I did a post a few months ago about going on a book tour in Melbourne during the April school holidays. They are finally here and I ended up completing the tour with one of my friends on Monday.
We visited 6 different book stores in Melbourne! It was so much fun. We discovered a Rare books store along the way and plan on researching more bookstores so that we can do this again.
We started out meeting at 10am at Flinders Street station in Melbourne, deciding to caffeinate (or in my case Decaffeinate) before we started out book tour. This gave us a chance to go over the plan and just to chill.
We then headed to DYMOCKS in the Collins street (Lower Ground Floor, 234 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000). It is HUGE, honestly I don’t think I’ve been to a bookstore since ‘Borders’ closed that has such a selection. I was already in heaven. There was an incredible selection from so many different categories. We ended up staying there for WAY longer that we anticipated and were walking around looking at the the different sections. I definitely sat myself in the YA section and was having the greatest time!
NOTE: The store is going to be closed for renovations from the 15th of April until 1st July 2018. The store will be open but stock will be moving around.
Once the refurbishment is done I am definitely going to go back!
While we were walking to our second store we stumbled Upon a Rare book store, called KAY CRADDOCK ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLER located on Collins Street (156 Collins St). Obviously this was one where we were just browsing with no intention to buy – Books were going for upwards of $2,000 – but it was so interesting to look at these books from all over the world and all different time periods.
They had such a good range and it was just an incredible experience.
We stopped for Lunch along the way, right opposite our next store.
THE PAPERBACK BOOKSTORE. This store is located at 60 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000. I loved the vibe at this shop. It is small, but it it stacked from the ground to the roof with books. It gave me Harry Potter vibes! For a small space they had an amazing selection. This will definitely be a store that I head back to on our next tour!
We headed to EMBIGGEN BOOKS next at 197-203 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000. This one was a great little bookstore. The range was quite limited but it was a quaint shop with some lovely displays. It also has a coffee cart inside the store so its perfect to grab a coffee and have a browse. It was definitely a great experience but I think I would head back.
Our first stop a little further out of the City was READINGS at 309 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053. I was so HAPPY we found this place. I have been to a Readings before, but this Readings is HUGE. There is even a seperate store next door called ‘READINGS KIDS’ I was loving it. We wondered around both stores and there were so many books I wanted to get, this is another one that we will be returning too.
Before we headed to the last bookstore if the day we stopped at PIDAPIPO GELATERIA for a gelato, perfectly located just up from Readings. I may be lactose and Gluten intolerant but it was worth the stomach ache!
Our last stop for the day was THE LEAF BOOKSHOP located at 3/283 High St, Ashburton VIC 3147. This was our first store more in the suburbs and the last we could make it to on this tour. I LOVED this one. It was closer to where I live, right near a train line and has an AMAZING selection. Set over two stories there was so much to explore. This is one we will end up visiting again for sure.
Overall it was an amazing day and my favourite bookish adventure to date. I have plans to complete another book tour in the September holidays. I am also hoping to visit some bookstores in GREECE during my trip.
What are some bookstores you would recommend visiting?