They say print is dead, but it’s still going strong at Miami favorite Books & Books. The beloved Miami-based chain of bookstores has created a havens for literature aficionados in Miami’s best zip codes. They have stores in Coral Gables on Miracle Mile, Lincoln Road Mall on South Beach, the Bal Harbour Shops, and even Miami International Airport. The secret of their success (aside from the lack of competition) is the casual-chic ambiance that has made the store an ideal spot for high-quality reads and, in some cases, dining. Enticing shoppers with not just a beautiful place to browse for books, but also a long calendar of author events and readings as well as full-service restaurant called The Café at Books & Books.
With dark wooden bookshelves that evoke old-school libraries, the Coral Gables’ location offers readers a variety of literature classics, popular best-sellers and staple coffee table books. It also harbors a rather popular kids room, who despite growing up with multiple screens, still love books. In addition, the bookstore is also integrated with The Café in a relaxing courtyard setting with perfectly prepared dishes and drinks, giving shoppers the option to dine and read their favorite novel or a newly printed newspaper from outdoor magazine stand.
Everyday from 9 am to 11 pm, The Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a selection of artisanal sandwiches, Middle Eastern lunch selections and freshly made salads. Catering to those with a sweet tooth, The Café also offers multiple selections of desserts from tarts to vegan cupcakes.
The second location of Books & Books is located at the lively Lincoln Road Mall, tucked away through a long corridor those in the know might not be able to find. This location offers readers a cozy setting in a warren of rooms divided up by category. One of the best features is a room devoted entirely to Assouline books as well as a wall where employees give their top picks meaning you don’t have to join a book club to find a good read.
Nestled inside the luxurious Bal Harbour Shops, in an open and airy setting, Books & Books is the perfect stop after a day spent shopping for shoppers to relax and wind down while cleansing their minds with words.
Books & Books and The Café together have become one of the top bookstore destinations in Miami, providing their customers with variety of publications and delicious meals. Proving one can never go wrong with the perfect blend of reading, drinking and dining.