Syd­ney’s best book­stores

Where to browse, read, lis­ten and learn

Time Out (Sydney) - - INSIDE - By Ta­mar Cran­swick

1 Berkelouw Padding­ton

Ox­ford Street has un­der­gone more changes in re­cent years than Shane Warne’s face but the three-level em­po­rium next door to Verona Cin­e­mas has been keep­ing book­ish types happy for over two decades. Down­stairs you’ll find new books, mag­a­zines, cu­rios and gifts. The next two lev­els hold sec­ond­hand ti­tles cov­er­ing fic­tion, art, cul­ture and his­tory. The sec­ond floor is where you’ll also find the store’s li­censed café that looks out over Ox­ford Street.

19 Ox­ford St, Padding­ton 2021. 02 9360 3200. Sun-Thu 9.30am-9pm; Fri, Sat 9.30am-10pm.

2 De­sire Books and Records Bi­b­lio and au­dio­philes alike flock here for sec­ond­hand books as well as vin­tage vinyl from the good peo­ple at Pi­geon Ground Records. There are retro touches through­out: Scrab­ble let­ters for sig­nage, a vin­tage typewriter, and quotes like “what would Ni­et­zsche do?”. Rather than the usual lat­est re­leases, staff rec­om­men­da­tions are an eclec­tic mix of clas­sics and odd­i­ties. 3/3 Whistler St, Manly 2095. 02 9977 0888.­sire­ Daily 10am-5pm.

3 Gould’s Book Ar­cade

Gould’s sec­ond­hand cor­nu­copia is charm­ingly sham­bolic. Used and rare books, mag­a­zines and records are piled high on shelves that look li­able to fall down un­der their own weight. It’s pos­si­ble to find any­thing here, es­pe­cially what you’re not look­ing for. Early 1970s sex guides? An il­lus­trated his­tory of trout fish­ing in Aus­tralia? Of course. Staff are more than happy to help you nav­i­gate your way around the some­what con­fus­ing fil­ing sys­tem. 32 King St, New­town 2042. 02 9519 8947. goulds­ Daily 10am-10pm.

4 Glee­books Glebe The fam­ily-run Glee­books have been in the book busi­ness for over 40 years. We love the orig­i­nal – the sec­ond­hand shop just down the road – and the dainty Dulwich Hill out­let, but our heart be­longs to num­ber 49. This twolevel space ser­vices every­one from uni stu­dents to picky tod­dlers (and their par­ents) on the hunt for Dr Seuss. Talks are hosted through­out the week and fea­ture an im­pres­sive roll call of au­thors and pub­lic fig­ures de­bat­ing the issues of the day. 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037. 02 9660 2333. www.glee­ Sun-Wed 9am-7pm; Thu-Sat 9am-9pm.

5 Ki­noku­niya

Set at the top of the Ga­leries, Ki­noku­niya is a spa­cious shop sell­ing most books worth read­ing in just about ev­ery genre. Wear comfy shoes be­cause you’ll cover a lot of ground brows­ing as you work your way from clas­sics to fan­tasy, bak­ing bi­bles to phi­los­o­phy. One cor­ner is ded­i­cated to Ja­panese and Chi­nese books and mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing a huge col­lec­tion of manga. Black Star Bak­ery has set up shop within the store so you can rest and re­fuel. Lvl 2, The Ga­leries, 500 Ge­orge St, Syd­ney 2000. 02 9262 7996.­noku­niya. Mon-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu 10am-9pm; Fri, Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm.

6 Bet­ter Read Than Dead Down­stairs houses all the lat­est fic­tion and has an ex­cel­lent chil­dren’s sec­tion. Head one level up and you’ll come to cook­ery, gar­den­ing and ephemera, while the third level con­tains art­works on loan from the Cor­ri­gan Col­lec­tion. Book club meet­ings are hosted in store and kids can get in on the ac­tion with meet­ings for ages 7-12 and young adults. 265 King St, New­town 2042. 02 9557 8700.­ter­ Sun-Thu 9.30am-9pm; Fri, Sat 9.30am-10pm.

7 Gertrude & Alice

This cosy book­shop café is full to the brim with new and sec­ond­hand ti­tles; all jum­bled to­gether, piled high to the ceil­ing and stacked along the walls. Tuck into a text or put your writer’s hat on at one of the com­mu­nal ta­bles and while away the hours over a

cuppa. à 46 Hall St, Bondi Beach 2026. 02 9130 5155. www.face­ gertrude­an­dal­ice. Daily 6.45am-9pm.

8 Sap­pho Books Café & Bar

Down­stairs in the con­verted ter­race house you’ll find fic­tion from Amis to Ze­lazny. Wend your way up the stairs to books on his­tory and cul­ture. Fur­ther up is a room ded­i­cated to sec­ond­hand mu­sic books and sheet mu­sic. There are open mic nights and po­etry read­ings on al­ter­nate Tues­days. à 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2017. 02 9552 4498.­pho­books. Mon, Tue 8.30am-6.30pm; Wed-Sat 8.30am-8pm; Sun 9am-6.30pm.

9 Love Vin­tage Books

Step into the store and you en­ter another era, with an­tique touches through­out mark­ing a by­gone era. There’s an em­pha­sis on qual­ity over quan­tity here, and the shelves are lined with clas­sic ti­tles, rare and first edition texts and out-of-print books from art and ar­chi­tec­ture, travel, his­tory, clas­sic lit­er­a­ture and chil­dren’s favourites. You’ll

also find post­cards, maps and

retro pam­phlets. à 563 Wil­loughby Rd, Wil­loughby 2068. 02 9967 0017. www.lovev­in­tage­ Tue-Fri 10am-4.30pm; Sat 10am-4pm.

10 Best Little Book­shop in Town

In­side Cronulla’s strip mall, this sanc­tu­ary for book lovers has a slick front half with new books on sale, while in the back or­der gives way to chaos, with shelves of used books. The ex­cel­lent col­lec­tion of sec­ond­hand chil­dren’s books is worth a visit alone. ■ à 81 Cronulla St, Cronulla 2230. 02 9527 3504. www. bestlit­tle­book­shopin­ Mon, Tue 8am-6pm; Wed, Thu 8am-8.30pm; Fri-Sun 8am-6pm.


Sap­pho Books Café & Bar

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