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Top Places to Read a Book in Melbourne

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by Meiri S (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer. My passions are Art, Dining out, and quirky things. I enjoy uncovering hidden in plain sight gems.
Published September 26th 2017
Having a lazy day? Got a book to read and in the city?
You know those times when you're in between locations, and you need somewhere to sit. These are my go-to's in inner-city Melbourne.

Melbourne Central

There are loads of good places to sit (even in the food court when it's closed). A free little library which is safe and well lit. There are always nooks you can find that no one is sitting in already and the toilets on the upper levels are always clean. It's still a good place to tell the time too. The famous clock still works!

Melbourne Central Clock / CC0 Creative Commons

The Emporium

There are little sofas and quiet spots all around this awesome shopping complex. The Emporium is clean and well lit and the toilets are easily accessible. I think they are the cleanest toilets in Melbourne CBD. The food court has a great selection, uber comfy seats, is very clean and you can enjoy free wifi too.

The State Library of Victoria

This is a great place to go when it's either stinking hot or freezing cold outside. There are places to sit with kids and you can also use the wifi. Heaps of great places to sit and comfortably read a book or surf the web. You can also peruse some art, catch up on some reading, play some chess, or hang out in the kid's area. You must leave your bags in the bag lockers out the front though.

State Library Reading Room / CC0 Creative Commons

Fed Square

Fed Square is generally better in Summer, however, there are places to sit and read quietly where you won't be bothered. Better in the warmer months than the cooler months. A few places to sit and watch the world go by.
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