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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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Bookshops

Books & magazines

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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. It's been supporting compulsive book buyers for close to a century.

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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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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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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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The Paperback Bookshop

Quiet, intriguing and always up late – everything you want in a city bookstore. Pick up Australian fiction, poetry, classics, politics and lots more.

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The Sun Bookshop

Located on the doorstep of the art deco Sun Theatre, this little treasure of the West is popular with locals, authors and visiting cinefiles.

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Book breaks

Cafes

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.

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Mr Tulk

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

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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.

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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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Manchester Press

Get in line to praise Manchester Press, the huge lucent space softened with old timbers and quirky junkyard installations where coffee reigns supreme.

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