1. Sappho Books & Cafe, Sydney
Possibly the closest you can get to Paris’ Shakespeare & Co. here in Australia. This second hand bookshop in Glebe is filled with your favourite classics, new releases and everything in between. The two story converted townhouse is any bibliophile’s dream, and there is a kick-ass cafe and wine bar in the back where you can flick through your recent purchases.
4. The Entrance Book Exchange, NSW
This cozy store on the NSW Central Coast always smells amazing due to the burning soy candles made by the owner, which are also available for purchase. As the name suggests, you can bring in any old books you have and trade them in for a different one to fall in love with.
5. Kay Craddock Antiquarian Booksellers, Melbourne
This is the kind of shop where you can expect to find long-forgotton favourite books or dusty leather-bound tomes, crammed in on the shelves alongside historical treasures and relics. For example, a 1773 edition of Captain Cook’s Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries , which will only set you back $18,000.
7. Imprints Booksellers, Adelaide
The soft lighting and dark wood bookshelves in this West End shop will make you feel like you’re browsing in someone’s extensive personal library. Amongst the general fiction you’ll find a range of specialty books including politics, art, history, lesbian writing, philosophy and religion.
8. O’Connell’s Bookshop, Adelaide
O’Connells in Hindley Street is one of those second-hand bookshops crammed with books stocked from floor to ceiling. Their huge selection ranges from new bestsellers to titles dating back to the sixteenth century. The shop has been owned by the same family since the 1950s, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
9. Crow Books, Perth
This bookshop, in East Victoria Park, is open late to satisfy your late-night book cravings. The unique little shop has an eclectic mix of books, stocking some rare Western Australian books as well as many titles you might never come across anywhere else. As an added bonus, the shop also regularly hosts book launches and author events.
10. Boffins Books, Perth
Though the name suggests boring or scienc-ey type books, Boffins on Hay Street is actually considered one of Perth’s best booksellers. Their selections of non-fiction titles encompass a wide variety of niche topics from Antiques to Zoology, and they also stock a range of vintage and antique rail maps.
12. Avid Reader, Brisbane
Avid Reader in the West End has shelves stocked with everything from Penguin Classics to specialty books on gardening and pottery, to name a few. Best of all, there’s a lovely café in the back where you can enjoy a coffee while perusing their crazily comprehensive collection.
13. Title, Brisbane
Tucked away in Fortitude Valley, Title is one of those bookshops you can spend hours in without even realising. Stocking not only books, but also CDs, DVDs and vinyl, it has a beautiful interior which will make you feel right at home, and you’re guaranteed to come away with a new favourite book.
17. Fullers Bookshop, Hobart
Fullers, which has been open since the 1920s, is now located on Collins Street, and boasts a café with a magnificent view of Mt. Wellington. Though it specialises in Tasmania-themed books, there are plenty of other titles to enjoy while sipping your tea and munching on macarons.