Going back out into the world might still feel intimidating to many of us in the era of pandemic re-opening. The options for having a good time outside the comfort of our homes seem minimal, but we’re here to assure you that you can still have loads of fun discovering Miami’s most beautiful neighborhoods responsibly. If you’re looking for a glimpse into our city’s past, in a breathtaking, breezy and tropical setting, Coconut Grove provides a perfect escape for the whole family.
Coconut Grove is known for many things, but most characteristically its abundance of trees and green spaces. The multiple parks that call the neighborhood home–from David T Kennedy and Peacock Park, to the newly minted Regatta Park, there are plenty of option for picnics and outdoor activities. Each of them offers much for workouts and sweats, but there’s always the Kirk Monroe Tennis Center right in the heart of the neighborhood if you really want to flex that competitive muscle.
Park Grove Residences
It might seem like the city is rapidly changing, but there are a few testaments to Miami pride still standing in Coconut Grove. Namely the beloved local gems still serving their way into our hearts. You can make your way to Shore to Door for some of the best fresh-caught, homemade fish and seafood in town. Barracuda Taphouse & Grill has taken over Fuller ST with an outdoor beer garden for the time being, making it a perfect place to lounge outside and safely-distanced from others. You can fight the crowds at Green Street or Ariete for brunch, or head over to Kush by Spillover and enjoy a mouth-watering meal outside on the plaza.
via Barracuda Taphouse & Grill
As Miami’s oldest neighborhood, Coconut Grove is steeped in a rich past that deserves to be explored. You can choose to be awed or to be inspired, regardless of your tastes. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, though at the very border of the neighborhood is Miami’s largest outdoor vestige of history and one of the best examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in town. Walk through the native hardwood hammock and away from civilization at The Barnacle, to enjoy some alone time on the lawn of checking out views of Biscayne Bay. Or just jump into your car where you can traverse its streets, winding and weaving between 100-year-old cottages and passing the gorgeous Plymouth Congregational Church.
Florida State Parks
While much of the magic of The Grove is its ties to history and plenty of OG spots that have managed to stand the test of time, it’s currently undergoing some interesting changes. CocoWalk has finally begun its re-opening so you can try eateries that are new to the area like PLANTA and the soon-to-open Salt & Straw. The Argentinean eatery, Loretta & The Butcher is also new to the ranks of Commodore Plaza and worth your checking out. Perhaps newest to the block is Minty Z, a plant-based dim sum restaurant that tastes absolutely as good as it looks.
Yes, food is a big part of what makes Coconut Grove so welcoming, but it’s also the distinct access to local businesses that gives it its true charm. Head over to Coconut Village where you can hit plenty of birds with those stones of yours and support multiple local shops at the same time. Catch-a-Wave solves your every water sport need, Kcull boasts trendy and handmade goods from all over, The Maya Hatcha sells all the fixins for getting your spirituality on, and Kreative Gardens offers beautiful plants as gifts. Walk the streets and stop into the many boutique shops around, or if you truly want to spend your dime on something food-related, plan your trip on a Saturday and head to the Coconut Grove Farmer’s Market bursting with some of the best goods in town.
Coconut Village Collective
Cover photo via Compass.