Bookstores in Miami, FL
Books & Books is the first bookstore that comes to mind when thinking of independent bookstores in Miami. Founded in 1982 by Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books has three locations in Miami but our favorite is in a 9,000-square-feet, 1920s historic building in Coral Gables that has a beautiful courtyard for al fresco reading and a full-service café. The Coral Gables location is also home to most of the bookstore’s author readings, which have featured hundreds of writers from first-time authors to well-known figures in the literary world such as Kurt Vonnegut and Frank McCourt. Books & Books also holds poetry readings, live music and cultural events throughout the year.
This charming independent bookstore in the heart of Coconut Grove is small but it has a good selection of books, gifts and plenty of events for the community. Author readings, monthly open mic nights for writers and story times for kids are just some of the activities held here every month. Bookworms may want to consider joining the book club to discuss their favorite reads and earn special discounts. The bookstore also has a café that serves vegan cupcakes, empanadas, pastries and coffee. It also has free Wi-Fi for those who want to do a little work.
The German publisher of coffee table and art books opened its fourth U.S. store in Miami in 2010. Located on Lincoln Road in a modern, well-lighted space created by French designer Philippe Starck, this upscale bookstore is a good place to kill time looking at the company’s unique collection of books on art, photography, travel, pop art and sex. Limited edition tomes with impressive photographs carry hefty price tags but don't let that stop you from going inside; there are books of all prices. The store also has special events including art exhibits, book launches and warehouse sales during which customers can enjoy steep discounts on most of the store's inventory.
In Miami, Spanish is spoken on every corner so it's natural to find Spanish-language bookstores in many areas of the city. While most stock religious, esoteric and Cuban literature, Revistas y Periódicos specializes in Colombian literature and books. What started as a magazine and news stand, explaining the store's name which literally means mangazines and newspapers, the Colombian-owned book shop now carries more than 20,000 books including a good selection of Spanish literature and books by Cuban authors as well as books on health, nutrition, psychology and politics. It also continues to sell magazines and newspapers from most every Spanish-speaking country around the world.
Founded by Jan Mapou in 1986, this colorful bookstore in Miami's Little Haiti is dedicated to preserving Haitian culture. It stocks books in Creole, English and French and sells art, souvenirs and newspapers from Port Au Prince and Paris. The store is also home to Haitian cultural events ranging from dance performances to poetry readings and folkloric art exhibits, as well as theater and dance classes. Those looking to learn more about Haitian culture are sure to find something here, be it in books or in tales told by the shop's owner and customers.