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Top Five Independent Bookshops in Melbourne

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by Emily Finlay (subscribe)
A freelance writer and editor living in Melbourne, I'm an avid fan of film, television and literature.
Published August 19th 2012
Melbourne is well-known for its diverse literary and publishing scene. I love spending my weekends browsing in Melbourne's many amazing (and often hidden) bookshops. At a time when many chain bookshops are shutting down, Melbourne still has many flourishing independent bookshops for the avid bookworm.

Here are some of my favourite independent bookshops in Melbourne:

Readers Feast Bookshop
Reader's Feast Bookshop


Reader's Feast
Situated on Collins Street, Reader's Feast has an impressive range of books. More than just its large range of books, however, the reason I love Reader's Feast so much is its exceptional service. The staff are all passionate book-lovers, and their love for books shines through in their customer service. In this day and age it can be hard to find a bookshop that is just a bookshop no toys, no CDs, no trinkets just books.

Readings Carlton
Readings Carlton is a Lygon Street icon. Nestled among many restaurants and cafes, Readings offers book fans a wide range of books, DVDs and music. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about their products, and happy to help out. Readings also holds a variety of book launches and events check out their website for further information.

Readings Carlton was awarded Independent Bookseller of the Year in 1998, 2001 and 2009.

The Paperback Bookshop
The Paperback Bookshop, located at the top of Bourke Street, has a great selection of local and international books. It's a wonderful shop for night owls looking for a night time read, as it opens late on Friday and Saturdays. I love going for a browse after dinner in the city, especially in summer. And don't be fooled by the name, the Paperback Bookshop does sell hardbacks.

Independent Bookshops Melbourne
The Paperback Bookshop


Metropolis Bookstore
Located on the third floor of Curtin House (252 Swanston Street), Metropolis Bookstore is a hidden gem. Incredibly bright and spacious, Metropolis is perfect for people interested in creative arts. Metropolis specialises in books on art, graphic design, architecture, photography, fashion and textiles, popular culture, film, music, and the performing arts.

Booktalk Bookstore and Cafe
Booktalk Bookstore, located at 91 Swan Street Richmond, is a fantastic blend of old and new. Booktalk was one of first bookshops in Australia to have a cafe attached to it, and it's a great place to go for brunch and a read. While there, you can browse a combination of new titles along with thousands of second-hand titles or participate in their book exchange program.
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Don't forget Waywards Books in Kensington, just opposite the station.
by cally (score: 0|2) 2665 days ago
Thanks for the recommendations! This recommendation list is such a sight for these... panda-like eyes! (No seriously, searching for bookstores are really hard these days!) Thanks again for posting this up.
by asian (score: 0|2) 2313 days ago
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