One of the things I’ve loved the most since arriving in Sydney, is better acquainting myself with the abundance of bookshops they have on offer. From the beautiful Berkelouw Books (whose Rose Bay branch will always have a special place in my heart) to my local – Bondi’s Gertrude & Alice, there’s few things I’d rather do than peruse the shelves of a book shop in hunt of hidden treasures.
Newtown – a suburb of Sydney’s inner-west – certainly come out tops when it comes to choice. With Elizabeth’s Bookstore, Better Read Than Dead and Gould’s Book Arcade, it really is a book buyer’s dream.
It was an online article that led me to Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Newtown on my visit to Sydney last year. Having read about their famous Blind Date with a Book, I was eager to visit, despite the cross-city journey of over an hour in the sweltering Sydney sunshine. Lucky for me, the second-hand book store did not disappoint. My favourite kind of place; Elizabeth’s Bookshop is a haven of the unknown, bursting with character, friendly booksellers and an endless supply of books.
Better Read Than Dead, on Newtown’s King Street, is another gem boasting a huge array of carefully chosen beautiful books. With hand-written recommendations from staff, and a more eclectic range than most chain bookstores, it’s the perfect place to find your next best read.
And if you’re after the most coveted of treasures: the perfect second-hand book, look no further than Gould’s Book Arcade. Established in Sydney in 1967, it’s Australia’s largest retailer of used, remaindered, out-of-print and rare books under one roof. A large, cavernous room, full to the brim of second-hand books, the tomes are stacked in various thematic sections with friendly booksellers on hand to help. Also on Newtown’s King Street, it’s an absolute must-visit for book aficionados far and wide; whatever your literary taste.