From local institutions to quaint shops; rare finds to mainstream titles, Sydney holds a great number of bookstores that would satisfy every type of bookworm imaginable. Here are the indie bookstores in Sydney that have caught our eye.

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Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore

For coffee, breakfast, brunch, or a good hard-to-find book

With over 30 000 pre-loved books, it’s hard not to find something for everyone at Ampersand Café & Bookstore. Have a cuppa or a full-fledged meal along with your choice of book, or seat yourself at the communal table to mingle with the locals.

78 Oxford St Paddington 2021 NSW 

Ariel Booksellers

From coffee table books to eclectic treasures

With a brand new location at Oxford Street, Ariel Booksellers continues to entice bookworms with art and design, architecture, interior design coffee table staples to a wealth of fiction, non-fiction, film, theatre, poetry and children’s books.

98 Oxford St, Darlinghurst 2010 NSW 

Berkelouw Books

Australia’s largest and longest established new, secondhand and rare bookseller

A Sydney institution, Berkelouw Books is the city’s most successful and longest-running bookshop. Berkelouw currently has 10 stores across and has an extensive selection of genres with a special interest in children’s books as well as rare books.

Available at various locations

Better Read Than Dead

A modern bookstore in the heart of Newtown

Better Read Than Dead’s contemporary space, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and sky-lit mezzanine level create a respite from the busy King Street, luring readers to spend hours at this literary landmark. Discover a specially curated collection of books as well as regular author and community events.

265 King St Newtown 2042 NSW 

Bookoccino

Wide-ranging mix of titles over coffee and nibbles

Bookoccino presents a wide-ranging mix of titles from Australia and from around the world, including fiction, non-fiction, classics, biographies, travel, crime, food and wine, gardening, children’s books and of course the current best sellers and latest releases. Enjoy all these over a cup of coffee at the café.

37a Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach 2107 NSW 

Gertrude & Alice

Quality contemporary fiction to obscure rarities

Gertrude & Alice bookstore Bondi Beach is a quirky oasis for writers, readers, coffee lovers and thespians alike. Enjoy an award-winning Campos coffee, mains with Middle Eastern touches and find that book you’ve been looking for.

1/46 Hall St, Bondi Beach 2026 NSW 

 

Gleebooks

Local authors, mainstream titles and elusive finds

Touted as Australia’s favourite indie bookstore, a trip to Gleebooks will have bookworms and movie lovers squealing in joy thanks to a miscellany of rare books and DVDs.

49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037 NSW 

Goulds Book Arcade

Mounds of genres and specialist areas

Goulds Book Arcade specialises in out-of-print books, publishers of the last 30 years, and second-hand books, catering to the general reader, students and some specialist areas like Australian history and politics.

32 King St, Newtown 2042 NSW

Harry Hartog

An independent bookstore vibe with children’s books and beyond

Owned by the Berkelow family, Harry Hartog firstly scores major points for its ambience. Along with that sits a range of children’s books and cards and gifts you won’t find elsewhere.

Available at various locations

Lesley McKay's Bookstore

From children’s books to biography titles

Lesley McKay’s Bookstore is a premier independent bookshop, hosting an extensive range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books together with a wide selection of history and biography titles.

Spicer St, Woollahra, 2025 NSW 

Oscar & Friends

An attention to interesting and design-led books

Though small in size, you’ll be in here for hours. Other than the standard selection of genres, Oscar & Friends carries modern literature, art books dedicated to fashion, interior design and graphic design.

19-27 Cross St, Double Bay 2028 NSW  | Shop 35/277 Crown St Surry Hills 2010 NSW 

Potts Point Bookshop

Holds an extensive range in a quaint setting

A quaint bookstore that stocks a notable range of contemporary and classic fiction, biography, history, art, photography, design and cook books. Dig deeper and you’ll be surprised to find a large selection of children’s books from board books for babies to teenage fiction and everything in between.

14 Macleay St, Potts Point 2011 NSW 

Published Art

The latest and best titles for the design community

Open since 1999, Published Art has long been a haven for professional aestheticians stocked with a well-curated range of contemporary art, architecture, design and photography books for discerning professionals and students.

Shop 2, 38 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Sappho Books

Bookstore and café by day, wine and tapas bar by night

One of Sydney’s favourite second-hand bookstores, Sapphobook is a bookshop, café and bar thrown into one. Uncover over 30 000 titles and enjoy live music and monthly poetry events at this bustling spot.

51 Glebe Point Rd Glebe 2037 NSW 

AMPERSAND CAFE & BOOKSTORE

ARIEL BOOKSELLERS

BETTER READ THAN DEAD

BOOKOCCINO

GERTRUDE & ALICE

GLEEBOOKS

GOULDS BOOK ARCADE

LESLEY MCKAY'S BOOKSTORE

OSCAR & FRIENDS, Surry Hills

OSCAR & FRIENDS, Double Bay

POTTS POINT BOOKSHOP

PUBLISHED ART

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