Bookstores in Northwest Florida

I love bookstores. I can spend hours in them, and bookstores in Northwest Florida offer a variety of settings from “beachy keen” little indies to big box “B” stores. In the early 90s when independent bookstores started getting creative in order to keep their customers (think You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks) and they’d let you browse the bookshelves with a cup of coffee, I was in seventh heaven. 

So much has changed in the book and publishing business over the last fifteen years, with online booksellers offering massive virtual stores with absolutely any book you could possibly want. Many people have declared the local bookstore dead, but I think it still has a place in the heart of the community. It represents more than a place to buy books. It’s often a gathering place for locals, friends and book clubs.

So, with a toast to Florida bookstores, I dedicate these pages. If you’re looking for a Florida guide book to help you Explore the region or maybe a book to tell you more about Northwest Florida, or even a gripping novel to take to the beach, these bookstores in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Panama City Beach, and Destin all stock great reads. The booksellers are always knowledgeable and can offer book recommendations – and sometimes coffee.

Sundog Books in SeasideMy book signing at Sundog Books (with coffee) was lots of fun.

Bookstores in Northwest Florida include the big “B” stores, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. B&N has stores in Pensacola, Destin, and Tallahassee. Books-A-Million also has stores in those towns as well as in Fort Walton Beach and Panama City. I’ll list their addresses so you can find them easily if you’re shopping in the area, but my focus here is on the independent bookstores and how they differ in character and book offerings.

Some of the booksellers feature used books, or antique or rare books. If so, I’ll indicate that in the listing. Many bookstores in Northwest Florida feature local writers or books about the area, so be sure to ask when you’re in the store.

I’ll be adding to the list as I get a chance to visit these booksellers, but if you know of any bookstores in Northwest Florida that you think should be on the list, be sure to add them in the comments section below.

Bookstores in Northwest Florida


Hawsey's Book Index
803 N Navy Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32507

Bible Baptist Bookstore
1130 Jojo Road
Pensacola, FL 32514

6235 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504

Barnes & Noble
The Cordova Crossing
1200 Airport Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32504

Santa Rosa County

River Bank Used Bookstore
4372 Floridatown Road
Pace, FL 32571

Oklaoosa County

Emerald Coast Book Haven
801 W James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
(Used and rare books)

417-C Mary Ester Cut-Off NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Read It Again
703 E John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578
(Hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books)

Barnes & Noble
Crystal Beach Plaza
34904-118 Emerald Coast Pkwy
Destin, FL 32541


4250 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541

Bayou Book Company & Hallmark Gold Crown Store
1118 John Sims Parkway, East
Niceville, FL 32578

Walton County

Sundog Books
89 Central Square
Seaside, FL 32459

The Book Store
640 Baldwin Avenue
Defuniak Springs, FL 32435

Panama City Beach

811 East 23rd Street
Panama City, FL 32405


Downtown Books & Purl
67 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
(Bookstore and knitting shop)


Barnes & Noble
Tallahassee Mall
2415 N Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303

3521 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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