The Unlikely Bookworm

Beautiful Bookshops: Gertrude & Alice, Bondi Beach

Gertrude & Alice

I brought just a handful of books to Sydney with me, having promised my Aunty Kate I would invest in an e-reader to ensure that I wouldn’t take up valuable space in my suitcase with great tomes that I had hope to get through during my time in Australia. And so, while I had initially promised myself I wouldn’t buy any books until I had got through those that had travelled all the way from London with me, with said books and my suitcase still MIA, just days after I landed I found myself in something of a book emergency.

Thankfully, my new apartment is located just a short walk from Bondi Beach’s famous Hall Street, where lies arguably the most perfect of fusion of cute coffee shop and characterful bookstore, Gertrude & Alice. Named after American writers  Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, the bookstore-cum-coffee shop is as beloved for its famous honey-infued Chai Tea as it is for its collection of both new and second-hand books.

Gertrude & Alice

The warmly-lit interior is inviting, the smell of coffee inciting; the books stacked ceiling high. Whether you’re after a specific title, or happy to browse the well-worn tales, Gertrude & Alice offers the perfect environment to do so. Every nook and cranny is filled with books, while tables are chairs are dotted throughout, affording their customers a corner in which to curl up and read over a Moroccan Mint Tea, or the perfect place to meet with friends for brunch or a bottle of red of an evening.

My bookshop buy from Gertrude & Alice was AS Byatt’s Possession – in homage to my bookclub in London who are reading and discussing it this month without me – though I can say with absolute certainty that today’s visit won’t be my last.

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  1. Posted 12th September 2015 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    At least I was able to assist with getting 3 more of the Big Read under your belt.
    Just think, if you’d stayed a bit longer, tonight you could have been enjoying sticky Chinese chicken and egg fried rice followed by espresso chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache. But you *would* go back to Sydney…
    Great to see you my lovely, hurry back soon!

    • Lucy
      Posted 14th September 2015 at 2:50 am | Permalink

      I’ve only just seen this! So so lovely seeing you and stomach is already rumbling at the thought of my next visit! Lots of love xxx

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