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Booktalk Cafe

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Published July 30th 2011
Nothing goes better with hearty fare than a good book. If you're keen to go to a trendy café but prefer the company of a romance novel rather than your real-life partner, Booktalk in Richmond is the place to go.

Booktalk Cafe in Richmond (Image appears courtesy of Booktalk Cafe Facebook)


The walls at Booktalk are lined with shelves of new and pre-loved literary gems. While new books can only be browsed at the shelves, you are welcome to bring a second-hand title to peruse as you sip on your mocha. An ideal place to go in winter, you can shelter from the cold with a hot coffee and a good read amongst like-minded people.

As the name suggests, Booktalk's set-up encourages discussion, so reading does not have to be an antisocial experience. While most tables comfortably seat one or two, there are also larger tables, perfect for facilitating a group discussion. Bookings are welcome, and with Booktalk being quite a popular destination, calling ahead of time is recommended if you want to secure group seating. Most of the tables are indoors, but there is limited outdoor seating as well.

Serving breakfast and lunch, Booktalk's menu is typical of café fare. Messy as soup may be, it is a favourite among customers at lunchtime, along with focaccias, sandwiches and salads. There is a decent selection of vegetarian and vegan options. Featured daily specials are often pasta dishes or soups. Unlike the majority of the books, fortunately, the food is not second-hand. Open from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Booktalk is an ideal place for a relaxing mid-morning or afternoon coffee if you can't manage to secure a spot at breakfast or lunchtime.

The pricing is moderate, with breakfast or lunch probably costing you not much more than about twenty dollars. Eftpos payments are accepted.

Close to Richmond Railway Station, Booktalk can also be accessed by the route 70 tram. Located on busy Swan Street, there is an abundance of shops to browse once you have enjoyed the ambience of Booktalk.
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Why? For an interesting breakfast experience.
When: 8:30am - 5:30pm, seven days.
Where: 91 Swan Street, Richmond 3121
Cost: Around $20 for breakfast or lunch and a coffee.
Comments
I've always wanted to go into BookTalk and exchange some of my books - they do that too, don't they? I've read a few other reviews of the place to try to figure out how that works, but they've always been a bit confusing, and the signs in the store about it are equally as confusing, so I still have no idea how the exchanging works.
Do you know?
By Sam van Zweden - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 2nd of August @ 11:56 pm
They do indeed exchange secondhand books.
It is all a little confusing! I'm not sure if there is a fee associated with exchanging your pre-loved books.
Some more confusion probably comes from the signs detailing their exchange policy...
By Natasha Abrahams - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 3rd of August @ 09:48 am
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