If you’ve packed light to shop hard, you should probably make your way to Coconut Grove. This Miami neighborhood is a ton of fun, and remains one of our favorite destinations for shopping and catching up with friends.
There’s no shortage of shopping options with the Grove’s large open-air markets CocoWalk (complete with a movie theater and the delicious Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill) and the Streets of Mayfair, and tons of other street boutiques. If you’re in the mood for tranquil beauty instead, you can take in the Renaissance-inspired gardens and architecture at the Vizcaya Museum.
The neighborhood is a popular hangout for young professionals and students from nearby University of Miami and Florida International University. We recommend happy hour at Monty’s, where you can people watch while the sun sets over the water.
The Grove also hosts a number of festivals, including the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival in February, The Great Taste of the Grove food and wine festival in April, the Goombay Festival (a Bahamian carnival) in June, and the King Mango Strut in December. If your trip timing is right, stop by for a taste of the neighborhood’s art, food, and culture.