The State Library’s resident cafe, Mr Tulk, is not just a mere sideline to the books – I’ve often eaten at the cafe without stepping foot into the library, my only reading material a copy of The Age’s weekly Epicure section.

The light-filled space is decorated with the jewel colours and scarpering curlews of Spike Hibberd’s mural, the lines of which echo the wrought iron grilles covering the high arch windows. My choice of seating is always the large communal table, where I can linger over their delicious muesli with poached fruit and yoghurt ($10.50), with plenty of space to spread out your choice of broadsheet or tabloid.

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