17 Wonderful Melbourne Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit

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1. Reader’s Feast Bookstore, 162 Collins Street Melbourne

Reader's Feast Bookstore , 162 Collins Street Melbourne

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At this aptly named gem, all the books face out from the shelves so you can digest their covers and gobble them up as you please.

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2. Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller, 156 Collins Street Melbourne

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With first editions of classic books valued in the thousands of dollars, a lot of books in this store are for serious collectors only – but there are some that are more attainable, and either way they sure are fun to browse.

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3. Dymocks, 234 Collins Street Melbourne

Dymocks , 234 Collins Street Melbourne

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Some might stick their nose up at shopping at a large chain, but it’s hard for any book lover to pass Dymocks’ ginormous range.

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4. City Basement Books, 342 Flinders Street Melbourne

 

Down the rabbit hole to stacks and stacks and stacks of second-hand books. Swoon.

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5. The Little Bookroom, 759 Nicholson Street Carlton North and 5 Degraves Street Melbourne

The Little Bookroom , 759 Nicholson Street Carlton North and 5 Degraves Street Melbourne

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The first children’s bookstore in Australia, The Little Bookroom opened in 1960 and now has two gorgeous locations.

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6. Embiggen Books, 197 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne

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An excellent collection combined with beautiful decor and a cozy atmosphere means Embiggen Books is everything you want from an independent bookstore.

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7. Readings, various locations

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Readings is an iconic independent chain with five locations around Melbourne that are all worth a visit.

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8. The Little Library, Level 2 Melbourne Central, Cnr LaTrobe and Swanson Streets Melbourne

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Technically not a store, but still worth a mention because it’s delightful. The Little Library works on an honesty system, whereby you can take any book you like, as long as you return it – or replace it with one from your own, preloved collection.

9. Metropolis Bookshop, Level 3 Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street Melbourne

Metropolis Bookshop , Level 3 Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street Melbourne

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A gorgeous store that specialises in books about visual, creative, and performing arts.

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10. Minotaur Entertainment, 121 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

 

This place specialises in science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and all things nerdy.

 

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11. The Book Grocer, various locations

The Book Grocer , various locations

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Everything in these stores (in multiple locations in the CBD as well as Brunswick and Northcote) is $10 or less. You may lose your mind a little and wake up 12 books heavier.

 

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12. The Paperback Bookshop, 60 Bourke Street Melbourne

The Paperback Bookshop , 60 Bourke Street Melbourne

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This store is on the small side but absolutely full to the brim with awesomeness.

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13. The Brunswick Street Bookstore, 305 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

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The perfect place to put up your feet and pick up a book after browsing the many other shops along Brunswick Street.

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14. PolyEster Books, 330 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

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A bright and colourful store, full of everything that is weird and wonderful.

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15. The Grub Street Bookshop, 379 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

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Quiet, peaceful, and bursting with second-hand books of all shapes and sizes.

16. Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy

Hares & Hyenas , 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy

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More than a bookshop, Hares & Hyenas is also a café and event space, focusing on queer entertainment.

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17. Bookhouse, 52 Robe Street St Kilda

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A visually gorgeous bookstore with an eclectic collection of second-hand books and select new titles.

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