Chamblin’s Uptown is a new, used and rare bookseller and café in downtown Jacksonville. The longtime retailer stocks a hefty supply of second-hand novels, and offers a generous book trade-in and purchasing policy. Many other rare tomes are tucked away for discerning readers, while only a small supply of the books on hand at Chamblin’s are brand new. Pull up a seat in the outdoor patio and order an espresso while you peruse a dog-eared page or two, or simply enjoy the views of Hemming Plaza. An outdoor mural draws the eye in, an old but functional piano sits out front, and the simple indoor/outdoor seating arrangement makes this book mine feel like a warm hug for literature lovers. Offering croissants and muffins for breakfast, tuna wraps, veggie wraps and homemade soups for lunch, the café, with its paper lanterns, globe lighting and floor-to-ceiling books, makes Chamblin’s a community gem.