In this episode, produced especially for The Welcome Channel, David takes audiences around Coconut Grove in his hometown of Miami, Florida’s historical area. If you’ve ever wondered what you see can do, or even eat in this bohemian neighborhood watch and find out!
Brief Background of Coconut Grove
The Grove, as the natives prefer to call it, is an area famous for historical landmarks like the lovely 1920’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and also The Kampong — a beautiful botanical garden where David and his wife got married, and eventually The Barnacle State Park. All three are located along the shores of Biscayne Bay.
From the Grove that you can keep it fast-paced or slow as you like. For decades it’s been a place to dine, shop and enjoy the amazing Miami weather. David enjoys coming here especially for Sunday brunch. You’ll notice there are crowds here than in South Beach, making it a much relaxed vibe.
Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest seaside neighborhood, based in 1873. This bohemian village provides the perfect setting for walking, shopping, and dining room . Located in the heart of Miami, the Grove provides an array of boutiques, sidewalk cafés, and gourmet restaurants, all in a pedestrian-friendly zone which could be enjoyed year round.
Vinos in the Grove
You can delight in this Coconut Grove Rewards by heading over to Dinner Key to get a boat ride, or participating in yoga classes paddle boarding, in Peacock Park. Everything here is beneath one canopy along Biscayne Bay.
Jaguar Ceviche and Latam Grill
Owner Miguel introduces us to his restaurant, La Gamba. Of the components used to make their dishes have been all flown in twice per week to guarantee tasty, fresh dishes including their signature seafood paella, prawns, and tasty shrimp croquettes.
Greenstreet Cafe and Lulu
Should you happen to be on Wednesday or Saturday, come back and enjoy the live Flamenco ring. The serenading starts at 7pm.
Then you are not becoming the Coconut Grove vibe if you believe that it’s weird to have piercing studio and also a tattoo design showcased. The area is known for embracing a community of individuals. Grove Ink was (literally) adding colour to the Grove for more than five decades. It’s fully custom tattoo shop with clients who fly in from all over the globe.
Two doors down is its business, New Age Body Piercing. This is certainly the area if you want a souvenir from your trip to 20, that you want to be.
Strada is a charming Italian restaurant which serves up versions of traditional Italian classics. Their wine list is also quite impressive, as is their dedication to components free of harmful pesticides and GMOs. You may be certain that the steak is grass-fed along with the pancakes are imported from Italy.
Drool-worthy dishes here include the charcuterie platter, carpaccio di tonno (tuna carpaccio), grilled Mediterranean-style branzino, and ravioli d’aragosta (lobster ravioli).
Vinos in the Grove is raising the wine tasting experience. Whether you are coming into buy a bottle of your favourite wine, or would love to sample global wines coupled with meats and cheeses, Vinos in the Grove provides a casual, nonpretensious ambiance where you can kick back and enjoy the nicer things in life.
They are hosting art events and live music to spice up the experience and therefore provide a range of 25 wines by the glass.
Jaguar is a Latin-American restaurant which specializes in ceviches and seafood dishes inspired by the restaurants of Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and more. Chef Oscar Del Rivero prides itself on having the ability to deliver a vast assortment of Latin American specialties to clients by adding modern touches and staying true to the ingredients.
The real star of this menu, however, is that the assortment of ceviches. Favorites contain ceviche Punta Mita, tiradito Nikkei, along with the ceviche blossom. If you haven’t discovered, ceviches are the fire!
These two classics, GreenStreet Cafe and Lulu are the greatest”see and be seen” restaurants in Coconut Grove. They are both located in the junction of both Commodore Plaza and Main Highway. It’s rare not to encounter politicians and actors in Greenstreet, all appreciating the weather.
Sunday brunch this is a must! Lulu is a sidewalk cafe with an assorted menu of cakes, burgers, tacos, and pastas made with all natural, organic ingredients.
No visit to Coconut Grove is complete without a visit to a favorite shopping destination CocoWalk and assembly point. You’ll be greeted with a fountain, as you enter through the grand entrance on Main Highway. Inside, the airy courtyard opens up to show four levels of dining room and retail.
CocoWalk is also home to premiere a movie theater, sidewalk cafes, and shopping. Situated in the corner of Main Highway and McFarlane Road, this is the heart of the Grove. CocoWalk is friendly!
Coconut Grove is a historical and bohemian area with a past and populous individuals with their own different lifestyle that is laid-back. It is a village within a city. Coconut Grove is a place a bohemian oasis within Miami. It is a place with its own traditions, culture, history and community. It is Bohemia From The Bay.
Production by Carlos de Varona from Chromahouse
Particular Because of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District