Paradis Books & Bread Miami


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Paradis turns from a little café into one of the city’s top wine bars by night. Choose from dozens of reasonably priced natural and organic varieties, cork them at the register, and drink them outside at one of many mosaic tiled tables spread beneath gloomy bistro lighting, among a garden from which Paradis draws ingredients for its rotating pizza menu. Regular programming includes film screenings, wine tastings, vinyl DJs, and other activities. Paradis Books & Bread is happily stuck in time. From the natural wines on its shelves to the organically leavened bread it bakes every day to the books it stocks—actual, physical paperbacks!—there’s a genuine sense of nostalgia and reverence for the way things used to be. However, simple and healthful does not always imply simple: Audrey Wright, Ben Yen, Bianca Sanon, Brian Wright, and Sef Chesson, the most of whom met in New York City and have a hospitality experience, have been working toward this aim for years—moving down to Miami to launch the concept together. Paradis is a hybrid retail business that sells books and bottles, a wine bar and café where you can drink and dine from breakfast to evening, a bakery that sells fresh bread, and an urban garden adjacent to a gorgeous terrace with seats. Sanon, the project’s lead wine sommelier, serves a carefully curated selection of low-intervention wines (hand-harvested organic grapes and small-production vineyards are among the strict guidelines she adheres to). The cheeseless onion is a beautiful example of Paradis’ straightforward approach to food and drink. The group handpicked a selection of new and secondhand books on timely topics such as Black studies and queer identity and zines and novels from small presses. There is also a small library service where people can borrow books to read. Finally, there is a selection to peruse, buy, and generate thought-provoking conversations—all while sipping darn fine wine, of course.

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