Whether you’re a lover of literary fiction or a fan of autobiographies, nothing beats finding a nice quiet spot to settle down with your book. Add to that a really good cup of earthy coffee and you’ll never want to move! Scoop has surveyed all the essentials for the perfect reading spot – relaxing, bookish and well-caffeinated – to bring you these top picks.
Lane Book Shop and The Lane Café in Claremont
Open since 1980, the Lane Book Shop is one of Perth’s oldest literary corners. Hidden away down Old Theatre Lane, this husband-and-wife-owned gem is a popular spot for book clubs to meet. The shop carries an eclectic mix of crime and detective stories, literary classics, children’s books, non-fiction and prize-winning titles. Conveniently, the Lane Café sits directly opposite the entrance and is open every day of the week for coffees, fresh juices, smoothies, all-day breakfasts and lunches.
Millpoint Caffé Bookshop in South Perth
Serving up Dante coffee and cake all week round, Millpoint Caffe Bookshop is housed in a delightful heritage cottage with plenty of outdoor seating available. Open for breakfast and lunch, they offer a range of hot food and lovely rolls as well as daily specials such as soup, pasta and risotto. For all your bookworm friends, Millpoint’s gift vouchers are redeemable at both the café and the bookshop. Why not stretch your legs and wander down from the South Perth foreshore for your next bookish get-together?
The Bodhi Tree Bookstore Café in Mount Hawthorn
Nestled in the trendy suburb of Mount Hawthorn, this hybrid bookstore-café is a local establishment known for its extensive catalogue of book titles covering a range of western and eastern philosophies. Feel nourished inside and out as you peruse the aisles of holistic titles and ethically-sourced giftware with a cup of Fairtrade organic coffee in hand. Open for breakfast and lunch, the café also offers a variety of fresh juices, smoothies and wholesome snacks.
Planet Books Northbridge
One of Northbridge’s leading booksellers, Planet Books provides volumes of alternative, quirky and irreverent books that will satisfy even the most peculiar of tastes. Formerly the spot of the much-loved Northside Books, Planet Books sits on William Street in the heart of the city’s arts and cultural precinct. You’ll be spoilt for choice for reading spots with D’Silk Café, Eillo and Polly Café all within short walking distance.
Saint Larry Cafe in City of Perth Library
A match made in literary heaven, Saint Larry Café on the ground floor of the modern City of Perth Library is a go-to for booklovers seeking solace from the streets. With glass walls overlooking Cathedral Square, you’ll have views of historical landmarks such as the State Building and St George’s Cathedral. The bright, open reading space wrapping itself around the café is perfect for coffee-infused literary discussions or binge-reading sessions. With a hearty selection of bagels, breakfast wraps, slices and cakes available, Saint Lawrence (patron saint of cooks) has certainly looked out for us with this one!
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Image credits: The Lane Bookshop, @littlemissmonbon, Saint Larry’s Cafe.