Where to Be Yourself in Miami’s Oldest Neighborhood

January 17, 2018



By Cristina Zeinali

Walking around Coconut Grove (formerly Cocoanut Grove) you can really feel a sense of its history, bohemian vibes and its down-to-earth way of life. Locals will tell you they love it and lucky for them they can bike to its cafes, shops and parks.  There really is so much to enjoy in this historic part of town! Here are some fun “where to” ideas for your next Grove outing.

Break a Sweat

Buddha Shack Yoga isn’t your typical yoga studio. You’ll leave feeling zen but also so empowered from the mega yoga flow you just did! Their “Buddha Burn” class takes yoga to another level by incorporating cardio, weights, and HIIT intervals alongside an amazing playlist of course. Buddha Burn is taught by Jenna, co-founder of Buddha Shack & certified badass yogi. She begins each class with a centering meditation and then leads you through a power yoga flow. Plus, who wouldn’t want to flow to Drake?
Where: Buddha Shack Yoga – 3444 Main Hwy Suite #17, Miami, FL 33133

Have a Doggie Play Date

So you feel bad you’ve left your pup mostly inside during the workweek right? I know the feeling! There are a couple of great options to get in some exercise for your furry friend and let them off their leash to play and explore. I really like Blanche Park in the heart of the Grove. It’s small and cleaner than most dog parks because it has astro turf instead of grass. There is also a much bigger park, David T. Kennedy Park, right on South Bayshore Drive. They have an enclosed area of the park that’s divided into sections for small and large dogs. If it’s too crowded inside the gated dog park then I’ll walk with my dog around the whole park and do several laps to get in some exercise. I also love taking in the views of the water.
Where: Blanche Park – 3045 Shipping Ave, Miami, FL 33133
David T. Kennedy Park – 2400 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

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Brunch with the Girls

The Grove might have a quiet and laid-back vibe at night but come Sunday mornings it’s packed. You would think with so many brunch spots, did we really need another option? And yes, of course we did! Le Pain Quotidien opened its first South Florida location in the Grove and the locals couldn’t be happier to welcome it to the neighborhood! It has such a nice and inviting atmosphere with indoor and some outdoor seating. My favorites from the menu so far are the prosciutto, ricotta & fig tartine, the sunny side breakfast bowl, their gluten free super seed toast and I recently fell in love with their gluten free double chocolate cookie.
Where: Le Pain Quotidien – 3433-3301 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

If you’re like me you need a little dessert after every meal. Bianco Gelato is one of my favorite spots for gelato. It’s unique because they are all organic, have vegan options and offer gluten free cones and cookies. Their vegan dark chocolate is so good and creamy and pairs well with so many of their flavors. A must try is their “Cookie Monster” flavor which is a blue cookies and cream because it’s made with spirulina. Trust me, go!
Where: Bianco Gelato – 3137 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133

Impress Your Date

Ariete is a small and quaint restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of twinkling lights to set the mood. It’s cozy and provides just the right atmosphere for a date night since it’s not as loud as other places and I love their open kitchen! Each table is always greeted with their “Parker House Rolls” which are warm and butter-y bread rolls. My kind of welcome! On my last visit I ordered a flat iron steak and it was cooked to perfection with roasted broccoli on the side. Ariete sources locally, so their menu changes periodically based on what’s available from local farmers. Also, I have to mention the incredible service, they really take their time to explain the menu, wine pairings and provide overall recommendations.

Where: Ariete – 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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Get a Caffeine Pick-Me-Up

If you’re strolling through the Grove and find yourself in need of some caffeine then definitely check out Panther CoffeeThe aroma alone will have you wide-eyed. It’s such a cool spot and besides coffee they sell some of my favorite cookies from Pamela Wasabi and other snacks and pastries. I usually go for a latte but I love their chai latte as well!

Where: Panther Coffee – 3407 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

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Meditate

It seems like more and more people want to try meditation or even make it a part of their daily routine. Me included! There are so many ways you can meditate. Maybe you find that you like to meditate in the morning, at night, in your house, or out in nature. Trying a meditation outdoors by the water can be a nice getaway from your regular routine or even jump-start your meditation practice. Alice C. Wainwright Park is a smaller park perfect for a meditation or even an outdoor yoga class. It sits right on the water so it’s great if you want to take a seat, meditate and just clear your mind for a bit.
Where: Alice C. Wainwright Park – 2845 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33129

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