We love books: the texture of the paper, the motion of turning the page, the scent as you open a new cover or the mysterious sense of wonder of discovering an old novel. Upon which shelf has it lived its life? Whose hands has it passed through? Being lost in a different world, falling in love with characters or finding inspiration from beautiful images, we just can’t get enough of books. Dive into these Sydney stores to immerse yourself in the magic of books.
A stalwart of Hall Street, this literary haven opens for early birds at 7:00 am. Post-morning swim, you can sip a cup of Campos coffee as you search for that long-lost book. Or mid-winter, take a pew amongst the floor-to-ceiling shelves of tightly-packed books (old and new), and with spelt scone to hand, leaf through the pages at this ever-busy store. You can even stay later for a little supper to keep those creative juices flowing.
Step into Ampersand and you’ll feel a world away from busy Oxford Street. Situated across two storeys, this cafe and bookshop has a huge selection of second-hand books, first editions, and more. Order chai tea, sit at a communal table, or find your favourite books to fill your shelves at home and curl up in a cosy corner to enjoy.
Berkelouw Books has been around since 1812. Needless to say, they know their books. Head to Norton Street for a delicious espresso, and then head inside to find the latest bestsellers, rare titles and second-hand books. Travelling further afield? Visit Bendooley Estate near Berrima and sit fireside in the Book Barn surrounded by timber beams. There’s a cellar door and restaurant as an added draw or even hire the space for an event.