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The best things to do in Coconut Grove for a good time

From waterfront strolls and iconic homes to hippie farmers' markets, the best things to do in Coconut Grove cover lots of ground

Falyn Wood
Virginia Gil
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Falyn Wood
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Virginia Gil
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Established in 1825, Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest continually inhabited ‘hood. Known for its shady promenades lined with funky shops and restaurants, the Grove packs in a whole lot of charm, history and culture into a relatively little area along Biscayne Bay. Mixed in with the bohemian bungalows, independent book shops and locally owned cafes, there are also newer developments here, including a completely reimagined CocoWalk open-air mall, sleek high-rise condos and a couple of modern hotels.

Whether you’re looking to dine at one of the best restaurants in Miami or explore some of the city’s best parks, Coconut Grove is a worthwhile endeavor. Roam the east end of the neighborhood’s leafy, brick-paved sidewalks to find an eclectic mix of shopping, dining and green spaces, along with a few tried-and-true dives and a lively Saturday farmers’ market.

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Best things to do in Coconut Grove

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David T. Kennedy is a charming waterfront park with walking/cycling trails, a dog park, outdoor fitness equipment, volleyball courts and the very Instagrammable “Miami”-etched benches that face Biscayne Bay. After a scenic workout or some leisurely dog- and people-watching, cool down with a frozen lemonade from A.C.’s Icees truck, which has had a permanent spot in the parking lot for more than four decades.

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Feed your soul, nourish your body and stock your fridge at Glaser Organic Farms’ weekly market. Aside from fresh produce and a vegan cold-food bar, the event brings out numerous local vendors from the health and wellness space. Stop in for a refreshing ice cream sandwich from Courtney’s Cookies, whose vegan, gluten-free creations are as close to healthy as a dessert can be.

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The grand dame of Miami real estate, this Italian Renaissance-style villa set on Biscayne Bay served as Chicagoan industrialist James Deering’s winter home from 1914 to 1916. Its perfectly manicured gardens are a photographer’s dream. Visit for the wildly extravagant architecture, hundreds of European antiques and works of decorative art from the 16th and 17th centuries, and idyllic setting. Vizcaya often hosts free programming for families and festive events, like seersucker-themed parties and outdoor yoga.

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The Kampong is a stunning, nine-acre botanical garden with an Indonesian-inspired house set by a lagoon, which has been visited by the likes of Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Dwight Eisenhower in its storied past. One of just five National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Florida and Hawaii, it’s certainly a place worth visiting if only to see its 80-year-old, 50-ton baobab tree from Tanzania.

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Learn about the historic neighborhood while pedaling in tandem on this scenic 1.5-hour tour aboard a 15-seater Cycle Party bicycle. The tour sets off every first and third Sunday of the month. Your Cycle Party “pilot” comes equipped with historical facts, music and insightful knowledge of the area so you can explore the Grove’s architecture, foliage and fascinating Bohemian past. Note that this particular tour is billed as family-friendly (read: no alcohol).

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This whimsical, ’80s-themed milkshake bar serves indulgent, pop-culture-inspired creations and ice-cream floats, plus beer and wine. There’s a full living room setup in the back designed to look just like owner Matt Kuscher’s childhood home, complete with retro video game consoles. You can’t go wrong with any of the made-to-order shakes, but we love the Golden Girl: a banana shake topped with cream cheese frosting and a homemade blondie.

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Books & Books is a superb independent shop stocked with bestsellers but also lots of small publishers. Rely on their knowledgeable human employees to help you select your next page-turner, rather than an algorithm. Its wooden-floored rooms include one devoted to antiquarian rarities and another to kids’ books. There are always thoughtfully selected staff picks on display, as well as regular discussion groups and author readings.

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One of Miami’s longest-running annual parades, King Mango parodies the year’s headlines on the last Sunday of December, turning them into wacky and hilarious costumes and floats. We get it, some years are tougher to relive than others. But the mixed bag of quirky characters and mildly offensive humor proves that laughter cures all. After the strut, ring in the New Year with live entertainment and bands playing all around the Grove.

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  • Contemporary American
  • West Coconut Grove
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Recently bestowed a Michelin star, chef Michael Beltran’s Coconut Grove gem Ariete is a daring New-American spot featuring classic cocktails, warm service and an understated ambiance. There are many surprising dishes to explore here, but much fanfare has been made over the pressed duck. The tableside show that involves the churning and reducing of innards into a decadent sauce to accompany a series of otherworldly duck dishes isn’t just a novelty—it’s an art form.

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Thanks to Green Street’s placement on a bustling corner at Main Highway and Commodore Plaza, this is the Grove’s command central for the socio-anthropological sport of people-watching. To accompany this activity, management thoughtfully provides excellent salads, flatbreads, pastas and burgers. We’re partial to Sunday brunch, when you can indulge in massive, made-to-order omelettes and a damn near perfect Bloody Mary as the crowds roll by.

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Constructed in the late 19th century, this distinctive home on the water’s edge served as the original residence of pioneer Ralph Munroe. It’s the oldest standing house in Miami-Dade County, having survived hurricanes and other natural disasters, and today operates as a historical site. For just $2, you can explore the home and the old boathouse. Or pencil in one of its many public events, like the seasonal outdoor movie screenings and theater productions.

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Opened in 2019, Mr. C is a luxury boutique hotel where each of the 100 rooms boasts its own breezy outdoor terrace. Booking a treatment at the shiny new Beatala spa, which specializes in skincare and facials, grants you access to the hotel’s beautiful rooftop pool. Also on the roof, Bellini Restaurant and Bar is an incredible perch for enjoying classic Italian fare with sweeping bay and city views.

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Previously a dusty construction zone, the outdated and underutilized CocoWalk has finally been transformed into a multistory, semi-outdoor mall designed to match the luxe new condos that have risen on the waterfront. Anchored by Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, current retail tenants include Bluemercury, Glosslab and Sportive. But the main draw is the food: Mister 01, Salt & Straw, Sushi Garage and David Grutman’s swanky Key Club help elevate the area.

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Monty’s is a super-popular spot on the water suitable for rowdy college students and families alike. Thatch-roofed, open-walled miniature tiki huts surround a stage from which reggae and calypso bands do their damnedest to persuade the crowds to dance. Fridays after work, the infamous PK3 cocktail will loosen you right up. For hanging out on a weekend, a basket of fried seafood and a pitcher of beer will do just fine.

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One of the Grove’s numerous waterfront greenspaces, Peacock is smaller than the others but well equipped, boasting basketball courts, a playground and a small pier that overlooks Biscayne Bay. Glass & Vine also offers a bucolic indoor/outdoor dining experience within the park that adults will appreciate while kids enjoy the adjacent playground.

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The former site of the Dinner Key Auditorium, this modern park with views of the marina opened in 2015 and features seven acres of turf, concrete pathways, palm trees and boat access. With its abstract seating and open space, Regatta Park is ideal for picnics, sports (pick-up soccer and ultimate frisbee games are frequent here) and general outdoor pursuits.

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