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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. 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.

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 and about 150 miles south of Jacksonville, Florida. 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. Other nearby Main Streets include New Smyrna Beach to the north and Melbourne and Stuart to the south.

Photo Gallery Tour

We'll start our tour of Cocoa Village on the northern end of town and work our way south.  Brevard Avenue is the area's Main Street and runs north and south.  Here we are at the intersection of Brevard Avenue and State Road 520, which is a major east-west highway that runs from Orlando out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Here we see condos overlooking the Indian River.
We'll start our tour of Cocoa Village on the northern end of town and work our way south. Brevard Avenue is the area's Main Street and runs north and south. Here we are at the intersection of Brevard Avenue and State Road 520, which is a major east-west highway that runs from Orlando out to the Atlantic Ocean. Here we see condos overlooking the Indian River.
These are some of the shops on Brevard Avenue between Willard Street and King Street.  Willard Street heads one way west bound and King Street heads one way east bound but they both make up State Road 520, which is a major highway.  Although there are some shops and restaurants in this part of Cocoa Village, be careful crossing King Street.
These are some of the shops on Brevard Avenue between Willard Street and King Street. Willard Street heads one way west bound and King Street heads one way east bound but they both make up State Road 520, which is a major highway. Although there are some shops and restaurants in this part of Cocoa Village, be careful crossing King Street.
Here is a view of King Street, which is also known as Florida State Road 520.  You can see there are shops and businesses on either side of the road.
Here is a view of King Street, which is also known as Florida State Road 520. You can see there are shops and businesses on either side of the road.
This is a closeup view of some of the eateries and other businesses along King Street in Cocoa Village.
This is a closeup view of some of the eateries and other businesses along King Street in Cocoa Village.
Here is a restaurant and lounge on the corner of Brevard Avenue and King Street in Cocoa Village.  Cocoa Village is the nickname that has developed overtime for the downtown area of Cocoa, Florida.
Here is a restaurant and lounge on the corner of Brevard Avenue and King Street in Cocoa Village. Cocoa Village is the nickname that has developed overtime for the downtown area of Cocoa, Florida.
We now begin to walk south down Brevard Avenue and into Cocoa Village.  This area has, well, more of a village atmosphere.  Here we see a boutique selling colorful dresses.
We now begin to walk south down Brevard Avenue and into Cocoa Village. This area has, well, more of a village atmosphere. Here we see a boutique selling colorful dresses.
This is the Belaire Courtyard, a multi-story center with an outdoor plaza.  The sign shows the variety of shops, restaurants, and other businesses at this complex.
This is the Belaire Courtyard, a multi-story center with an outdoor plaza. The sign shows the variety of shops, restaurants, and other businesses at this complex.
Next, we have the Cocoa Village Play House.  It was first built as the Aladdin Theatre in 1924 and operated as a movie theater.  Today, it is a not for profit playhouse.
Next, we have the Cocoa Village Play House. It was first built as the Aladdin Theatre in 1924 and operated as a movie theater. Today, it is a not for profit playhouse.
Along the sidewalk we see various directional signs pointing to various shops and other services throughout Cocoa Village.
Along the sidewalk we see various directional signs pointing to various shops and other services throughout Cocoa Village.
We get to the corner of Brevard Avenue and Oleander Street where we find more shops, including a jewelry store and a boutique.  We also see some benches and a mural on a side wall.
We get to the corner of Brevard Avenue and Oleander Street where we find more shops, including a jewelry store and a boutique. We also see some benches and a mural on a side wall.
If we take a slight detour off Brevard Avenue and head down Oleander Street we find some more shops, including a gourmet shop and a bakery.
If we take a slight detour off Brevard Avenue and head down Oleander Street we find some more shops, including a gourmet shop and a bakery.
Across the street, on Oleander is this beach-themed shop.  It's hard to miss the sign warning you that there is a three hour parking limit on these spaces.  By the way, if you're looking for a restroom, there are public facilities next door to this shop.  You can almost see them on the right of this picture.
Across the street, on Oleander is this beach-themed shop. It's hard to miss the sign warning you that there is a three hour parking limit on these spaces. By the way, if you're looking for a restroom, there are public facilities next door to this shop. You can almost see them on the right of this picture.
We head back to Brevard Avenue.  Here we see another view of the corner of Oleander and Brevard.  The lush tree cover helps give Cocoa Village its village moniker.
We head back to Brevard Avenue. Here we see another view of the corner of Oleander and Brevard. The lush tree cover helps give Cocoa Village its village moniker.
Across the street is an interesting Spanish style building with stucco features.  We also see more colorful directional signs that point folks to various shops and other services throughout the area.
Across the street is an interesting Spanish style building with stucco features. We also see more colorful directional signs that point folks to various shops and other services throughout the area.
Now we'll head down Harrison Street, which although a quaint side street, also has plenty of shops, restaurants, and history of its own.  Check out that curving tree in the foreground to the left.
Now we'll head down Harrison Street, which although a quaint side street, also has plenty of shops, restaurants, and history of its own. Check out that curving tree in the foreground to the left.
Brightly colored storefronts make up the narrow Harrison Street.  These narrow, winding streets give Cocoa Village that "village" feel.
Brightly colored storefronts make up the narrow Harrison Street. These narrow, winding streets give Cocoa Village that "village" feel.
Across the street on Harrison is the Second Brevard County Bank Building, built in the early 1900s.  Since the bank has been closed, the building has been occupied by various restaurants.  In fact, at the time this picture was taken a new restaurant was just getting ready to open here.
Across the street on Harrison is the Second Brevard County Bank Building, built in the early 1900s. Since the bank has been closed, the building has been occupied by various restaurants. In fact, at the time this picture was taken a new restaurant was just getting ready to open here.
The bright orange building on the left is the Brevard County State Building.  The building was completed in 1893 and the bank, which was the third state-chartered bank in Florida, lasted until the 1930s.  Since then the building has been occupied by various shops, restaurants, and clubs.
The bright orange building on the left is the Brevard County State Building. The building was completed in 1893 and the bank, which was the third state-chartered bank in Florida, lasted until the 1930s. Since then the building has been occupied by various shops, restaurants, and clubs.
At the end of Harrison Street, we come to Delannoy Avenue where we find still more shops and businesses.
At the end of Harrison Street, we come to Delannoy Avenue where we find still more shops and businesses.
This is known as the Hindle Building.  Built in 1907, it was named after its original business Hindle Ice Cream Parlor.  After that closed, a pharmacy moved in and operated until the 1960s.  After that several restaurants have since operated in this location.
This is known as the Hindle Building. Built in 1907, it was named after its original business Hindle Ice Cream Parlor. After that closed, a pharmacy moved in and operated until the 1960s. After that several restaurants have since operated in this location.
If we continue down Harrison Street and towards the waterfront, we pass by this shopping center with shops and even an eatery with outdoor seating on the rooftop.
If we continue down Harrison Street and towards the waterfront, we pass by this shopping center with shops and even an eatery with outdoor seating on the rooftop.
This is Taylor Park and as the sign states was founded in 1920.  It is connected to Riverfront Park, which gives the public direct access to the Indian River.
This is Taylor Park and as the sign states was founded in 1920. It is connected to Riverfront Park, which gives the public direct access to the Indian River.
And if we go down a bit further, this is the boardwalk on the Indian River, one of the amenities at the Riverfront Park.  In the distance are some condominium towers in Cocoa Village.
And if we go down a bit further, this is the boardwalk on the Indian River, one of the amenities at the Riverfront Park. In the distance are some condominium towers in Cocoa Village.
Here is another view of the Indian River looking out from Riverfront Park.  We see some boats off in the distance along with a bridge carrying traffic over to Merritt Island.  Past Merritt Island is Cocoa Beach, not to be confused with the City of Cocoa.
Here is another view of the Indian River looking out from Riverfront Park. We see some boats off in the distance along with a bridge carrying traffic over to Merritt Island. Past Merritt Island is Cocoa Beach, not to be confused with the City of Cocoa.
We head back up to Brevard Avenue.  The large brick building is the Masonic Temple Building, also known as the Village Tower.  The building began construction in 1919.  It was home to the Masons, and at one time housed the Bank of Cocoa and the U.S. Post Office.  To the left is Myrt Tharpe Square.
We head back up to Brevard Avenue. The large brick building is the Masonic Temple Building, also known as the Village Tower. The building began construction in 1919. It was home to the Masons, and at one time housed the Bank of Cocoa and the U.S. Post Office. To the left is Myrt Tharpe Square.
If we head down into Myrt Tharpe Square we can visit some more shops and restaurants along the Square.  It's interesting to see how this electrical box has been decorated.  Various events are held in the square, including a farmers market.
If we head down into Myrt Tharpe Square we can visit some more shops and restaurants along the Square. It's interesting to see how this electrical box has been decorated. Various events are held in the square, including a farmers market.
There are also some clubs and taverns in Cocoa Village, including these with a British theme located here near Myrt Tharpe Square where it meets Stone Street.
There are also some clubs and taverns in Cocoa Village, including these with a British theme located here near Myrt Tharpe Square where it meets Stone Street.
If you head out a little further west past the square, you come out on Stone Street where you'll find some more shops and business including these.
If you head out a little further west past the square, you come out on Stone Street where you'll find some more shops and business including these.
And if we head all the way west out to Florida Avenue, we come across a few more businesses, such as this restaurant here on the corner of Florida Avenue and Stone Street.
And if we head all the way west out to Florida Avenue, we come across a few more businesses, such as this restaurant here on the corner of Florida Avenue and Stone Street.
Next door, just south on Florida Avenue, is this building featuring some home decor shopping with plenty of merchandise out on display on the sidewalk as well.
Next door, just south on Florida Avenue, is this building featuring some home decor shopping with plenty of merchandise out on display on the sidewalk as well.
We head back to Brevard Avenue and the heart of Cocoa Village we find shops with a tropical theme.  There are also some signs pointing the way to more shops further south on Brevard Avenue and towards some of the shops out on Stone Street where we were a few minutes earlier.
We head back to Brevard Avenue and the heart of Cocoa Village we find shops with a tropical theme. There are also some signs pointing the way to more shops further south on Brevard Avenue and towards some of the shops out on Stone Street where we were a few minutes earlier.
This historic building on the corner of Harrison Street and Brevard Avenue now contains an ice cream and sandwich shop.
This historic building on the corner of Harrison Street and Brevard Avenue now contains an ice cream and sandwich shop.
We continue heading south along Brevard Avenue, where we find Threadneedle Street Mall, an indoor mall, containing various shops and services.
We continue heading south along Brevard Avenue, where we find Threadneedle Street Mall, an indoor mall, containing various shops and services.
This is an interior view of Theadneedle Street Mall on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village.
This is an interior view of Theadneedle Street Mall on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village.
Next door is Sibby's Gifts & Spices, featuring a collection of over 130 spices, spice blends, dry rubs, and gourmet seasonings.  They also carry other gourmet items and kitchen accessories.
Next door is Sibby's Gifts & Spices, featuring a collection of over 130 spices, spice blends, dry rubs, and gourmet seasonings. They also carry other gourmet items and kitchen accessories.
This is a view heading south on Brevard Avenue.  Large oaks spread over the shops giving Cocoa Village that village feel.
This is a view heading south on Brevard Avenue. Large oaks spread over the shops giving Cocoa Village that village feel.
Looking back at the way we came along Brevard Avenue we also see buildings with a Spanish influence and some palm trees.  It's easy to remember we're still in Florida while strolling through Cocoa Village.
Looking back at the way we came along Brevard Avenue we also see buildings with a Spanish influence and some palm trees. It's easy to remember we're still in Florida while strolling through Cocoa Village.
Shops and other services on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village.  As you may have noticed by now, all of Cocoa Village's shops and eateries are unique with no national chains.
Shops and other services on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. As you may have noticed by now, all of Cocoa Village's shops and eateries are unique with no national chains.
Shoppers check out various stores on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village.  The Treasure Hunters Mall features 19 vendors on two floors selling various merchandise.
Shoppers check out various stores on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. The Treasure Hunters Mall features 19 vendors on two floors selling various merchandise.
We continue our stroll past shops, selling various gifts in Cocoa Village.  This is the last of the first set of shops we'll see.  There are more up ahead though.
We continue our stroll past shops, selling various gifts in Cocoa Village. This is the last of the first set of shops we'll see. There are more up ahead though.
So we take a short break from the window shopping.  Here we see the Cocoa City Hall
So we take a short break from the window shopping. Here we see the Cocoa City Hall
Across the street we have the Space Coast Welcome Center.  Brevard County, where the City of Cocoa is located, is also known as the Space Coast due to the presence of the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral.  Notice the murals on the walls depicting scenes from Cocoa's past.
Across the street we have the Space Coast Welcome Center. Brevard County, where the City of Cocoa is located, is also known as the Space Coast due to the presence of the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral. Notice the murals on the walls depicting scenes from Cocoa's past.
At the corner of Brevard Avenue and Orange Street is this bank.  Okay, not very exciting in regards to our photo gallery, but if you look carefully at the sign in the foreground, there are more shops and restaurants just up ahead.
At the corner of Brevard Avenue and Orange Street is this bank. Okay, not very exciting in regards to our photo gallery, but if you look carefully at the sign in the foreground, there are more shops and restaurants just up ahead.
Here's one abandoned building we'll walk past, but it looks like it has great potential.  At the time I was here it was available, but before long, something will be occupying it.  The point of showing you these photos is to let you know that we only have to walk about a block past these buildings to get to the shopping and dining in the South Cocoa Village area.
Here's one abandoned building we'll walk past, but it looks like it has great potential. At the time I was here it was available, but before long, something will be occupying it. The point of showing you these photos is to let you know that we only have to walk about a block past these buildings to get to the shopping and dining in the South Cocoa Village area.
Now we're back to some shopping again.  Check out this large toy store in this old historic house in Cocoa Village.  From here on, this area is referred to as the South Cocoa Village area.
Now we're back to some shopping again. Check out this large toy store in this old historic house in Cocoa Village. From here on, this area is referred to as the South Cocoa Village area.
Next door as we continue heading south is a restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating along Brevard Avenue.
Next door as we continue heading south is a restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating along Brevard Avenue.
On the corner of Brevard Avenue and Maryland Avenue is this building that contains a salon and a metaphysical center.
On the corner of Brevard Avenue and Maryland Avenue is this building that contains a salon and a metaphysical center.
On this side of Cocoa Village the shopping and businesses become a bit less dense but there are unique places worth checking out.  For example, there's this Magic Shop on Brevard Avenue.
On this side of Cocoa Village the shopping and businesses become a bit less dense but there are unique places worth checking out. For example, there's this Magic Shop on Brevard Avenue.
And if we continue down a bit further we see this building with some interesting architectural features.  A restaurant occupies the first floor.
And if we continue down a bit further we see this building with some interesting architectural features. A restaurant occupies the first floor.
More shops and services can be found is this unassuming strip shopping center across the street on the south side of Brevard Avenue.
More shops and services can be found is this unassuming strip shopping center across the street on the south side of Brevard Avenue.
We're almost done with our tour but there's still one last unique gift shop on the farthest reaches of the south side of Cocoa Village along Brevard Avenue.
We're almost done with our tour but there's still one last unique gift shop on the farthest reaches of the south side of Cocoa Village along Brevard Avenue.
And at last one final stop on our tour before turning around.  This is the Historic Derby Street Chapel.  Originally dedicated in 1924 for the Seventh Day Adventist Church, it was to be demolished before being saved and rehabilitated.  It is now preserved as a facility for the community to use.
And at last one final stop on our tour before turning around. This is the Historic Derby Street Chapel. Originally dedicated in 1924 for the Seventh Day Adventist Church, it was to be demolished before being saved and rehabilitated. It is now preserved as a facility for the community to use.

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