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Like the best books, a city that considers itself to be even a little literary needs to have something for everyone. As a UNESCO City of Literature and a bonafide book nerd, Melbourne hits the spot with more bookshops per head than anywhere else in Australia.

Browse through the stalwart independent bookstores in the heart of Melbourne. Author appearances and book festivals and a commitment to local writers make them worth the ink. Avid readers with particular hobbies and areas of interest are in luck in Melbourne, with a host of specialist bookstores outweighed only by iconic and memorable places in which to read them.

If flicking through Melbourne's bookshops still isn't literary enough for you, get along to the regular readings and discussions at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas and immerse yourself in living history at the imposing State Library.

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Bookhouse

Update your bookcase with some savvy swaps from The Bookhouse, which has been curating an extraordinary collection of fine reads for over 15 years.

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City Basement Books

Explore the enthralling, ordered chaos of aisles pre-loved novels, journals, magazines, textbooks and reference tomes. It's a goldmine for bookworms.

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Coventry Bookstore

Bury your nose in tomes of all types or hang around for the regular readings for children at one of Melbourne's favourite independent bookshops.

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Embiggen Books

Peruse the curated collections at this little Melbourne bookshop where art meets science and absorb the traditional charms of its interiors.

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Hill of Content

While away a few hours in one of the Melbourne's best-loved bookstores and discover a history dating back to the gangster days of Squizzy Taylor.

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Kay Craddock

Step into a bookshop and back into history. Choose from a range of antiquarian and secondhand titles, dating as far back as the fifteenth century.

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Mag Nation City

Flick through pristine titles with great coffee, cool staff and crazy promotions at the hippest periodical dispensary in the city. Say 'Undies Monday'.

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Mag Nation Prahran

Help save magazines from extinction and peruse the impressive range of titles. There's everything from glossy fashion to conceptual art, plus coffee.

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Metropolis Bookstore

Scout the shelves of this reader's oasis to discover rare, niche and hard to find tomes. The quirky selection here offers books to suit any taste.

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Reader's Feast Bookstore

Reader's Feast Bookstores stock a generous slice of the best books and run a year round calendar of literary events.

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Readings Carlton

Whether you're popping in at lunchtime, attending a literary event, or killing time before a movie, Readings is always a hive of bookish activity.

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Sticky

Get stuck into zines at Australia's undisputed headquarters for lovingly photocopied publications about everything from fashion to science fiction.

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Journal

Enjoy an 'intellectual' date of highbrow chat and down-home cooking amid the bookish atmosphere at Journal, where it's ok to eat, drink, and talk.

Cafes

Mr Tulk

Devour books and fine café fare at Mr Tulk, an airy spot named for Melbourne's first state librarian and appropriately attached to the State Library.

Restaurants

The Moat

Burrow beneath the Wheeler Centre, Literary Melbourne's literary heart, to Moat, for morning coffee and post-literary event vinous ruminations.

Cafes

Feedback Cafe

Bust in for breakfast boom-time in the little Yarraville lounge that's doing big things with a mainly vegetarian menu, and be sure to leave feedback.

Bars

The Toff in Town

Take to the dimly lit train-carriage booths or Lynch-worthy bandroom. Or take Lindy Hop class. This bar pretty much knows what you need before you do.

Cafes

Brother Baba Budan

Have your caffeine and drink it too in a café named after a legendary coffee smuggler, where chairs hang high and the beans are roasted with pedigree.

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Babka Bakery Cafe

Bless bustling Babka for being a bastion of Brunswick Street and continually serving up borscht, blintzes and rustic, freshly baked bread and buns.

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Sister Bella

Prolong student days at this boho townhouse facsimile, enjoying happy hour in cushy booths over philosophical chats, and mac and cheese for nostalgia.

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