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Bookstores and coffee shops in Madison, WI

Madison’s guide to books and beans

Latte in white mug with foam art on top

Stop by Wonderstate for some coffee that’s as pleasing on the eye as it is on your tastebuds.

Photo by @pauline_le_higgins

Fall in Madison has a certain charm to it — you know, the short window between the extreme hot + extreme cold — that makes us want to curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and a good book. Whether you’re already feeling those fall vibes or want to ease into the season, check out some of our favorite spots that are sure to please bookworms + coffee fanatics alike.

☕ Start with some java

Indie Coffee | 1225 Regent St. | For students and young professionals, Indie is a great place to bring your laptop and get some work done. Pro tip: Don’t leave without trying the waffles — served all day long.

Wonderstate | 27 W. Main St. | Explore a classic menu accompanied by a sleek and modern interior. Use this as a quick pick-me-up if you’re walking the square and need to retreat from the chilly fall air.

📚 Pick up new reads for the season

Paul’s Book Store | 670 State St. | Do you want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of State Street? This quaint, cozy retailer with a mix of used + out-of-print books is the perfect place for you.

Mystery to Me |1863 Monroe St. | With a whimsical aesthetic + an expansive kid’s selection, it’s no mystery to us why this shop is a family favorite in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood.

🎭 Best of both worlds

Leopold’s Books Bar Caffè |1301 Regent St. | Worldly novels, cocktails, and coffee — Leopold’s has a little something for everybody. Feeling fancy? Try something pulled from their imported vintage Elektra espresso machine.

Moka at UW Bookstore | 711 State St. | A walk-up window facing Library Mall makes this the perfect pit stop to grab some Badger gear and a latte to fuel you before the walk (climb) up Bascom Hill. (Think: Where State Street meets campus.)

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