The South Florida scene is varied, and with the advent of online shopping, the days of the mega bookstores are over and the local bookstore has returned. This leaves the community with more niche businesses to choose from. Some harken back to the glamour and mystic of the roaring 20s while others add a modern spin on the coffee house latte, but all are spots that must be visited at least once whether you are a resident or a visitor. Once you have, you’ll be surprised at the amount of diverse culture the South Florida landscape truly has to offer.

(Sit outside and enjoy a great book and a cup of coffee. Source: Niema Hulin)

Books and Books
927 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-3222

Books and Books is South Florida’s most celebrated bookstore with locations in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Bal Harbor, the Miami International Airport and the newly opened locale in the Museum of Art (MOA) in Fort Lauderdale. Its Coral Gables location is its most renown location with regular book signings by literary stars like Neil Gaiman and Nicholas Sparks. Guests and family members can sit at the cafe, enjoy a cup of joe and listen to literary giants read an excerpt of their latest masterpiece. Alternatively, book enthusiasts can venture to the beach to The Café at Books and Books and sit on the Lincoln Road Mall under a shaded umbrella while enjoying a pastry, a Cuban coffee and a new book. No matter which location you choose, you can’t go wrong.

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The Bookstore In the Grove
3390 Mary St.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 443-2855

Vast and lined from floor to ceiling with books, this bookstore is anything but quaint. The Bookstore In the Grove has a lot to compete with being that it’s only a few miles away from Books and Books in Coral Gables, caters to the same crowd and yet somehow seems to have carved out a niche for itself. Here, you can meet homegrown authors at book signings while sampling South Florida’s own version of the croissant and oreo cookie hybrid, the crookie. If coffee and pastries don’t take the cake for you, there’s always craft beer and freshly made empanadas to soothe your craving for pub-style fare. And as for the books, you can rent, buy or do both online, making this one bookstore that is keeping pace with the internet age while keeping its customers completely satisfied.

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Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-4567

Upon first glance, the last place you would expect a bookstore and cafe is inside an indie movie theater, but just as the Miami Beach Cinematheque is an intersection of a 1920s speakeasy with an art deco movie theater, so is its crowd a mixture of old souls and bohemian hipsters. Flanked on either side of the theater is a row of books ripe for the plucking, while the cafe stands center. The avid book lover can catch a flick and then conclude the night with a nice glass of wine and a seat outdoors to catch up on the latest read. The result is a night fit for a lover of art in all of its forms.

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Enjoy a cup of joe, a sweet treat and a coffee concoction. (Credit, Niema Hulin).

Bible Emporium
564 N.E. 125 St.
N. Miami, FL 33161
(305) 895-4321

Right in the heart of North Miami sits the Bible Emporium, a cafe, religious bookstore and so much more. It’s large and expansive, much like the now defunct Books-A-Million chain, and has plenty of taste-specific sections to accommodate all who enter. There’s a custom burn bar that allows patrons make their own playlist for the cost of a CD and the cafe not only serves pastries and coffee, it’s also the perfect place to pass the time while your Bible, written in either Spanish, English or Creole, is being engraved. Members of the cloth can find church apparel, church supplies and even Holy Land items, all adding up to an experience that is positively divine.


Undergrounds Coffeehaus
3020 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
(954) 630-1900

Undergrounds Coffeehaus is a bohemian’s dream. This kitschy, dimly lit and eclectically decorated small space has a great selection of the most obscure books that you never could find but always wanted to read and a sprinkling of new novels. However, its main attraction is the cafe and its creative coffee concoctions. Order a banana split coffee or sample the lattes, steamers (flavored syrup and milk), hot chocolate and teas and you won’t need an excuse to read here. Pair it with curry- or bacon-flavored tater tots and a friendly game of Rock Band and you’ve got a uniquely delicious place to read a book.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at