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Independent Melbourne book stores to order from right now

Trade Netflix for page flicks and rest your square eyes on something different. More time at home means more time to enjoy the written word, and these iconic Melbourne bookstores have something for everyone.

Metropolis Books

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, Metropolis Books is worth seeking out. Culture vultures will love this curated selection of books on art, graphic design, music, film and architecture. Buying online? They’re offering free delivery.

A man reading a book in front of a shelf full of books

Metropolis Books

Books for Cooks

What’s old is new again as avid chefs and foodie readers flock back to printed recipe books. Discover the likes of Ottolenghi or take a chance on one of the many antiquarian books on wine, food and the culinary arts. Books for Cooks is a must visit every time you swing by the market, but if you’re not heading out at the moment, you can also shop online.

Paperback Bookshop

The Paperback Bookshop has been a champion of the independent book scene since the 1960s. Browse their digital bookshelves and lose yourself among the pages of literary greats. Can’t find what you want? They’re always happy to order in special titles for their lit head fans.

Kay Craddock-Antiquarian Bookseller

Established in Essendon back in 1965, Kay Craddock carries a large and varied stock of antiquarian and second-hand books, dating from the 15th to 21st centuries. And you can get your fix from fiction to fact without stepping foot outside – the list of titles available in the online store is robust.

Readings Carlton and Readings Kids

A favourite among word nerds across the city, Readings has been a Carlton icon for over 40 years. In the pre-internet era Melburnians would even cluster at the window to view ads for share houses. Young readers are well catered for at Readings Kids, and readers of all ages can get their next wordy adventure through the online store. They’ve just introduced a free delivery map as an added incentive to load up on lit.

A brightly coloured store with book filled shelves

Readings Kids

World Food Books

Rare, out-of-print, international, and arty. World Food Books has an abundance of literary sustenance. Buy your next book (slash coffee table ornament) online through their website.

Wayward books

Shaded by leafy trees and wedged between cute cafés in Kensington, Wayward Books is worth a visit. If you can’t make it down to Bellair street right now, their eclectic selection can be browsed and bought online.