Every time I visit home I have certain places I love to go to. One of my favorites is Cocoa Village. It’s a small historic part of town where the buildings are all 100+ years old and still standing strong. The village is quaint, only spanning a block or two. But the scenery is warm and welcoming.
We meander past the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse which opened in 1924. When it first opened it was a silent movie theatre but today it’s home to local performances of your favorite musicals. My first year of dance I performed on that very stage. I remember how nervous I was but how exciting it was to be backstage in this theater.
We walk past antique shops, ice cream parlors and local restaurants all vibrant in color. When the weather is cool, Ossorio’s will open all the doors around their restaurant and let the fresh air in while you enjoy a fresh flatbread or a salad. A group of cyclists sits outside the restaurant enjoying an early lunch post ride.
The courtyard of the village is covered with trees for shading. Even though it’s been hot lately there was a light breeze making our lunchtime walk enjoyable. The building to the right was my old dance studio growing up. I spent a lot of long nights and weekends at the studio and would find myself looking out the window of the 3rd story building. The view was incredible. You could see the river and all the shops in the village.
Cocoa Village has a lot of unique architecture and design elements. In college, I would bring my photo subjects here and put them against the unique backgrounds throughout. I just had to pose in front of this red gate which leads to one of my favorite record stores back home. Note that I am NOT a fashion blogger and it is clearly evident in my outfit choice here!
We were on a mission to find lunch and I was dying to try a new vegan place, Paisley Vegan Kitchen. They opened their doors in March of this year in a quaint little space making for an intimate dining experience.
I ordered the veggie on ciabatta bread. It had fresh vegetables like spring mix lettuce, tomato, avocado slices, sprouts and hummus spread. I paired this with a fresh avocado slaw which was delicious!
My mom opted for the Cesar salad with their house made dressing. Since their food is vegan the dressing has no dairy in it.
My brother ordered the hummus and pita chips. Their hummus was creamy and delicious.
Overall the food at Paisley Vegan Kitchen was fresh and well-flavored. Since it was a Sunday afternoon the place wasn’t busy at all which was nice. If you ever find yourself in Cocoa Beach take the bridge over to Cocoa Village. Walk through the shops and grab a bite at Paisley Vegan Kitchen. If the weather is nice head over to Riverfront park and enjoy the views of the river.
For more information about Paisley Vegan Kitchen check out their website here.