Wurrook's Top 3 Melbourne Bookstores
Number 1: Avenue Bookstore, Richmond
Location- 91 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
If you think you’ve been to the best bookstore, you haven’t been to the best bookstore. As soon as you walk inside, you feel at home. The haven of books is always cosy, and the beautiful bare-wood bookshelves that cover the walls are filled with a glorious range of books. The peaceful quiet of the shop is only ever broken when small children enter and begin demanding picture books from their parents.
As a bonus, Avenue Bookstore runs a frequent buyer program, where any purchased books earn points that eventually lead up to vouchers.
Avenue Bookstore has been named the Independent Book Retailer of the Year 2015 Australia.
Number 2: Readings, Hawthorn
Location- 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Readings brings the number of books a relatively small bookstore can fit inside to the next level. The many nooks and crannies make you just want to hide in a corner, read books, and never come out again. When I last visited this store, I found nearly every single book on the 2018 Gold Inky Awards Longlist. Each section in Readings (children’s, YA, etc.) boasts a large range of books to please everyone.
Number 3: Dymocks, Melbourne
Location- 234 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
This Dymocks’ colossal size is its outstanding feature. There are very few times that I have been to this bookstore and come out empty handed. 95% of the time, you will find the book you’re looking for, and even if you don’t, the staff will be able to direct you to another store or inform you when the book will be delivered.
A downside of Dymocks’ size is that it can make it rather hard to choose just one book. Sometimes you find yourself in there for up to 30 minutes when making a goal to be out after 10.