Coconut Grove is one of my favorite places in Miami…

and I believe it’s the same for a lot of French people…

You can judge how French people love Coconut to the number of French shops and restaurants there. That’s a charming district in the South of Miami, a peaceful place along the sea with a kind of boho mood in the air. Sometimes, the marina will even look like Geneva Lake. There is something really poetic round here.

There are a number of festivals and events, the most important of which is the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Coconut is a concentrate of the Miamian cultural blend, witness of the successive immigration waves, gathering Wasps, Bahamian and Caribbean. A mix of modern architecture and historic hispanic buildings such as the Cruz building on Commodore Plaza.

The nicest thing about Coconut is that you can walk, yes WALK around: go shopping, have a nice coffee, watch a movie and then have a walk to the sea, all this without driving your car, which is rare enough to be mentioned! Commodore Plaza and Cocowalk are great places for shopping…

Peacock Park: the place where kids can have fun and parents have… a drink at the newly opened Glass&Vine restaurant. It is also where furious soccer trainings take place almost every day… Would you imagine that the sea is just behind the trees???

Have a coffee at the Panther Coffee

And then have dinner at Sonesta Roof top restaurant or (… I apologize in advance cause it is not the kind of healthy places I’m used to recommend, but kids love it so much…) try the purely American Sports Grill Duffi’s in Cocowalk (their Sesame crusted Tuna is fresh and tasty by the way!)

To top your visit off, stop at the Viscaya Musuem & Garden, back north, a nice place built in the early twentieth century which will you remind of the sixteenth century’s Italy…

Hope this post will make you want to visit Coconut Grove. I’d love to have your comments or other places you love there!