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8 Best Places in Melbourne to Satisfy The Bookworm in You
06 Jul 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

Known as the City of Literature, bookstores and libraries are part of this city's cultural identity, and that's why bookworms form all over the world would be more than thrilled to step foot in this city.

Without further ado, here’s our list of 4 bookstores and libraries to visit in Melbourne whenever you’re ready to unleash the literature lover in you.

State Library of Victoria

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As the central library in the state of Victoria, the State Library is a landmark and cultural icon of Melbourne. This magnificent 19th-century building houses the beautiful heritage interiors and some of the most complete literature collections in the world.

From the majestic dome ceiling, there are free exhibitions amids other library highlights such as La Trobe Reading Room, artworks, galleries, media wall and more. Just be prepare to spend more time here because you’ll need just equal time to admire this glorious library along with its content.

Kay Craddock Antiquarian Booksellers

With over 4 decades of history in selling books, Kay Craddock offers a large and diverse stock of antiquarian and secondhand books of all kinds. This great little spot is the perfect place to stop when you wander along Collins Street of Melbourne. With beautiful museum-like presentation and amazing book arrangements, get ready to be lost into a magical time and place filled with nostalgia and gorgeous book.

Dymocks Collin Street

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Collin Street itself is an area with character, from its gorgeous heritage buildings to tree-lined street. And Dymocks bookstore makes just the perfect addition to the overall location. With arguably one of the wides book collections in the city, enjoy the small seating space that is provided or head to its small cafe to absorb this Parisian atmosphere in Melbourne.

The Paperback Books

One of the most iconic bookstores of Melbourne, The Paperback Books has a history that dated back in the 1960;s. While it is small in size, it is most famed for having a well-stocked book collections. Along with its old and ragged front appearance, get ready to have a whiff of old book smell that will bring back all the feels.

Weekly Book Market at Federation Square

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At Fed Square's weekly book market, book lovers, bibliophiles and the generally curious can browse a vast selection of new and second-hand titles from all the genres. Presented by some of the experts and senior Melbourne booksellers, there is always something that you can take away after the visit. Once you’re done, stroll upstairs to the Ian Potter Centre for Australian art for a fine day out in Melbourne.

The LIttle Bookroom

The Little Bookroom first opened in 1960 as the first first children’s bookstore in Australia. With its two gorgeous locations in Melbourne of Carlton North and Degraves, this place is a safe haven for those who want to rest, relax, and read a few chapter of great titles with the families.

Library at The Dock

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Located in Victoria Harbour Promenade, Library at The Dock provides a broad and discerning range of books, published locally and overseas, in contemporary building combining engineered timber and reclaimed hardwood. This place also offers integrated community and cultural space for Melbournians to create and explore.

Booktalk Cafe

How would you like to have a homemade classic breakfast accompanied with a good read when you’re at it? Booktalk cafe is a fusion of comfortable and homey bookstore and a cafe whipping up delicious gourmet sandwiches and drinks. We’re certain that the unique combination will be more than memorable to your holiday.

Ready to explore all the best bookstores in Melbourne? Do bring along the best guide with great photography skills with you for the most satisfying cultural vacation in Melbourne.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

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SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!