Coconut Grove It's really true how nothin' matters No mad, mad world and no mad hatters No one's pitchin' cause there ain't no batters In coconut grove Don't bar the door, there's no one comin' The ocean's roar will dull the drummin' Of any city thoughts and city ways The ocean breezes cool my mind The salty days are hers and mine To do what we wanna Tonight we'll find a dune that's ours And softly she will speak the stars Until sun-up It's all from havin' someone knowin' Just which way your head is goin' Who's always warm, like in the mornin' In coconut grove
Coconut Grove is a groovy village in South Florida, boasting an eclectic mix of writers, artists, musicians, architects, eccentrics and free spirits.
To the locals (Grovites), it is simply called “The Grove.” Local Grovite Luke Fronefield beautifully articulates the unique charm of Coconut Grove in an article from The New Tropic, titled “The Coconut Grove We Love is Getting Wiped Out“ –
“With its high ground and abundant rainfall, the Grove is a unique subtropical rain forest ecosystem, unlike the rest of Miami which is essentially reclaimed swamp. This has allowed beautiful canopies like that of Main Highway to flourish with a semblance of manicured control, though left to its own devices the entire Grove would revert to jungle.
It’s that barely concealed wildness — jungle tucked inside the sprawling concrete metropolis of Miami — that makes the Grove like nothing else in the United States, and perhaps like nothing else in the world. It’s not sexy and it’s not slick. It’s the wild child of Miami.”
Yes, “the wild child of Miami.” Most definitely!
It’s a lovely place to live or to visit. There are some really good books about The Grove, such as:
by Arva Moore Parks and Bo Bennett
by Beth Dunlop, photographs by Claudia Uribe
Here are some of heatherfromthegrove‘s favorite spots/sites in The Grove (the list will be updated from time to time):
Restaurants (there are many more)
Atchana’s East West Kitchen (Thai)
- Berries in the Grove (American)
- Bombay Darbar (Indian)
- Le Bouchon (French)
- Ergon (Greek)
- George’s in the Grove (French)
- Govinda’s Garden (Vegetarian/Vegan)
- Greenstreet (American)
- Harry’s Pizzeria
- Jaguar (Ceviche Spoon Bar/Latin American)
- Lulu (American)
- Peacock Garden Café (American, Very “Grovey”)
- Sapore di Mare (Italian)
- Siam Oishi (Thai/Japanese)
- Spartico (Italian)
- Strada in The Grove (Italian)
- Vinos in the Grove (Wine Bar)
… and these just scratch the surface!
Some of the Hotels in The Grove
Spiritual (there are many more)
- St. Hugh Catholic Church
- St. James Baptist Church
- St. Matthew Community Baptist Church
- St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
- Zen Village
What’s Up in The Grove?
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