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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Best Bookstores in Melbourne – Calling all lovers of books!

Are you a bibliophile? Check out these bookstores in Melbourne.


Kay Craddock Antiquarian Booksellers

Kay Craddock Antiquarian Booksellers is full to the brim with hundreds of little treasures just waiting to be discovered. It hosts a collection of some of the rarest books in the country, and gives off a magical vibe full of mystery and intrigue. You can spend hours on end in here perusing the racks of precious tomes and volumes. Since most of the books here are hard to find, if not one of a kind, expect to pay a pretty penny for purchases at this bookshop; however, you'll probably be getting your money's worth in rare finds. If you're in Melbourne on business or holiday, you are likely lodging at one of the many hotels or serviced apartments in South Yarra; Kay Craddock Antiquaruan Booksellers would, therefore, be only a short drive away from you. From an establishment such as Oaks South Yarra, for example, this book store is only a little less than a 15 minute car ride away. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out already! You're sure to be taken in by the old world charm that this store exudes.


The Paperback Bookshop

This is one of the most well-known book stores in the area, and has been operation since the 1960's. The Paperback Bookshop, sells, as its name suggests, paperback books, as opposed to hardbacks, and is a standalone store, in contrast to chain retailers. The bookshop features a vast selection of both non-fiction and fiction volumes, and because of its unusual operating hours, is quite popular with patrons who enjoy reading well after dark. So if you find yourself unable to sleep one night, head down to The Paperback Bookshop for a great read!


Hares & Hyenas

While this particular bookstore may not be everyone's cup of tea, it is a haven for those seeking materials regarding queer culture. Located on Johnson Street, Hares & Hyenas takes pride in its interior décor, which uses artistic wallpapers which come in beautiful colours.From books to magazines, everything here is related to the LGBT lifestyle, making this a specialised bookshop of a rare and somewhat controversial nature. Some of the content can be quite explicit, so if you're travelling with any children, it may be best to make other arrangements for them before you venture here.


Syber's Books

All those science fiction and fantasy novel fans out there will absolutely love this place. While its interior is not the most refurbished of places, it is a homely place that does contain a trove of second hand books belonging primarily to these two genres. The service here has been said to be personalised and pleasant, and the store is owned by a lady called Penny, who seems to be in this business just as much to find her books a good home, as she is to make a profit.

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