Historic Cocoa Village

Where along the Space Coast can you get an old-style shave and barber cut, relax with a full-body aromatherapy relaxation massage, delight in wood-fired gourmet pizza or award-winning culinary delights from the Brazilian, French, Thai, Italian and good ol’  American traditions, go to a production at a historic Playhouse, listen to a weekly open-air live jazz concert for FREE, indulge in a fabulous dinner-show,  buy hand-crafted-in-front–of-you gifts, get your insurance, and do your banking all within a 2 block radius…???!

Scratching your head…? Historic Cocoa Village is the answer. Whether you are looking for a delightful lunch in a romantic courtyard or a relaxing (or bracing…) walk along the Indian River; want to take in some culture, art and history, or just prefer a more traditional shopping experience; looking for an old-style cigar or just to buy the grandkids some good ‘the-way-they’re-supposed-to-be’ toys – a delightful choice of shoppes, craft studios, galleries, restaurants, historical buildings, museum and wonderfully varied calendar of events and activities awaits you at Historic Cocoa Village.

Just east of the junction of US 1 and SR 520,  Historic Cocoa Village is well worth a visit. More than 50 unique shops, galleries, antique malls and restaurants line the charming, historic village streets, which are anchored by the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse on Brevard Ave and beautifully restored Porcher House to the south on Delannoy Ave. Historic Cocoa Village is also home to many professional services from accounting and taxation services to storage units, banking and real estate.

The range of things you can see, buy and do in Historic Cocoa Village is staggering. Hand crafted glass and ceramics are available in many stores including ‘The Pear Tree’ and ‘Horsefeathers’; Parrot head Island fun can be found at ‘Sand & Sea Gifts and Gallery’; Celtic designs at the Irish shop; exquisite tableware and interior design from ’ Something Different’, ‘Pacita’s’, ’Village Home’, and ‘Rendez-vous’; consignment wear from ‘Champagne Taste’.  Fused glass and mosaic creations; vintage clothing alongside with more contemporary, designer offerings; brick-a- brac, gourmet food –  dark chocolate balsamic vinegar bottled right in front of you is just one of many gourmet kitchen ingredients on offer in the Village…! – Collectables; antiques and silverware; precious stones and hand-made jewelry, paintings, sculpture and designs by local artists with actual studios and workshops in the Village.

Have a taste for something different…? Take a wander around the Village and choose from one of the vibrant restaurants and eateries along the historic streets – anything from European style haute-cuisine at Café Margaux to Brazilian steak-style at Brasas, Sushi at Thai Thai or pizza from Ryan’s Pizza, Gator tail at Norman’s Raw Bar & Grill  to more traditional Italian fare at Cara Mia. Why not get a coffee and just-baked Swedish pastry at Oleander Bakery or dare the wonderfully, refreshing blackberry iced tea at Ossorios’s…?

The Upcoming Events Calendar in Historic Cocoa Village is something to keep an eye on throughout the year – some of the regular events in the Village are the well-regarded Art & Crafts Shows which take place four times a year in the Village (the next one is the weekend of 6-7th March) featuring live music, street entertainment and of course, the work of hundreds of talented artists and crafters; various musical and dramatic productions at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse; a fantastic variety of  dinner shows at Café Unique’s Ballroom on Florida Ave; The Space Coast Mardi Gras 25-28th February with VIP Masquerade Ball; The Chili Cook off and Taster on April 10th; Memorial Day Celebrations; Fourth of July Celebration; Gallery Walk; ‘Taste of the Village’; Classic Car Shows and much more.

Every Wednesday there is a green Farmer’s market in the centre of the Village with the acclaimed ‘Brown Bag lunch and Jazz’ live concert outside in the Gazebo along Brevard Avenue each Friday. Why not visit the historic Porcher House on Delannoy Ave on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for the wonderfully nostalgic’Florida Tea’ event….?

For more details on what Historic Cocoa Village has to offer please call Catherine at 321 631 9075 or e-mail her at cocoavillage@bellsouth.net to sign up for special events, tour and offer details. Events are updated regularly on the Village Facebook page www.facebook/historiccocoavillage and on the web www.cocoavillage.com

Any travel clubs or community groups who wish to plan a visit to Historic Cocoa Village should call Catherine to avail of all the Village has to offer.

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