Some of us start looking for the best Independent bookstores as soon as we get to a new town. Just in case you’re a fellow bookworm, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of Tampa’s best Indie bookstores.
420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday
Near downtown Tampa, the bookstore provides a rare and engaging browsing experience, with a distinctive presentation that gives each book cover the attention it deserves. The carefully curated collection — including new releases, bestsellers, beloved classics, signed first editions, and children’s favorites — is intended to satisfy the casual browser as well as an avid collector. The location also features a restaurant, a coffee and tea bar, and a gift shop.
Mojo Books & Records
2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa
11am – 8pm, Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday
Mojo Books and Records is Tampa Bay’s largest independent book and record store. It’s also one of the few local coffee bars specializing in manual brewing and handcrafted flavors.
2153 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg
10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday
Tombolo Books features all genres, from biography/memoir and science, to gardening, cooking, poetry, and fiction. The store also offers an expansive children’s section with a cozy reading nook for parents and children to enjoy during their visit. Customers will also find a healthy selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, by Florida authors and about the state of Florida.
Book + Bottle
17 6th St. N, St. Petersburg
8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday; 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday; 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday
A bookstore with wine and a wine bar with books. Book + Bottle curates the best in literary fiction, new releases, celebrity bookclub picks, bestsellers, and other mind-opening reading material. It also has small sections dedicated to the environment, cooking, wine, local lit, and Russian lit.
Wilson’s Book World
535 16th St. N, St. Petersburg
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday
A family owned and operated, used and antiquarian bookshop in St. Petersburg, Wilson’s is one of the Southeastern United States’ oldest bookstores still in operation. The store maintains a consistent, on shelf inventory of over 250,000 hard covers, paperbacks, comics, manuscripts, and ephemera.