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A Culinary Tour

When you think of South Florida, it’s easy to think of fusion — culture, music and, of course, food. Given the stunning location, easy inspiration and availability of fresh, local ingredients from fish to fruit, it’s no wonder so many chefs flock to Miami. The Coconut Grove neighborhood is no exception. In fact, it’s a paradise for foodies with a passion for global fare. Name your pleasure — Latin, Peruvian, French, Mediterranean or American — Coconut Grove will satisfy your palate.

Day

1

Morning
  • Enjoy a Bon Breakfast.

    To the French, a bouchon is a quaint restaurant that serves traditional French cuisine. To the people of Coconut Grove, Le Bouchon du Grove is the spot for a Lyonnaise-style brunch. Chef Christian Ville delights visitors with omelets, eggs Benedict, French toast and enough pancake varieties to make your belly sing.

  • Snag a Souvenir.

    After brunch, experience CocoWalk, Coconut Grove’s outdoor shopping and entertainment center. With more than 30 shops, a movie theater and a handful of bars and restaurants, the browsing is easy. And, should you need one more French treat, Le Macaron has plenty of pastries to choose from.

MIDDAY
  • Find Inspiration in Art.

    Ten resident artists, as well as a handful of visiting painters, sculptors and more, constitute the creative house at KROMA Art Space & Studios. Visit the communal gallery for a glimpse at the work of some of South Florida’s most innovative creators.

AFTERNOON
  • Take a Pre-Lunch Swim.

    No matter the season, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami’s heated lap pool is open to guests year-round. Shaded by towering palms and surrounded by available lounge chairs and cabanas, the pool is a great place to unwind before an afternoon of culinary exploration.

  • Spill into the Spillover.

    One of Coconut Grove’s newest restaurants, the Spillover pairs sustainable seafood dishes with a cider and mead bar. For lunch, locals recommend the Key West conch salad, featuring conch caught less than 60 miles away, or the local fish sandwich, which typically includes spear-caught Florida grouper. And when it comes to that mead and cider, the menu contains a wide sampling, including offerings from Spain and France.  

EVENING
  • Go South.

    Food inspired by Latin America is popular in Miami, and Coconut Grove’s Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar makes no exception. Here, Executive Chef Oscar del Rivero has created a diverse menu that celebrates Cuban, Argentinian, Brazilian, Mexican and Venezuelan cuisine. What’s in a name? Everything. As its name implies, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar specializes in fresh ceviche made from locally caught fish and shellfish.

  • Get Lost.

    Twenty-nine. That’s how many pages the drink menu at Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House runs. With a list like that, it’s easy to feel lost, but the Taurus bartenders are happy to point you in the right direction — whether you’re fond of imperial stouts or small-batch, single-barrel bourbon.

Arrows point to the fitness center and Coconut Cove restaurant

Day

2

MORNING
  • Get Moving.

    Before you begin today’s culinary tour, give The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami’s fitness center a spin. Tucked into the 6,000-square-foot spa, the center is stocked with Cybex strength training and Life Fitness cardio machines. Airy and spacious, the center also features an elevated pool, perfect for swimming laps.

  • Belly Up to Breakfast.

    At Berries in the Grove, breakfast looks a lot like Mom might have made it. Think: pancakes, Belgian waffles, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and steak and eggs. What’s more, this local favorite has a menu of healthful smoothies if you’d rather start your day on the lighter side.

     

MIDDAY
  • Wander a Historic Oasis.

    James Deering, a land and agricultural equipment developer, retired to Coconut Grove in the early 1900s. There, he built Vizcaya, his version of an 18th century Italian villa. Today, the stunning home, art collection and lush gardens are open for public tours.

AFTERNOON
  • Lighten Your Lunch.

    Lulu in the Grove prides itself on serving “neighbor food.” That sense of community is due in large part to the share-ability of Lulu’s small plates. From crunchy green tomatoes served with jalapeño ranch, feta and chives to Kobe beef sliders and crispy mini tuna tacos, Lulu has made “please pass the …” a vital part of Coconut Grove.  

  • Park It.

    Barnacle State Historic Site was once home to Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe. Today, history buffs can tour the grounds of the oldest home in Miami-Dade County that maintains its original location.

EVENING
  • Dress Up for Dinner.

    Authentic Italian cuisine. Candlelit tables. An award-winning wine program. A menu that “reads like a study of the sea.” These are the ingredients for a romantic meal, and Sapore di Mare pieces them together beautifully. With an extensive crudo menu and options for multiple courses, Chef Valter Mancini has created a space that fuses house-made pasta and frutti di mare.

  • Turn In.

    After dinner, try a nightcap in the Lazuli Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. With views of the fountain terrace and plenty of handcrafted cocktails to choose from, it’s a lovely space to wind down the night.