Locations β†’ Melbourne

20 Bookstores In Melbourne πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

These are 20 of the best bookstores in Melbourne. The best bookstore is Dymocks Melbourne. Here is the list of Melbourne bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Dymocks Melbourne

"This place came out of my dreams 🀩I loooooove books, and getting lost in a huge bookshop, just perusing through blurbs and covers is one of my favourite things.Apart from books, you can find small presents, board games and jigsaw puzzles, grab a coffee and just enjoy yourself!"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 2,237 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Lower Ground Floor, 234 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

2. Readings Carlton

"Recently purchased "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" and received fantastic customer service at Readings Carlton. I was helped by Samantha over the phone who patiently assisted me with locating and placing the book on hold and informing me about the faults of the book as it was the last copy available, which allowed me to make an informed decision before purchasing the book. As I entered the store to make the purchase, I was then greeted with a friendly face at the checkout counter. Thank you all for your excellent customer service! Will definitely return again - great store with a large variety of books and friendly staff."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,475 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 309 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

3. The Paperback Bookshop

"This cute little bookshop in Melbourne operates till late with lots of unique selection of books on their bookshelves. The warm and inviting ambiance of the interior created a cozy and homely environment that was simply enchanting. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and I observed them assisting customers with specific interests."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 329 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 60 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

4. Hill Of Content Bookshop

"Lovely place in Melbourne.You can find a lot of books and feel a different environment.you can hear the creak of the old wooden stairs and this is an experience that it is something that has been lost over the years.It is a place to rest from the hectic life of Melbourne."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 274 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Level 2/86 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

5. City Basement Books

"Great place to buy second hand books in good condition for a relatively reasonable price. Theres a huge selection of books that range from different genres, there’s a book for every interest. The staff are very friendly and the store itself is quiet and peaceful. I 100% recommend paying a visit."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 274 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 342 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

6. Readings Emporium

"I came across this charming bookstore a while ago, but made a me mental note today to take some photos.It’s really sweet and quiet inside, so you can find a nook to read a chapter or two. Great range of books and there are often books across a range of topics on sale.I love the personal hand written summary or a specific books it’s reminds me of the staff picks back in the blockbuster days.Lots of seating on offer through the store. It’s hard not to pick something extra up while you’re in line waiting to pay for your item.A must visit."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 221 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Shop 1 - 016/287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

7. Hares & Hyenas

"Lovely bookshop with a great range of queer literature. There really is anything you could want, ranging from cute graphic novels to contemporary literature to queer politics and philosophy."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 173 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 79 – 81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

8. Book Grocer

"This is definitely one of the lovely book shop I have ever been. Almost every books in here are discounted and the mark down one’s are even selling $2-$3. The listenings are classified perfectly and the staff is very friendly who is keen in answering all your questions. Must visit if you are into reading. Who knows, maybe you will find great books for the most affordable price ever!"

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 168 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 455 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

9. Mary Martin Bookshop

"I love this little bookshop. It has been here for years and years and I think since Southbank first opened in early 1990's? Great range of books (hello), gift cards, gifts (particularly for kids) and other enticements. Bookstores to me are like the retail equivalent of hot jam donuts if I see them I have to go in (eat!)."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 124 Reviews
  • πŸ“ G17/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

10. Theosophical Society Bookshop

"Where to start? With such a range of esoteric books that you can spend an hour or so browsing through, there's a lot to see, and the staff is 10 out of 10 for their helpfulness and the knowledge they bring."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 119 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 234 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

11. Books For Cooks

"One of the best bookshops in the world. I've shopped here multiple times, and every experience has been excellent. The owner/operators always extend gracious hospitality, and their range is unsurpassed. I can't commend this business highly enough.Thankyou Books for Cooks!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 114 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Queen Victoria Market, 115-121 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

12. Metropolis Bookshop

"I cannot begin to tell you all how much I love Metropolis bookshop. The owner is super lovely and the staff is always friendly. Metropolis is not your typical bookshop. They have a lot of unique art, fashion, arcitecture and design books, books imported from Japan and more alternative books. Come here if you're looking for something unique!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 106 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Curtin, House Level 3/252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

13. Qbd Books Melbourne Emporium

"This is a fantastic shop filled with a wide variety of stock and the most helpful staff you'll ever find. I had lost of very specific questions and requests and Josh was able to help out with all of them. His suggestions have been perfect and my children have loved them! Thank you to Josh and the whole team. 10/10 experience"

  • ⭐️ 4.3 Rating
  • πŸ“° 105 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Shop 3 - 001/287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

14. Readings State Library

"The best place in Melbourne where studying and working is possible and in perfect relaxing place.The staff are gentle and nice.All the services are very efficient.❀"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 102 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

15. Coventry Bookstore

"The selection of books and staff recommendations are efficiently catered to fiction and non-fiction readers. Although limited with the different subgenres available, the small store has decently priced books. Adored the cosy vibe and polite staff here. Good efforts shown by the team πŸ‘"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 98 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Level 1/265 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia

16. The Brunswick Street Bookstore

"Amazing range of children's books, and absolutely outstanding customer service. We ordered some books online while in hotel quarantine. Stephen delivered the books to our hotel the next day, and very kindly gave us some extra story books and activity books for the kids. So very kind and thoughtful, and Stephen went out of his way to accommodate us."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 91 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 305 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

17. Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller

"a large selection of fiction hardcovers, many first editions, small press, reasonable poetry selection. Prices for a good hardcover ranged from 50 to 100. Fine press books were quite expensive, 500 to 1000 range. some gems here, including a small press signed T.S. Eliot. Pleasant helpful staff who were fine with me pulling out lots of fine press books to explore."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 72 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 156 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

18. North Melbourne Books

"Such a great selection of books all at really good price. Amazing setting also, such a nice store to browse in for the afternoon. The man working there on Sunday was also incredibly lovely. Can’t wait to go back"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 44 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 546 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

19. The Book Grocer

"Location: it's in the Spencer Outlet. Google maps previously had it wrong lol.Took home some really interesting books! Though I wish the self-help section was bigger"

  • ⭐️ 4.1 Rating
  • πŸ“° 27 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Shop T19/201 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

20. Mary Martin Bookshop Port Melbourne

"Love this shop! So helpful and always willing to look and order books, nothing is too much trouble :)"

  • ⭐️ 4.2 Rating
  • πŸ“° 18 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 2/188 Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia