 5 pristine acres of hardwood hammocks, mangroves, a boathouse, a Victorian estate, and an unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay.
Coconut Grove Organic (Farmers) Market – The weekly open-air farmer’s market takes place every Saturday near the intersection of Grand Ave. and McDonald. They’re packed with local vendors selling the usual fresh produce and prepared foods, but also a selection of specialty handmade items and artisanal goods.
KROMA Gallery – A collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of Coconut Grove consisting of 18 artists studios and a communal gallery space. KROMA’s mission is to serve as an affordable, contemporary space for artists, whose creative output will contribute to connecting the spirits of Coconut Grove’s rich past, present and future.
Plymouth Congregational Church – Modeled after the old Spanish missions of Mexico, the limestone church was completed in 1917 and built by only one man. It’s one of the most gorgeous churches in Miami and although popular for weddings and services, still enchanting to check out.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Historic Home – Built in 1926, it was the lifelong home of environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who was nationally known for her efforts to preserve the Everglades of southern Florida. Although you can’t visit, the Florida Government is currently in talks to restore the house and create some sort of restricted public access.
The Kampong – The Kampong is a 9-acre botanical garden along Biscayne Bay and was once the home to Dr. David Fairchild, after which the Fairchild Tropical Garden was named. It’s a magical oasis that few people know about, filled with tropical fruit and flowering trees, and Asian-inspired architecture.
Photo of The Kampong. Credit Unknown.
Cocoplum Plaza Circle – At the entrance of the Cocoplum gated community, Cocoplum Circle is where Le Jeune, Old Culture, and Sunset Drive meet. Embraced by a newly-finished park and a network of canals, the area is beautifully shaded by banyan trees and its paths and bridges make it a perfect place to start a bike ride.
David T Kennedy Park – Waterfront park separated into two sweeping sections, offering an off-leash dog area, outdoor gym, walking path and beach volleyball.
Peacock Park – Peacock Park is a 9.4-acre public park on the shore of Biscayne Bay. It’s best known for its large baseball field and grassy knoll that serves as the home for many events including season kickball leagues.
Blanche Park – Small tree-lined dog park with a fenced area for off-leash activities, shaded seats and cleanup bags.
Merrie Christmas Park – Although Le Jeune has long since been a marker for the border between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, this park sits on the Grove side. Its towering banyans provide ample shade, its hills are perfect for rolling on, and the paths and playgrounds provide plenty of activity.
Sunrise Harbor Park – A perfect little neighborhood park for the surrounding residential community on the borders between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.
Alice Wainwright Park – A 28-acre waterfront park and nature preserve located in northern Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, U.S.A., on the southern border of Brickell. It is named for Alice C. Wainwright, who was the first female elected to serve on the City of Miami Commission.
Photo of Alice Wainwright Park by Miami and The Beaches
A C’s Icees – The Coconut Grove staple has been serving his signature frozen lemonade out of his food truck at Kennedy Park for over 40 years. It’s a definite can’t-miss.
Monty’s Raw Bar – The waterfront tiki we all know and love was founded in 1969 and has been a quintessential Miami spot ever since. It’s a funky bayside hangout with drinks, a raw bar, live music and weeknight happy hours.
Grove Bay Grill – Formerly known as Scotty’s Landing, this bayside grill is as low-key as it gets. Boats can pull right up and order familiar seafood dishes, burgers and drinks in a casual setting with views of the bay.
Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill – If you’ve lived in Miami and never been to Flanigan’s, you have some stripes to earn, my friend. Nicknamed “Flanny’s” it’s the place to be to watch sports, enjoy their weekly seafood specials, OR just to try the very best ribs in the region…not biased at all here.
Happy Wine – A local wine store chain that is also a hidden gem for one of the best happy hours in the city. Go there for their high selection of grapes, but stay for the chillest vibe.
Coral Bagels – It’s the kind of unpretentious neighborhood diner that gets packed on the weekends filled with families and high schoolers. Their epic bagel selection and hearty breakfast classics are always on the weekend rotation for locals.
Photo of Peacock Garden Bistro by Eater Miami
Peacock Garden Bistro – Hidden behind lush trees and overgrown flora, this charming bistro serves an eclectic menu and simple drinks inside a beautiful courtyard. It pays homage to the Peacock family, some of the original founders of Coconut Grove.
Glass & Vine – The upscale off shoot of the same team behind Eating House, Glass & Vine serves up a Euro-inspired menu with tropical twists. The terrace jets out into the age-old oaks of Peacock Park and is one of the most romantic spots in Miami.
Harry’s Pizzeria – A Design District classic, Harry’s had made a great home for itself in The Grove. It serves up creative, wood-oven pies baked in a huge brick hearth, plus craft beer, in urban-rustic digs.
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop – Best known for the Miami version of the “Crack Pie,” Fireman Derek’s just recently opened its newest location in The Grove. The Bakery/cafe specializes in pies and cheesecakes, plus cookies and milkshakes.
Bombay Darbar – This neighborhood Indian restaurant has a serious cult following. After spending years in a 30-seat space, they expanded and are going just as strong with their traditional Indian dishes and delicacies.
Sandbar Sports Grill – Back when The Grove was a heavy-hitting bar destination for college students, this was usually the first stop on the list. The lively late-night hangout offers draft brews and casual grub amid sports TVs in a beach-themed space.
Barracuda Taphouse & Grill – A Coconut Grove mainstay on the quaint Fuller ST., Barracuda’s a must-hang for anyone looking to wet their whistle. Nautical decor and a jukebox add to the rustic vibe of this colorful joint with American-seafood eats and an impressive beer selection.
Panther Coffee – It seems like with the growth of Wynwood has come several staples making their way down to historical neighborhoods. The trendy roastery and cafe has been a steady hotspot for upscale brews and those on the go.
Photo of El Taquito by FujiFilmGirl
El Taquito – One of our absolute favorite spots in The Grove. The tiny window of a Mexican spot is hard not to miss, but if you know you know, you know? Best part about it is it’s open real late.
Atchana’s Homegrown Thai – Relatively new to The Grove eatery scene, Atchana’s is a family-owned outpost serving delicious locally sourced Thai dishes and a wide variety of hot sauces in a colorful, wood-accented space.
The Last Carrot – Considered one of the first vegan-friendly outposts in town, The Last Carrot is as much of a staple as it gets. They specialize in sandwiches, salads, smoothies and juices at a long-running, vegetarian-friendly spot. And after all these years are still cash only.
Bianco Gelato – This organic and all-natural ice cream spot has been making families happy for quite some time now. The sleek and bright gelateria crafts artisan Italian ice cream from seasonal, locally-sourced, and even vegan ingredients.
Green Street Cafe – This is the kind of long-standing American-inspired outpost that works perfectly for every meal. Whether for bustling happy hour, a dimly-lit dinner, or their epic weekend brunches will pour out onto the sidewalk.
Present Bakery – One of the newest additions to the neighborhood, Present is really a gift to all of us pastry-heads. Their coffee is roasted in their homeland Fincas of Colombia, and their artisanal breads and croissants are specially made in-house every day.
Lokal – Might be relatively new to the neighborhood by Grove standards, but Lokal was an instant favorite the moment it moved in. The first outpost from the beloved Kush team, the laid-back place offers burgers and sandwiches made with local, sustainable ingredients, plus craft beers.
Photo of Lokal by Gil Bitton by Miami New Times
Ariete – Ariete offers innovative cuisine in a new-American-meets-New World-way. Helmed by Chef Michael Beltran, Ariete is considered by some to be one of the best restaurants in town. Serving up high-quality fare in a farmhouse setting.
Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House – Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House is Miami’s oldest drinking establishment. A legendary staple of historic Coconut Grove, they offer whiskey and beer specials with a back patio, eclectic American fare and nightly events like live music, comedy, trivia, and karaoke.
Shore to Door Fish Market – One of those neighborhood secrets that doesn’t even have a website, that’s house fresh and low-key it is. They offer fresh seafood caught daily, including their famous fish fry and crawfish.
THEY DON’T EVEN GO HERE (BUT SHOULD)
Casola’s Pizzeria & Sub Shop – Not technically in Coconut Grove, we had to include it in this roundup for its massive popularity with its neighboring locals. The late-night shop serves slices and wings the size of your face, including samples.
The Original Daily Bread Marketplace – Just like the spot above, this true OG is not part of The Grove but we still had to bring it in. It’s an informal quick-serve cafe and market selling some of the best traditional Middle Eastern dishes plus related ingredients in town.
El Carajo Tapas & Wines – On the surface, it might look like any regular gas station food store, but it’s far from it. Nestled behind a working gas station, this snug wine shop and bar serves traditional Spanish tapas and slings Latin specialties to-go.
Photo of El Carajo by Eater Miami