Sydney, Australia is known for the wonderful beaches you can visit when the sun is high up on the horizon. It is also the best place to be if you are looking for adrenaline-pumping and thrilling activities like jet boating, race car driving, skydiving, and more. But if you are the kind of person who just wants to enjoy the sights in the morning and retire to a book shop to cool down before the day ends, at first Sydney might not appeal to you very much. However, if you are thinking that, then you are missing out on some of the book shop destinations you can visit on your Australia trip.
If you are looking for beautiful book shops, unique novel finds, and a chill place to hang out in, you will definitely love some of Sydney’s amazing book shops. So, if you are not into the outdoorsy stuff, do not think that the flight tickets and the travel insurance you purchased for a vacation in Australia will be wasted, because this list of book shops have you covered.
Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar
You have probably visited bookshops that have cafes in them so that customers can enjoy a hot cup of java while immersing themselves in a book. But until you have visited Sappho Books, a cafe and wine bar that raises the ante further up. You can hang out in their courtyard cafe in the morning, and then at night, witness how the courtyard transforms into a bar. It is a second-hand bookshop whose customer base is largely students from Sydney University. Here you will find all kinds of unique book finds, from textbooks to novels. Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar also hosts poetry nights and live music.
Gertrude & Alice Bookstore Cafe
Gertrude Alice Bookstore Cafe sits right at Bondi Beach, convenient for those who are out for bookworms who are already out for a dip. There are books that cover every inch of the shop, so you know you will have lots of reading options. At the same time, you can enjoy dishes made with fresh ingredients at any of the communal tables inside the shop. The bookshop is named after Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, both famously encouraged many writers including Ernest Hemingway in their writing careers.
Gould’s Book Arcade
You will literally get lost in Gould’s Book Arcade, mainly because the books are not really organized into categories. So you can see biographies of famous leaders sitting right next to travelogues. But it is exactly why it has remained one of the best second-hand bookshops in Sydney, the variety of books you can find here are endless. The best part is their store hours, you can definitely visit Gould’s Book Arcade until midnight. Just take your time looking through all of the books, and pretty sure you will find something you will like.
Ampersand Cafe Bookstore
If you want a bookshop that is away from big crowds, the Ampersand Cafe Bookstore is the place for you. You can enjoy their food offerings while browsing through second-hand books and cheap first-edition books on all three floors. Ampersand Cafe Bookstore hosts events and workshops, you can even rent their events room for private events and allow them to cater for it.
Sydney, Australia is not just a destination for people who are looking for thrilling activities. Bibliophiles can also enjoy this energetic city by visiting any of the bookshops listed here. Enjoy browsing through unique titles while taking in everything Sydney has to offer.