Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ally on March 31, 2004

Popular among locals as well as tourists, the outdoor CocoWalk plaza and the surrounding neighborhood is an exciting activity center of retail shops, restaurants, bars, and includes a large AMC movie theatre. Both families and flirty fun-seekers keep the marketplace busy from morning until late at night. Amazingly enough, the many clothes, jewelry, and shoe stores (this is THE place for sandals) stay open until 10:30PM, which is ideal for safe and pleasant after-dinner walks. There’s a mix of upscale boutiques and chain retailers, like Banana Republic. One such shop, Koko & Palenki, carries a nice selection of evening shoes, including the latest Stuart Weissmans.

There is always music of some type to entertain shoppers and non-shoppers alike, either emanating from the open air Mexican restaurant or the live cover-singing entertainers performing on the main balcony; and yes, sometimes from both directions. You can enjoy this from sitting in one of the café/restaurants, or one of the open tables on the 2nd floor, as we did, savoring a chocolate/strawberry crepe.

Neighboring streets contain more stores carrying warm-weather tanks, pants, sandals, as well as a variety of restaurants – a steak house, Mexican, Indian, Italian, French, and Chinese. Since we were looking for a light meal, we stopped by a smoothie bar & café called Zoom Zoom (3415 Main Hwy), to enjoy a “fandango” (chicken) salad, and a “tree hugger” sandwich – cukes, cream cheese, sprouts, avocado, tomato on wheat. Though it may not sound too exciting, it was all quite tasty, and cheap.

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Coconut Grove, Florida, 33133
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