Bookshops were the first ones that I have checked before taking my November trip to Australia and it’s mainly because I’m really impressed with secondhand bookshops in a country like this. So, if you are addicted to the smell of old paper like me (yeah, it’s a thing, now get over yourself), go check out these places once you head over to the Land Down Under.
Note: Sorry for being redundant with the word, “book/s”
1. Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar (Glebe, Sydney)
Besides the books, the wine was also the main reason in going here, but before the cafe and bar, I should of course tell you first about the bookshop that will welcome you first. The good music will instantly signify you that you’re in Sappho, it’s rustic style draws attention for the classics that rests inside. They also have books of the contemporary age, but yes, I believe all those inside are pre-loved ones. If you go upstairs, you will also be able to see their used vinyl collection that you’ll definitely love!
Right after you get lost in the world of books in the first part, go head straight at their “backyard” and get yourself a cup of coffee or even a glass of wine! Their vegetarian food selection is not to be missed as well. Don’t miss the shop’s weekly events as well, they host live performances in here too.
Address: 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney, NSW
2. Gleebooks (Glebe, Sydney)
Just beside Sappho is a more modern bookshop in Glebe, but what I love with this one is the vast selection of their international contemporary book selection. Gleebooks also sell postcards, tote bags, and other artsy things that will make your stay more lovely. Besides the ground floor, check the books upstairs as well. However, before going here, I suggest for you to check their literary events’ schedule too, because there are regular live performances there from both music and book reading.
Address: 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney NSW
3. Elizabeth’s Bookshop (Newtown)
"The home of the original Blind Date with a Book,” is what this bookshop is known for, they currently have four shops in Australia, and the one that I got a chance to visit is the one in Newtown. Their diverse collection of second-hand books will actually give you a difficult time on what to really get, because almost everything are interesting, but what I love here is that their staff is truly willing to help you choose on what you should have. In my case, I get to bag one classical novel and one mystery book from their Blind Date with a Book.
Oh and yes two other interesting facts for this shop is they purchase quality second-hand books, so if you have one that you’d want to let go already, do sell it at their shop. Another one is if you want to send books, instead of letters and postcards to your loved ones from all over the world, you could just purchase a Blind Date with a Book and the shop will be the ones to ship it.
Address: 257 King St, Newtown, NSW
Other branches: Elizabeth’s Hay Street Perth CBD, 856 Hay Street Perth WA
Elizabeth's Warehouse Bookshop, 23 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle WA
Rustic look with a modern collection is how I could describe The Paperback Books. Once you enter, you’ll see a great overpopulation of books in different genres inside, but what captured my attention here is their big collection of travel books, not just the normal guide/itinerary piece, but also novels with regard to travelling or just places on Earth. The shop also sells interesting literary postcards that you’ll be interested to take home with you.
Address: 60 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Before heading to the bookshop in Brighton, do make a stopover at the Handworks Nouveau Paperie shop first! If you’ll travel with train, you’ll be able to pass by this shop right away if you will get off at the Middle Brighton Station. This shop sells pieces that will comfort you in your darkest time/inspiring cute pieces, they also sell interesting holiday cards and postcards, and overall they have crafty pieces that you could gift for yourself or friends.
This small bookshop near the beach is one accidental blessing that will cap off my bookshop adventure. It might be a small one, but their nice staff will gladly show you their vast collection of books for all ages. However, that’s not the only one that captivated my being, because they also have pieces about animals, mainly cats! That might be the highlight for me, but I promise, they have more genres to match your taste before heading over to the famous Brighton Beach Boxes.
Address: Shop 3 Dendy Plaza,26 Church St, Brighton, Victoria