Spending a quick five day vacation with my dad in my sort of hometown was a wonderful conclusion to my summer holidays. I decided right then and there that I wanted to go to all the bookstores in Melbourne, or at least try to. I managed to go to all of the best ones, all 20 in one day. It took seven hours of walking by foot around countless suburbs and the city to reach all of my destinations. It was very interesting for me to experience all of the different types of bookstores that Melbourne had to offer, coming from the Gold Coast which doesn’t have a big selection of bookstores. I found that I ended up going to a lot less bookstores than I had originally intended, but not because I didn’t get there. I got to all the bookstores that I said I would, but some were closing down. I think that this has to do with bad locations of the stores, and that more and more, people are downloading books for free instead of buying them.
Experiencing all of these bookstores was really a treat for me, and I am very happy to have done it. I encountered the missing bookshop, which was very interesting. The bookshop had an address that should be real, but wasn’t. It had legit pictures and everything, but there just wasn’t a “shop 2.”
Below, I have listed some recommendations for different bookstores in the area.
“Hill of Content” and “Dymocks” – both bookstores provide a very large range of Young Adult books. Both are very modern bookstores and are very large and have great staff if assistance is required. Location- 234 Collins St, Melbourne and 62 Bourke St, Melbourne.
“Minotaur” – this is more than just a bookstore, it’s un underground city! Man, experiencing this was amazing. Miontaur not only has books on offer, but also every sort of fandom merchandise available! Whether you’re into Doctor Who (very large section), superheroes, cartoons and more, this store has got it! I found costumes, merchandise, graphic art and so much more in this amazing shop. I highly recommend it! It is located on 121 Elizabeth St, Melbourne.
“City Basement Books” – this shop is great if you’re looking for fantastic second hand books and an extensive range of old fashioned children’s and young adult’s books, e.g. Enid Blyton, Lemony Snicket, C.S. Lewis and other well known, but old fashioned, authors. This is cosy bookstore filled with the brilliant smell of books and happiness. It is located on 342 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
“Alice’s Bookstore” – this bookshop is great if you are looking for history and poetry. I found books on nearly every topic here, everything from astronomy to medieval literature. Though the shop does not offer a huge Young Adult’s section, it is better known for its extensive range of literature and shelves of poetry. I have forgotten the precise location, so I cannot tell you exactly where it is, but it is in Carlton. It looks like a small shop from the outsider but it is really quite large when you get inside.
The bookstores above are my top recommendations, though there are many more that I have gone to. It was such a fantastic experience for me. If you want to see all of the pictures of me at every bookshop, head over to my YouTube channel. I’ll be uploading a video shortly! The link is in this site’s About section. Thank you for reading!