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Sydney’s Best Bookstores

By Sarah Mulholland - 11 Jun 2014

Better Read Than Dead
Newtown, NSW 1 Image
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Berkelouw Books
Leichhardt, NSW 1 Image
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Gertrude & Alice Café Bookstore
Bondi Beach, NSW 1 Image
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Ariel Books
Paddington, NSW 1 Image
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MCA Store
The Rocks, NSW 1 Image
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Some Sydneysiders dread the rain, but for any self-proclaimed bookworm this wintery weather means just one thing: guilt-free nights, curled up on the couch indulging in a literary delight. For those of you who are less inclined to the tablet ways of the future and more interested in the nostalgia and challenge of a good old paperback, here are the best bookstores in Sydney.

Better Read Than Dead | Newtown

Better Read Than Dead is a book lover's heaven. With an A-Z of authors that can keep you browsing for hours, there's no denying this is one of Sydney's best bookstores. And if you're interested in meeting other like-minded book fanatics, The Better Reader Book Club meets monthly to discuss a novel over wine and cheese. Is there anything better?

Berkelouw | Around Sydney

Housing an amazing selection of new books, secondhand books, and rare books, Berkelouw has got something for everyone! The perfect store for lovers of all things literary, Berkelouw stores have been popping up all over town, which is convenient for the bookworms among us. The helpful staff and extensive range of genres makes it one of the best bookshops in Sydney. Don't have time to peruse its shelves of books? Never fear, Berkelouw has a nifty online shop, where you can browse and buy 'til your heart's content. 

Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore | Bondi

The change in season is certainly upon us and, as the winter drizzles become more regular, we propose that the best way to pass the time is with some good food and great books! Gertrude & Alice is Bondi's li'l hub of creativity, the perfect spot to perch with a coffee on one of the communal tables and lose yourself in the depths of a novel. Finding just the right balance between delicious cafe and boutique library (not an easy task!), Gertrude & Alice definitely deserves its spot on our list of the best bookstores in Sydney. 

Ariel Books | Paddington

If you're at a loss for where to buy books in Sydney, this quirky bookseller is your new best friend. The enthusiastic staff are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the business of books, and are more than happy to help you make the right choice. Ariel has a vast range, from fiction to photography, autobiographies, and cute gift ideas—you'll be spoilt for choice! Did we mention it's open until midnight each night? Late-night readers, rejoice!

Kinokuniya | CBD

Boasting one of the largest collections of titles in Sydney, Kinokuniya certainly earns its spot on our hit list of Sydney's best bookstores. Escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD with its extensive catalogue of Japanese, French, Chinese, German and English publications, which you can devour in the lovely café. Be sure to check out Kinokuniya's in-store art space, The Wedge Gallery, which showcases works from local and international up-and-coming artists. 

Published Art Bookshop | Surry Hills

The name says it all, a bookshop truly dedicated to all things art, architecture, and design. Published Art in Surry Hills houses the latest titles and is the place to go if you're after high-quality, international publications. Take your time to peruse and purchase, it's worth it!

MCA Store | Circular Quay

For those days when you wake up feeling oh so cultured, head to the MCA Store and treat yourself to a bit of artistic inspiration. Perfect for reading up on your favourite creative, the MCA Store offers an array of literature, covering everything from contemporary art to fashion and architecture—so you're sure to pick up a unique coffee table addition.

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