Without books, humankind would be forced to deposit its collective body of knowledge and history on tiny slips of paper in enormous shoeboxes. Celebrate a more efficient method of information storage with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of new, signed, and used books at Garden District Book Shop.
A locally owned treasure trove of literature for 35 years, the Garden District Book Shop nestles into a sunny spot in The Rink, the renovated reimagination of the historic Crescent City Skating Rink. The shop boasts a vast collection of new and signed books, as well as many rare finds sure to please hunters of obscure volumes on mobile-making or edible fungi. Bookworms can also browse an array of local memoirs such as Julia Reed's light-hearted The House on First Street ($12.99 for hardcover), signed copies of Pat Conroy's The Reading Life ($25 for hardcover), or foodie Sarah Roahen's Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table ($14.99 for hardcover), alongside the latest national bestsellers. Helpful staff happily make recommendations, helping would-be hooky-players unsure of which travel tomes are the easiest to disguise as literary classics in the break room.
Garden District Book Shop brings together New Orleans' word-loving masses and hangman champions, hosting a book group and cookbook club, which gathers every month to discuss cooking-oriented texts and hear talks from local chefs and food writers. Frequent readings and signings, let customers rub shoulders with prominent local and national authors in hopes that direct contact might eradicate persistent writer's block.
2727 Prytania St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130Get Directions