Hill of Content
Level 2, 86 Bourke St., Melbourne
(03) 9662 9427
One of Melbourne's cosiest book nooks. It's been in operation since 1922.
The Paperback Bookshop
60 Bourke St., Melbourne
(03) 9662 1396
Cramped, cosy and totally charming. This is Melbourne's answer to Black Books.
Lower Ground, 243 Collins St., Melbourne
(03) 9663 0900
One of the biggest collection in town. Literally. A great spot to kill some time in the CBD.
Books for Cooks
Queen Victoria Market, 115-121 Victoria St., Melbourne
(03) 8415 1415
Does what it says on the tin: this is Melbourne's best independent cookbook store.
Curtin House, Level 3, 252 Swanston St., Melbourne
(03) 9663 2015
A Melbourne icon, tucked away inside Curtin House. Just climb the stairs till you see bookshelves.
455 Bourke St., Melbourne
0401 879 515
Specialists in book boxes, secondhand and remainder books. You can usually rummage till you find a bargain.
156 Collins St., Melbourne
(03) 9654 8506
A literal treasure trove, and home to Melbourne's biggest collection of antiquarian books. Some dating back to the 15th century.
Shop LG04, 287 Lonsdale St., Melbourne
(03) 8609 8195
In its new home on Lonsdale Street, Mag Nation is still the city's best spot for niche magazine titles.
309 Lygon St., Carlton
(03) 9347 6633
The original, and still the best. It was awarded Best Bookstore in the World in 2016.
Bookshop by Uro
Unit 5, 30 Perry St., Collingwood
0466 901 200
More art, design and architecture books than you can shake a spirit level at. Definitely worth a peek.
The Sun Bookshop
10 Ballarat St., Yarraville
(03) 9689 0661
Part of Yarraville's iconic Sun Theatre complex, this little bookstore has been going strong since 1998.
127 Dundas Pl., Albert Park
(03) 9690 2227
One of Australia's first independent bookshops. It's got a great selection of fiction, non-fiction and specialty titles.
79 High St., Northcote
(03) 8679 6777
Great selection for all ages, and they host regular author talks, book signings, panels and discussion groups.
The Little Bookroom
220 St Georges St., Fitzroy North
(03) 9387 9387
The oldest children's bookstore in the world, from the same team as Neighbourhood Books in Northcote.
361 Sydney Rd., Brunswick
(03) 9381 4019
A local favourite with a great selection and plenty of gifting options. Great spot for quirky oddities.
249 Smith St., Collingwood
(03) 9077 8509
Home to books, art, design, homewares and new vinyl. Happy Valley has a bit of everything.
2/188 Bay St., Port Melbourne
(03) 9645 2058
Bay Street's indie bookshop institution. It also took our Independent Book Retailer of the Year.
Hares & Hyenas
79-81 Fitzroy St., St Kilda
(03) 9495 6589
Melbourne's favourite queer and intersectional bookshop. It's been breaking ground since 1991.
Cook and Young
755 Burke St., Camberwell
(03) 9882 2258
When you're finished at Camberwell Market, head to Cook and Young to browse all the latest titles.
734 High St., Thornbury
(02) 9484 8101
With a focus on contemporary art, design and architecture, Perimeter is your go-to for small press and indie books.
98 Scotchmer St., Fitzroy North
(03) 9489 1092
One of the biggest second-hand book collections in Melbourne. Terrific spot for a rummage.
North Melbourne Books
546 Queensberry St., North Melbourne
(03) 9041 4216
Quiet, leafy street. Small independent bookstore. Great coffee 'round the corner. What more do you need?
265 Coventry St., South Melbourne
(03) 9686 8200
Finish your South Melbourne Market adventures with a stop at this charming book nook on Coventry Street.