Australia & NZ
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.
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The Paperback Bookshop
60 Bourke Street
Independent bookseller icon since the 1960s.
Where to stay: Rydges Hotel Melbourne
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
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
49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
The paragon independent bookseller in the New South Wales capital.
Where to stay: Novotel Hotel Rockford Darling Harbour Sydney
42 Oxford Street, Paddington
Ariel has been a Paddington staple since 1985.
Where to stay: Arts Hotel Sydney
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
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
80 Albert Street
Winner of Queensland Specialist Book Store award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Where to stay: Royal On The Park Hotel Brisbane
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
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
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
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
Margaret River Bookshop
Shop 1/109, Bussell Highway
Local owners and a strong selection of books for oenophiles.
Where to stay: Basildene Manor Estate
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
Canberra and ACT
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