Best bookstores in Sydney

Check out the top bookstores in Sydney, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore

1. Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore

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44 local reviews
46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Closed now
(02) 9130 5155
Establishment
Ray Gene & Martine
A great little café and second hand bookstore. You have to try the Chai Tea, definitely the best in Sydney, bu…
Andrew
Quintessential Bondi cafe inside a second-hand bookstore. Hearty great value food.
Aron
An awesome cafe/bookstore. Also a great place to make new friends.
1. Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore

1. Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore

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44 local reviews
46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Closed now
(02) 9130 5155
Ray Gene & Martine
Ray Gene & Martine
A great little café and second hand bookstore. You have to try the Chai Tea, definitely the best in Sydney, but the food is delicious too. C…
Andrew
Andrew
Quintessential Bondi cafe inside a second-hand bookstore. Hearty great value food.
Aron
Aron
An awesome cafe/bookstore. Also a great place to make new friends.
2. Ampersand in Paddington Cafe Bookstore

2. Ampersand in Paddington Cafe Bookstore

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7 local reviews
78-80 Oxford Street, Paddington
Closed now
(02) 9380 6617
Establishment
Alice
Cafe / bookstore. The place to go if you want to chill out in a cafe and read or you need to do some work. Fre…
Anna and Andrew
Coffee in a second-hand bookstore in a converted terrace.
Anna And Andrew
Coffee in a second-hand bookstore in a converted terrace.
2. Ampersand in Paddington Cafe Bookstore

2. Ampersand in Paddington Cafe Bookstore

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7 local reviews
78-80 Oxford Street, Paddington
Closed now
(02) 9380 6617
Alice
Alice
Cafe / bookstore. The place to go if you want to chill out in a cafe and read or you need to do some work. Free wifi and laptop friendly. Or…
Anna and Andrew
Anna and Andrew
Coffee in a second-hand bookstore in a converted terrace.
Anna And Andrew
Anna And Andrew
Coffee in a second-hand bookstore in a converted terrace.
3. Better Read Than Dead

3. Better Read Than Dead

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8 local reviews
265 King Street, Newtown
Closed now
(02) 9557 8700
Establishment
Andrew
Awesome independently owned bookstore with great kids selection also
Fernanda
I spend a lot of time in this bookstore, the staff always have great suggestions of new books to read and it f…
Brett
A bookstore! Next to the Dendy Theatre and near coffee shops. Take the 422 or 370 bus, or do as I do, and en…
3. Better Read Than Dead

3. Better Read Than Dead

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8 local reviews
265 King Street, Newtown
Closed now
(02) 9557 8700
Andrew
Andrew
Awesome independently owned bookstore with great kids selection also
Fernanda
Fernanda
I spend a lot of time in this bookstore, the staff always have great suggestions of new books to read and it feels very nice there.
Brett
Brett
A bookstore! Next to the Dendy Theatre and near coffee shops. Take the 422 or 370 bus, or do as I do, and enjoy the walk!
4. Ariel

4. Ariel

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5 local reviews
42 Oxford Street, Paddington
Closed now
(02) 9332 4581
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Susan + Glen
One of my favourite bookstores, holds a lot of art, creative and fun collectable books.
Rose
Design Bookstore (also Berkeleouws opposite, next to Palace Cinemas). Good range.
Rose
Design Bookstore (also Berkeleouws opposite, next to Palace Cinemas). Good range.
4. Ariel

4. Ariel

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5 local reviews
42 Oxford Street, Paddington
Closed now
(02) 9332 4581
Susan + Glen
Susan + Glen
One of my favourite bookstores, holds a lot of art, creative and fun collectable books.
Rose
Rose
Design Bookstore (also Berkeleouws opposite, next to Palace Cinemas). Good range.
Rose
Rose
Design Bookstore (also Berkeleouws opposite, next to Palace Cinemas). Good range.
5. Potts Point Bookshop

5. Potts Point Bookshop

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10 local reviews
14 Macleay Street, Sydney
Closed now
(02) 9331 6642
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Jess & Grant
A lovely little independent bookstore with a great range and helpful staff.
Irene, Daud
Small, but well stocked and diverse bookstore. Kids and dogs are welcome. Great for gifts - they gift wrap.
Charlotte
Potts Point Bookshop is a small independent bookshop based in Sydney, Australia.
5. Potts Point Bookshop

5. Potts Point Bookshop

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10 local reviews
14 Macleay Street, Sydney
Closed now
(02) 9331 6642
Jess & Grant
Jess & Grant
A lovely little independent bookstore with a great range and helpful staff.
Irene, Daud
Irene, Daud
Small, but well stocked and diverse bookstore. Kids and dogs are welcome. Great for gifts - they gift wrap.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Potts Point Bookshop is a small independent bookshop based in Sydney, Australia.
6. Books Kinokuniya

6. Books Kinokuniya

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5 local reviews
500 George Street, Sydney
Closed now
+61 9262 7996
Bookstore
Nigel
Huge bookstore with many interesting books
Rose
Amazing book shop in an interesting shopping arcade. Coffee shop inside the bookstore so you can stay a while.
Rose
Amazing book shop in an interesting shopping arcade. Coffee shop inside the bookstore so you can stay a while.
6. Books Kinokuniya

6. Books Kinokuniya

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5 local reviews
500 George Street, Sydney
Closed now
+61 9262 7996
Nigel
Nigel
Huge bookstore with many interesting books
Rose
Rose
Amazing book shop in an interesting shopping arcade. Coffee shop inside the bookstore so you can stay a while.
Rose
Rose
Amazing book shop in an interesting shopping arcade. Coffee shop inside the bookstore so you can stay a while.
7. Berkelouw Books

7. Berkelouw Books

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10 local reviews
19 Oxford Street, Sydney
Closed now
(02) 9360 3200
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Susan + Glen
Another fave bookstore of mine, has a cafe upstairs and I think live entertainment on the weekends.
Talya and Marty
Bookstore with a cafe to help you browse for longer. Good selection of small gifts.
Keira
My favourite bookstore, this place has a really interesting selection of books
7. Berkelouw Books

7. Berkelouw Books

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10 local reviews
19 Oxford Street, Sydney
Closed now
(02) 9360 3200
Susan + Glen
Susan + Glen
Another fave bookstore of mine, has a cafe upstairs and I think live entertainment on the weekends.
Talya and Marty
Talya and Marty
Bookstore with a cafe to help you browse for longer. Good selection of small gifts.
Keira
Keira
My favourite bookstore, this place has a really interesting selection of books