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.
Image: Sapphobook, @oing1209
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
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
A Sydney Institution, Berkelouw Books is the most successful and longest running bookshop. Though not necessarily indie – Berkelouw currently has 10 stores across Sydney, Eumundi and the Sunshine Coast – this establishment deserves a spot on our list due to its extensive selection of genres with a special interest in Children’s books as well as a hand-picked display of rare books.
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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