A dedicated following turns out to browse at this warm, wonderful indie bookseller and courtyard bar/cafe in Coral Gables, founded in 1982. Besides the current bestsellers, you’ll find some lovely art books and local literature. If that’s not enough intellectual stimulation, there are free lectures almost every night by noted authors, experts, and personalities. At its South Beach location, 927 Lincoln Rd. ([tel] 305/532-3222), you’ll rub elbows with tanned and buff South Beach bibliophiles, and have the option of a full restaurant menu, too. And if you happen to be at the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops and looking for a break from Gucci, Prada, and Choo, there’s another branch here ([tel] 305/864-4241). Finally, on the way out, check out the one at Miami International Airport Concourse D, Gate D25 ([tel] 305/876-0468).
- David Paul Appell