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Books & Books, Coral Gables

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Books & Books, Coral Gables was founded by Mitchell Kaplan in 1982. Since that time, the store has become one of the most well-respected independent bookstores in the country. It's a local landmark and an inspiring gathering place for writers as well as readers. The philosophy at Books & Books has remained constant throughout the years: it's about neighbors, books, history, quality, tradition and creativity.

Books & Books is currently located in an exquisite 1927 building listed in the Coral Gables Register of Historic Places. The 9,000 square foot, Mediterranean-style building has original tile floors, a fireplace, beamed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling dark-wood bookshelves, and open-air courtyard and a full-service cafe. Our breezeway holds a newsstand with a wide selection of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Books & Books hosts reading groups, poetry groups, free workshops and lectures, and partners with many cultural, educational and charitable organizations to present special events at any of its 6 main locations.
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  • We went to the store after seeing the nice reviews online. However the experience was not very nice mainly thanks to a unfriendly and rude cashier there. She showed no respect to her customers, not.....  more
    We went to the store after seeing the nice reviews online. However the experience was not very nice mainly thanks to a unfriendly and rude cashier there. She showed no respect to her customers, not.....  more »
  • I wondered about this Cafe, but my kids love it, and have been several times. So today, off we went to dine and explore. The bookstore has a great variety of subjects, a wonderful selection of... 
    I wondered about this Cafe, but my kids love it, and have been several times. So today, off we went to dine and explore. The bookstore has a great variety of subjects, a wonderful selection of...  more »
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  • Hands down the BEST bookstore in Miami. Everyone that works there is thoughtful, patient and passionate about books! The architecture and indoor patio are beautiful. Their bar area is peaceful. And their cafe is yummy. It’s an experience as much as it is a retailer. HIGHLY recommend 😊
  • Super lovely bookstore with knowledgeable and friendly staff. The events they have here are always good and the bar is an added benefit to all venues ;-). Great collection of books. Generally pretty slow service for lunch when I have been but with such a nice setting we didn't mind.

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