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Cocoa Village, Florida

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Tucked away just off Highway 520, you would never know that Cocoa Village even existed if it wasn't for the gigantic sign pointing the way. The city of Cocoa, Florida on Brevard County's mainland (no relation to Cocoa Beach, which is further east) is made up of crisscrossing highways. But the city's origins started in the little Cocoa Village, the nickname locals gave to the area's downtown and historic district. It's not hard to see how the district earned its "Village" moniker with narrow pedestrian-friendly streets and giant shady oak trees.

Large oak trees provide plenty of shade over the shops along Brevard Avenue.
Large oak trees provide plenty of shade over the shops along Brevard Avenue.

Cocoa was originally founded by fishermen on the banks of the Indian River. The fishermen are long gone, but a great deal of the early twentieth-century architecture remains. Today, Cocoa Village's most famous industry is its art galleries. Other businesses include retail such as antiques, home decor, gift shops, and other boutiques. But you won't find a single chain store here. Also, several excellent restaurants are in the area and they range from the casual to the pricier fine dining.

Cocoa Village's Main Street is Brevard Avenue with numerous shops, antique stores and restaurants located on side streets, including Oleander Street, Harrison Street, and Stone Street. There are lots of signs throughout the Village pointing the way to various shopping, eateries, and attractions. There are also several shops and restaurants located on State Route 520 westbound near Brevard Avenue including a coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch, a salon and day spa, and a Brazilian Churrascaria. As you head further south on Brevard Avenue, away from Route 520, you'll find The Florida Historical Society and Library, the Spacecoast Department of Tourism, and two banks. But don't turn around yet; there are several more shops south of this area including Murdock's Southern Bistro, hair and nail salons, and The Magic Dove Magic Shop. Just follow the signs.

Boutiques occupy the many historic buildings in Cocoa Village.
Boutiques occupy the many historic buildings in Cocoa Village.

Cocoa Village is a quaint little town with numerous unique shops and restaurants in a small-town atmosphere. The individual store owners set their own hours, but most of the stores are open seven days a week until 5 p.m. and later when there are events going on in the Village. The restaurants and clubs are open much later and provide live music for weekend nightlife. Also, The Cocoa Village Playhouse provides top-notch performances of Broadway quality that should not be missed if you're in the area during one of their productions.

Retail Hours

Most stores are open until 5:00 p.m. every day.

Parking

Plenty of free parking is available on street and in several small lots around town.

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Restrooms

Restrooms are located on Oleander Street next to the Village Beach House (15 Oleander Street) and in Riverfront Park near the playground. Just follow the signs.

Attractions

Colorful shops line the narrow and windy Harrison Street.
Colorful shops line the narrow and windy Harrison Street.

The Cocoa Village Playhouse (300 Brevard Avenue, 321-636-5050) features Broadway-quality theater, dance productions, and live music. A schedule of productions is available on their web site.

Riverfront Park is just two blocks east of Brevard Avenue and sits beside the Indian River. It includes a playground, kid's splash fountain, amphitheater, the Cocoa Civic Center, and the historic Porcher House. There are special concerts and events throughout the year, including the July 4th celebration with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, BBQ & Blues Festival, and the Cocoa Village Chili Cook Off to name a few.

Events

There are four Art & Craft Fairs each year in the streets of Cocoa Village. The Spring Fine Art & Craft Fair is the first weekend in March; the Summer Art & Craft Fair and Sportsman's Show is the second weekend in May; the Fall Art & Craft Festival is the third weekend in October, and the Art & Craft Holiday Bazaar is the first weekend in December. Each has a beer garden and live music throughout the event.

The Village also hosts the Spring Central Florida Car Show the third Saturday in April, and another one in the Fall on the third Saturday in September.

The annual BBQ & Blues event is held in Riverfront Park on the first weekend of June and features competitions and prizes for the best BBQ. The weekend also includes Blues in the amphitheater with renowned blues artists from across Florida and the U.S.

The Village also provides four Sip & Stroll events each year. For a nominal fee, shoppers receive a Cocoa Village shopping bag, a Cocoa Village commemorative wine glass and a map to the merchants who are participating. Each merchant provides a selection of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and special deals throughout their store; many non-participating merchants remain open during this event. Please see the Visit Cocoa Village for dates, times and prices for Sip & Stroll.

Every year the city throws a Cocoa Village Mardi Gras festival.

Location

Cocoa Village is located in the City of Cocoa in Brevard County along Florida's Space Coast region.

Cocoa Village is about 50 miles east of Orlando, Florida.

From I-95, take exit 201 for Florida State Route 520 East toward Cocoa Beach. Continue heading east for about four and a half miles. Turn right at Brevard Avenue.

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Accessories & Apparel

Frankly My Dear (404 Brevard Avenue, Suite A, 321-631-3327)
Flip Flop Shoppe 'N More (402 Brevard Avenue, Suite F, 321-636-1627)
Green Apples Boutique (111 Harrison Street, 321-635-8728)
Mangos (319 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-3292)
Rare Essentials (415 Brevard Avenue, 321-633-6211)
Season Tickets (301 Brevard Avenue, 321-690-1919)

Antiques

Antiques Emporium of Brevard and Specialty Shops (625 Florida Avenue, 321-631-8377)
Antiques & Collectibles Too (115 Harrison Street, 321-632-9924)
Past Gas Co. Antiques (308 Willard Street, 321-636-0449)
Stone Street Antiques (17 Stone Street, 321-631-4959)

Apparel

Frankly My Dear (404 Brevard Avenue, Suite A, 321-631-3327)
Green Apples Boutique (111 Harrison Street, 321-635-8728)
Mangos (319 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-3292)
Rare Essentials (415 Brevard Avenue, 321-633-6211)
Season Tickets (301 Brevard Avenue, 321-690-1919)

Arts and Crafts

Knit and Stitch (15 Stone Street, 321-632-4579)

Bed and Breakfasts

Parrish Grove Inn (536 Delannoy Avenue, 321-505-0404)

Books

Book Xchg (604 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-5624)
Christian Science Reading Room (421 Brevard Avenue, 321-636-8110)

Coffee and Dessert

Oleander Bakery Cookie Factory (10 Oleander Street, 321-504-4301)
Ossorio (316 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-2423)
Village Ice Cream And Sandwich Shop (120 Harrison Street, 321-632-2311)

Dining

Black Tulip Restaurant And Catering (207 Brevard Avenue, 321-631-1133)
Brasas Grill (109 Brevard Avenue, 321-638-1338)
Cafe Margaux (220 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-8343)
Muddie's Down Home Cookin' (630 Brevard Avenue, 321-735-8864)
Murdock's Bistro and Char Bar (600 Brevard Avenue, 321-633-0600)
Norman's Raw Bar And Grill (3 Forrest Avenue, 321-433-0872)
Ossorio (316 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-2423)
Ryan's Village Pizza And Pub (405 Delannoy Avenue, 321-634-5555)
Sublime Restaurant & Sangria Lounge (114 Harrison Street, 321-632-2700)
Ulysses' Prime Steakhouse (234 Brevard Avenue, 321-639-3922)
Village Ice Cream And Sandwich Shop (120 Harrison Street, 321-632-2311)

Footwear

Flip Flop Shoppe 'N More (402 Brevard Avenue, Suite F, 321-636-1627)

Galleries

Kurt Zimmerman Folk And Visionary Art (120 Harrison Street, Suite 12, 321-633-6514)
Sand & Sea Gifts & Gallery (304 Brevard Avenue, 321-632-2745)

Gift Shops

Handwerk Haus Gifts (401 Brevard Avenue, 321-631-6367)
Magic Dove Magic Shop (639 Brevard Avenue, 321-433-1130)
Miss Bailey's Curiosity Shoppe (404 Brevard Avenue, Suite D, 321-636-1005)
The Pear Tree (310 Brevard Avenue, Suite A, 321-632-5432)
Sand And Sea Gifts And Gallery (304 Brevard Avenue, 321-632-2745)
Space Coast Crafters (410 Brevard Avenue, 321-632-6553)
Sundancer Gallery (6 Florida Avenue, 321-631-0092)
Ventana al Mundo (402 Brevard Avenue, Suite F, 321-633-5151) What You Love To Do (602 Brevard Avenue, 321-504-0304)

Gourmet

From Olives And Grapes (12 Oleander Street, 321-205-1740)

Health and Beauty

The Bath Cottage (425 Brevard Avenue, 321-690-2284)
Peanut's Hair Attraction (319 Riveredge Boulevard, Suite 102, 321-631-8230)

Home Furnishings

Candles By G (402 Brevard Avenue, Suite D, 321-638-4131)
Jan's You Frame-It (23 Stone Street, 321-631-0454)
Something Different (121 Harrison Street, 321-633-0113)
Sundancer Gallery (6 Florida Avenue, 321-631-0092)

Jewelry

Coco's (405 Brevard Avenue, 321-433-0403)
Contemporary Concepts (216 Brevard Avenue, 321-632-9505)
Gold Coast Jewelry and Pawn (91 Forrest Avenue, 321-636-4554)
Jon's Fine Jewelry (215 Brevard Avenue, 321-631-0270)
Purple Stone (315 Brevard Avenue, 321-446-3697)

Massage

What You Love To Do (602 Brevard Avenue, 321-504-0304)

Music

Caroline's House Of Records (402 Brevard Avenue, 321-633-4600)

New Age

What You Love To Do (602 Brevard Avenue, 321-504-0304)

Taverns and Clubs

The Dog 'N' Bone British Pub (9 Stone Street, 321-636-2828)
The Ultra Lounge (407 Brevard Avenue, 321-690-0096)

Toys and Games

Annie's Toy Chest (405 Brevard Avenue, 321-632-5890)
The Toybox (419 Brevard Avenue, 321-632-2411)

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