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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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  • Great apps and reasonably priced. Jai Lai on tap. Service a bit slow but atmosphere is very nice and chill. Would come back.  more »
  • Great veggie and vegan choices. You can't beat this place for originality and a yummy and unique menu. I had the mahi ceviche and tofu couscous stir fry....both mouth watering!! Plus you have this...  more »
  • Books and Books is a great place to both buy books and have coffee at the same time. Unlike Barnes and Nobles, this place has a small family style feel so you can browse the selections with ease and stop for a nice cappuccino. We left with two books. I do think the pastries are a bit expensive. Always ask the prices before you buy!. Overall great experience.
  • Definitely one of the more unique bookstores I’ve been! A ton of great selections and a very artsy old style feel. Loved it!

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