Coco Walk, Miami
Coco Walk is part of Coconut Grove. This area has a very quaint looking shopping area. It's still Miami but a business district with this specific name. About 6 miles south of downtown Miami. We dined at the Panorama Restaurant located on the 8th floor of the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel on McFarlane. We walked around a bit before dinner and there was lots of nice shops. We went into a wine store and some clothing shops. Cool looking architecture, especially at the bookstore. A taxi drive from downtown will fetch $20 one way but I think it's worth it.
As I've said - shopping isn't my thing. But we came here a couple of years ago to eat. I took photos from the car because the pink and beige architecture intrigued me.
There are nearly 40 brand-name and independent shops, including Victoria’s Secret, Blockbuster Music, Banana Republic, and The Cheesecake Factory. There is also an AMC cinemaplex, an Automated Teller Machine, and covered parking. We parked on the street at a meter which was probably cheaper.
The website below, which has a panorama camera in the courtyard says: "If you like white clothes, stop at the White House; if you dress in black, drop by the Black Market. Ground-level kiosks bulge with beads, incense, herbs, and cigars. Upstairs are the restaurants and nightspots, which stay hopping until 2am. The spacious and welcoming brick-paved courtyard plays host to live music every night and on weekends. There is always something to keep your attention. Bands and musicians perform inside the nightclubs and in the courtyard. Artists, musicians, sports stars, and visiting celebrities stroll through the beautiful terraces, which are highlighted with Victorian-style lamps.
"Outdoor cafes grace every level, inviting guests to enjoy the tropical sea breezes. Second-floor Tu Tu Tango, an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar, resembles a starving artist’s studio in Spain. Blank canvases hang from the ceiling and original paintings dot the walls. Local artists paint at their easels in the middle of the mayhem."
CocoWalk is a partially open-air retail complex located in Coconut Grove. It's not very large, but includes the more popular clothing stores and restaurants.
The stores are the same as found all over the US including Banana Repulic, Gap, etc... so nothing special there.
The restaurants are all franchise type restaurants, with the Cheesecake Factory being the anchor restaurant.
CocoWalk is a good place to go for an afternoon of shopping and to catch a movie in the theatre. Parking is available either on the street or in the parking garage. The stores are all primarily aimed towards female shoppers, so if you go there with your girlfriend/wife be prepared to hold lots of bags and get dragged into all sorts of shops and boutiques. It's like a living hell for guys!!
What to buy: There is a small shoe store directly across the street from the Gap (can't remember the name). If you go into the back of the store, you will find some cheap knock-off designer purses and shoes (fake Gucci, Prada, Versace, etc...). If you want to look the part of Miami's "elite" but can't afford it visit this place.
What to pay: Lots
It´s an "open" mall, very nice. You can find here cinemas, bars, restaurants (Hooters), shops (Gap, Banana Republic)
You can come here at night and hang out. Bars are opened up to about 3:30 am