Set in the agricultural district of South Dade’s Goulds neighborhood, is an enchanting 10-acre village home to shops and restaurants that feels like you’re stepping back in time. It’s nestled among lush gardens and framed by picturesque trails, fountains and an eclectic mix of buildings that were crafted during the turn of the century.
Dating back to the early 1900s, Cauley Square is, without a doubt, still the most charming to date. Not one, but TWO hurricanes knocked it down. Yet the shops rose with their historic character once again.
Once you step foot in the village, you’ll be transported to a different world. Wander the pathways and marvel at the cottage-style abodes, art galleries, antique shops and more.
Make a stop at the two-story aviary, the oldest and largest bird store in the state, and fall in love with a feathered friend.
At the heart of it all is the elegantly decorated Tea Room, which was opened in 1979. Hidden behind an antique shop with six rooms, it’s filled with delicate china, crystal and lace.
Continue walking through the lush courtyards with vivid flowers in every corner and explore their beauty salon, independent book store, photography studio, crystal boutique, aromatherapy shop, restaurants and more.
Apart from the breathtaking natural scenery, the space boasts a rich history. Much of Cauley Square’s Old Florida architecture and village can be attributed to Henry Flagler when he built his East Coast Railway, which journeyed to Key West. At the time, William Cauley owned 10 acres of land along the railroad where he set about building a two-story warehouse and office for shipping products.
Wooden homes, saloons and other businesses soon filled the village as workers building the railroad needed a place to live, eat and relax. But in 1926, a powerful hurricane destroyed Flagler’s railroad and Cauley Square. Preservationist Mary Anna Ballard moved to the area 20 years later and purchased the land in order to restore it to its former glory.
The village would once again be damaged during another devastating hurricane in 1992. The Cauley Square you see today would come to be because of Frances Varela in 2001, who purchased it and spend a decade beautifying and restoring it.
Cauley Square is not only the perfect place to spend your day — It’s also a great location to celebrate a special occasion or a wedding, whether you’re looking for a large reception or an intimate setting in their gardens.
LOCATION: 22400 Old Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33170