Best Bookshops in Australia

    This is one for the bookworms. While Down Under famously caters to the outdoorsy, those of us who prefer the comfort of a flat white and a good novel have plenty of places to choose from. With that in mind, discover our favourite bookshops in Australia.

    Photo credit – Google Maps Street View

    Melbourne

    The Paperback Bookshop
    60 Bourke Street

    Independent bookseller icon since the 1960s.

    Where to stay: Rydges Hotel Melbourne

    Perimeter Books
    748 High Street, Thornbury

    Sleek stockist of short runs and obscure, artsy titles.

    Where to stay: Aluxstay Apartments Bell City Preston

    Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookselllers
    The Assembly Hall Building, 156 Collins Street

    Premier haven for rare books and C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien-types.

    Where to stay: Grand Hyatt Melbourne

    Metropolis Bookshop
    Level 3, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street

    Metropolis is just the place to geek out over hard-to-find, niche titles in Melbourne.

    Where to stay: The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure Melbourne

    Hares & Hyenas
    63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

    Possibly the best LGBTQ bookshop on the planet.

    Where to stay: Tyrian Serviced Apartments Fitzroy

    Melbourne City Guide

    Sydney

    Gleebooks
    49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

    The paragon independent bookseller in the New South Wales capital.

    Where to stay: Novotel Hotel Rockford Darling Harbour Sydney

    Ariel Booksellers
    42 Oxford Street, Paddington

    Ariel has been a Paddington staple since 1985.

    Where to stay: Arts Hotel Sydney

    MCA Store
    Circular Quay Foyer, Level 1, Museum of Comtemporary Art, The Rocks

    The pretty store at the Museum of Contemporary Art sells more than just coffee table tomes and books for art history students.

    Where to stay: The Russell Hotel Sydney

    Kinokuniya
    Level 2, TGV, 500 George Street

    While big on titles from Japan, Kinokuniya stocks a wide selection and has a fine café too.

    Where to stay: Hilton Sydney

    Brisbane

    Folio Books
    80 Albert Street

    Winner of Queensland Specialist Book Store award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    Where to stay: Royal On The Park Hotel Brisbane

    Riverbend Books
    193 Oxford Street, Bulimba

    Steps from Bulimba Ferry Terminal, Riverbend is a teahouse and bookstore oasis.

    Where to stay: Spicers Balfour Hotel Brisbane

    Archives Fine Books
    40 Charlotte Street

    If vintage is your bag, Archives Fine Books is the answer.

    Where to stay: M On Mary Apartment Hotel Brisbane

    Brisbane City Guide

    Adelaide

    Imprints Booksellers
    107 Hindley Street

    Warm, convivial, intellectual vibes in West End Adelaide.

    Where to stay: The Sebel Playford Adelaide

    Mary Martin Bookshop
    249 Rundle Street

    Mary Martin, circa 1945, is one of the oldest bookstores in Oz.

    Where to stay: The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel Adelaide

    Adelaide City Guide

    Perth

    Oxford St Books
    119 Oxford Street, Leederville

    Go-to independent in metro Perth, with free Minties and bookmarks at the cash.

    Where to stay: The Richardson Hotel And Spa Perth

    Bookcaffè
    137 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne

    A gem in the coastal ‘burb of Swanbourne and three-time Independent Bookseller of the Year in WA.

    Where to stay: Cottesloe Beach Chalets

    Perth City Guide

    Margaret River

    Margaret River Bookshop
    Shop 1/109, Bussell Highway

    Local owners and a strong selection of books for oenophiles.

    Where to stay: Basildene Manor Estate

    Margaret River Wine Region Guide

    Alice Springs

    Red Kangaroo Books
    79 Todd Street

    The most literate spot in Central Australia specialises in books on Aboriginal culture.

    Where to stay: Best Western Elkira Resort Motel Alice Springs

    Alice-Springs City Guide

    Canberra and ACT

    Beyond Q
    44 Curtin Place

    Superb bar and café in the ACT suburb of Curtin that just so happens to carry a massive selection of books.

    Where to stay: Forrest Hotel and Apartments

    Canberra City Guide

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