Known as the City of Literature, bookstores and libraries are part of this city's cultural identity, and that's why bookworms form all over the world would be more than thrilled to step foot in this city.
Without further ado, here’s our list of 4 bookstores and libraries to visit in Melbourne whenever you’re ready to unleash the literature lover in you.
As the central library in the state of Victoria, the State Library is a landmark and cultural icon of Melbourne. This magnificent 19th-century building houses the beautiful heritage interiors and some of the most complete literature collections in the world.
From the majestic dome ceiling, there are free exhibitions amids other library highlights such as La Trobe Reading Room, artworks, galleries, media wall and more. Just be prepare to spend more time here because you’ll need just equal time to admire this glorious library along with its content.
With over 4 decades of history in selling books, Kay Craddock offers a large and diverse stock of antiquarian and secondhand books of all kinds. This great little spot is the perfect place to stop when you wander along Collins Street of Melbourne. With beautiful museum-like presentation and amazing book arrangements, get ready to be lost into a magical time and place filled with nostalgia and gorgeous book.
Collin Street itself is an area with character, from its gorgeous heritage buildings to tree-lined street. And Dymocks bookstore makes just the perfect addition to the overall location. With arguably one of the wides book collections in the city, enjoy the small seating space that is provided or head to its small cafe to absorb this Parisian atmosphere in Melbourne.
One of the most iconic bookstores of Melbourne, The Paperback Books has a history that dated back in the 1960;s. While it is small in size, it is most famed for having a well-stocked book collections. Along with its old and ragged front appearance, get ready to have a whiff of old book smell that will bring back all the feels.
At Fed Square's weekly book market, book lovers, bibliophiles and the generally curious can browse a vast selection of new and second-hand titles from all the genres. Presented by some of the experts and senior Melbourne booksellers, there is always something that you can take away after the visit. Once you’re done, stroll upstairs to the Ian Potter Centre for Australian art for a fine day out in Melbourne.
The Little Bookroom first opened in 1960 as the first first children’s bookstore in Australia. With its two gorgeous locations in Melbourne of Carlton North and Degraves, this place is a safe haven for those who want to rest, relax, and read a few chapter of great titles with the families.
Located in Victoria Harbour Promenade, Library at The Dock provides a broad and discerning range of books, published locally and overseas, in contemporary building combining engineered timber and reclaimed hardwood. This place also offers integrated community and cultural space for Melbournians to create and explore.
How would you like to have a homemade classic breakfast accompanied with a good read when you’re at it? Booktalk cafe is a fusion of comfortable and homey bookstore and a cafe whipping up delicious gourmet sandwiches and drinks. We’re certain that the unique combination will be more than memorable to your holiday.
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