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A Day to Explore Books and Cafés in Brisbane



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There are so many things making Brisbane a prime spot to spend a holiday. But if you are looking for a good relaxing time and love books and cafés, these next spots are some you must hit up while spending time in Brisbane.


Get Ready to Explore:

Photo credit: Avid Reader

Let’s start out at Avid Reader. This spot opened in 1997 hoping to provide the city with a bookstore specializing in new, quality fiction and non-fiction. Since their opening the store has grown bigger and now also includes a café and event space. Make sure to look for cool events like book signings, launches and books clubs while you’re in town. They’re open 7 days a week.

Photo credit: Hansell & Gretel Espresso & Breakfast Bar

After spending some time at Avid Reader head to Hansell & Gretel. This is a super cool espresso and breakfast bar open 7 days a week from 7 am to 2 pm. This is a perfect spot to head for a delicious breakfast or brunch to enjoy some all time breakfast and brunch favourites also including some vegetarian options. Hansell & Gretel also hosts cool events like Trivia and cooking classes.

More books after your morning feast. Find Scrumptious Reads. However, this is not an average book store. Here it is all about books and food. So you will find everything for the culinary lover with books and magazines dedicated to food. They also have travel, lifestyle, business, design and children’s books. If this isn’t enough of a reason for you to check it out, this spot is also an event space and private dining room. This means they also have Monthly Cookbook Club Dinners and a deli serving delicious stuff from local producers.

Photo credit: Gerbino’s

Time for a little café stop and a snack in-between books! Next stop Gerbino’s Italian Pasticceria. They have four stores across Brisbane, and these Italian brothers are bringing a delicious authentic taste of Italy to town. You will find some great pastry, breads and cakes alongside some fine coffee. This is a great spot to chill and taste some Italian treats while maybe looking through the books you’ve bought so far.

Photo credit: The Store of Requirement

Something a little different next. If you’re into really good books surely you must have read Harry Potter! In that case, this next stop is definitely going to be one of your favourites. The Store of Requirement is a Harry Potter fan’s true dream. Here you are able to shop the largest range of Officially Licensed Harry Potter merchandise. If you’re still a little hungry you can also enjoy a Buttery Brew and indulge in some wizard inspired cakes and treats. This spot is quite magical!

Photo credit: Pourboy

Time for another café with another coffee and a good bite to eat. Pourboy should be next on your list today. Whether it is time for lunch or dinner, or you simply want a high-quality coffee, this spot has got it all. You can taste some truly amazing speciality coffee sourced from around the globe served by award-winning baristas. With your coffee you will enjoy some fine dining with finesse taking this café experience to another level.

Photo credit: Folio Books

Final stop, final books, Folio Books. Folio Books have been in Brisbane for over 30 years and have an extensive selection of unique and great books including Fiction, Art, Architecture, Biography, Cooking, History and much, much more. They’re bringing customers books from publishers from all over the world, so here you will absolutely find a selection of the very best books out there. And, if you’re very comfortable on your seat at Pourboy and don’t wish to drag more books home, they have an online store as well!

So, this was an absolutely glorious day of books and delicious cafés in awesome Brisbane. We hope your belly is full, and also your hands full of bags with cool books and Harry Potter gear. What a great and unique way to spend a day on your vacation in Brisbane!

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