Things To Do In Coconut Grove

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By: Kara Franker

Things to do and see in Coconut Grove

Miami’s oldest neighborhood, Coconut Grove has a rich history and plenty of fun things to do. Locals from the small, laid-back village pride themselves on its bohemian vibe and bayfront views, which make the area a primo spot for joggers, sailors and people watchers alike. Stroll through the banyan-shaded, peacock-filled streets of the Grove and you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to one of the most unique neighborhoods in the country.

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Where To Eat & Drink

Greenstreet Café

As more and more great restaurants open in Coconut Grove, some of the oldies but goodies continue to draw crowds. There’s a reason why Greenstreet Café seems to always be packed with brunch purists. Day or night, snag a seat at one of their red velvet sofas and take in the shaded streets with one of their signature drinks in hand. Tip: Long lines? No problem. You can grab breakfast favorites like their Nutella stuffed French toast or their red velvet pancakes well into the afternoon. 3468 Main Highway, Miami, FL 33133

    LoKal

    From the people to the ingredients, LoKal is as local as it gets. Hormone free, grass-fed beef and eco-friendly practices are just some of the secrets to owner Matt Kuscher’s ridiculously good burgers. This burger joint has a constantly rotating menu on both their draft and bottle selections, so feel free to pair one of their eccentric and locally inspired menu items with a nice cold brew. 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133

      Monty's Raw Bar

      In the Grove, Monty’s Raw Bar is a cultural icon located directly on the waterfront under a Tiki hut. The seafood stop serves up a Key West vibe on their bayside location, in addition to baskets heaped with fresh caught bites like Florida stone crabs, oysters and clams. Feel free to button up and dine inside, but you can never go wrong winding down with a fruity drink to sunset views on their outdoor terrace. Day or night, the bar and the beats will always be bumpin’. 2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33133

        A.C.’s Icees

        For Miami natives, A.C.’s Icees is a Grove landmark. These frozen lemonades are reason enough to step out from under the shade and into the heat for a cool Icee at Kennedy Park, where owner Allan Cohen’s truck has been stationed for decades. No reason to be picky here, A.C.’s Icees serves three fresh flavors: lemonade, cherry and piña colada, but be ready to pay with cash! 2470 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33133

          Coconut Grove Farmer’s Market

          Drop by the Coconut Grove Farmer’s Market and you’ll understand why the Grove has a self-appointed bohemian vibe. (And you won’t regret trying a fresh pressed juice or two.) Besides produce and prepared foods, here you’ll stumble upon friendly faces selling vegan-friendly finds like organic bath products and handcrafted jewelry. The farmer’s market is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 3300 Grand Ave., Miami, FL 33133

            Where To Stroll & Shop

            David T. Kennedy Park

            Coconut Grove is the prime example of the ultimate walkable neighborhood. Stroll along waterfront Bayshore Drive and you’ll come across a collection of lushly landscaped, family-friendly parks. The northernmost edition is David T. Kenney Park, where you’ll find a shady walking path, outdoor gym, off-leash dog areas and sand volleyball courts. 2400 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33133

              Regatta Park

              Located along Coconut Grove’s historic Dinner Key, the new Regatta Park is home to plenty of bayfront events. And it’s situated next to Regatta Harbour, where two historic airplane hangars that are being restored and renovated. When completed, it will include a marina, restaurants and collection of retail specialty stores. 2699 SW 27th Ave., Miami, FL 33133

                Peacock Park

                Finally, you’ll arrive at Peacock Park, also home to lots of al fresco community events, free yoga classes, a playground basketball courts and other group sports like kick-ball tournaments. An outdoor oasis situated within Peacock Park, Glass and Vine is celebrity chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s (winner of Food Network’s Chopped Season 1) sophisticated restaurant in a lush, tropical setting. Go for the eatery’s recurring Saturday’s in the Park and enjoy a delectable brunch menu, lawn games, cocktails and a live DJ. 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL 33133

                  CocoWalk

                  Wind around the main streets in the heart of Coconut Grove and you’ll find plenty of boutiques, restaurants and shops. Undergoing a complete transformation and primed for a comeback, CocoWalk will remerge with a new contemporary look, including a glassy five-story office building, a shaded public plaza, and a new roster of restaurants and boutiques. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020. 3015 Grand Ave., Miami, FL 33133

                    Where To Explore

                    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

                    Built in the early 1900s by industrial mogul James Deering and inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a local treasure featuring plenty of Instaworthy photo opportunities. The then winter estate turned museum is a true look into early Miami opulence, from the villa’s ornate architecture to the 10 acres of perfectly manicured gardens. Don’t be surprised if you run into an engagement photoshoot or two — the property makes for a picturesque afternoon on the water. 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129

                      The Kampong

                      Almost as large as Vizcaya’s backyard, The Kampong is 9 acres of Spanish and Southeast Asian-inspired tropical botanical gardens. The grounds once belonged to horticulturist David Fairchild (the man responsible for D.C.’s cherry blossoms) and now serves as a national landmark and educational center. Get your conservation on, and spend an afternoon surrounded by exotic fruits and plants. 4013 Douglas Road, Miami, FL 33133

                        Coconut Grove Sailing Club

                        By now you’ve recognized that the Grove is edged by water and has no shortage of bayside views, but locals and visitors alike swear by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club’s waterfront location. The private membership club is basically a ritzier, more exclusive alternative to Monty’s. No worries, though, membership isn’t required (but a drink at their second-floor patio should be). 2990 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33133

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