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Melbourne's novel bookshops

/ 02 Aug 2019
As a UNESCO City of Literature, book lovers can find a perfect read or meet those behind the words in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Writers Festival is set to return in 2019 a jam-packed program of events from August 30-September 8. For more than three decades, the two-week festival has brought together the best writers, thinkers and performers from Australia and around the world to revel in the power of words to unite and inspire.

After a day of vibrant storytelling, conversation and discussion, visitors can find their next perfect read at the unique bookshops.


The award-winning independent bookstore Readings has been a Carlton fixture since being established in 1968. Closing at 11pm most nights make it perfect for night owls or an post dinner browse.  A vast selection of records, CD’s, DVD’s and a plethora of events that include live music, book launches and workshops means visitors are sure to leave the store with more than just a book. 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053.  (03) 9347 6633.

All Star Comics

With its central location on Queens street All Star Comics prides itself in being a haven for lovers of comics and graphic novels. Split amongst two levels, their friendly and helpful staff are always on hand to assist customers in finding the right comic for them regardless of their knowledge of comics or preference of DC over Marvel. 53 Queen St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.  (03) 8614 3700.

Buck Mulligans

For those that prefer a drink in hand when browsing through bookshelves look no further than Buck Mulligans. Located in Northcote, a 20 minute drive from the city, this quaint establishment pays homage to its Irish roots as a bookstore in Galway. Despite their specialty being whiskey, Buck Mulligans also offers customers cocktails, beer, wine as well as Irish inspired foods. The cosy atmosphere, roaring fireplace and Irish literature will be sure to warm the hearts of all who visit this one of a kind bookstore. 217 High St, Northcote, Victoria, 3070.  (03) 9077 7915.


Nestled on the third floor of Curtain House in Melbourne’s city centre, the trek up to Metropolis is well worth the effort. Metropolis rewards customers with an extensive collection of books, from design and arts history reads to identifying Australian flora and quirky non-fiction novels. A location that can’t possibly be any more central makes Metropolis a great spot to spend some spare time in the city (and get calf workout). Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.  (03) 9663 2015.

Hill of Content

As the oldest bookstore in Melbourne Hill of Content has a soft spot in the heart of many Melburnians. With just a short stroll from Parliament House you’ll be able to immerse yourself in this literary gold mine and piece of history. The Writers on the Hill event series hosted in store promotes thought provoking discussion and a way to meet like minded bookworms. 86 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.  (03) 9662 9472.

The Paperback Bookshop

Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary Paperback Books has proven it can stand the test of time. The cosy atmosphere and floor to ceiling selection of books in genres spanning from music, poetry, philosophy and so much more is sure to keep customers browsing for hours on end. It’s prime location directly opposite the equally iconic Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar and late opening hours makes it the ideal spot for a late-night pairing of literary and libations. 60 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.  (03) 9662 1396.

Hyenas & Hares

A short taxi ride from the centre of Melbourne, Fitzroy’s Hyenas & Hares prides itself in being a hub for Melbourne’s gender diverse community. In addition to the wide range of books, CD’s and DVD’s catered to the queer community Hyenas & Hares also hosts a variety of events including book clubs, board game nights and book launches. Featuring an onsite café, visitors can quench their thirst for both knowledge and coffee while browsing the shelves to their hearts content. 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.  (03) 9495 6589.

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