When you think of Miami, you imagine South Beach's art deco architecture and the white buildings around Design District. There is a neighborhood in Miami like no other located in Coral Gables. The French Normandy Village is the most picturesque place in Miami with European vibes.
This hidden neighborhood looks like a fairytale and it was built with the purpose to attract more northerners. The village was completed in 1926 and it imitates 15th-century French villages. These villages have served its purpose through the decades. It used to be dorms for University of Miami students and a living facility for camp soldiers during WW2.
George Merrick was the man behind this idea and he also built 7 other villages that represented other cultures such as the Dutch South African Village and Italian Village.
If you have driven around Coral Gables you have probably noticed the Mediterranean style of the streets and houses. This place can serve as a cute location to do a photo shoot and give your Instagram feed a new look.
The French Normandy Village is now home to many people and locals in that area. The area is very peaceful and you definitely feel like you just arrived in a little town in Northern France.
If you want to locate the village and do an outdoor tour of the location you need to put in the GPS 400 Alesio Avenue. The village is located in SW 42nd Avenue between Viscaya Avenue and Alesio Avenue.