It's officially 'curl up with a good book' weather. Browse these iconic shops online to find your next great read.

The Paperback Bookshop

The Paperback Bookshop has been a champion of the independent book scene since the 1960s. Browse their sprawling selection 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. Shop online for delivery or ask about click and collect if you're within 5kms.

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Paperback Bookshop

Books for Cooks

What’s old is new again as foodie readers flock back to printed recipe books. And Books for Cooks has delicious reads in huge supply. Discover the likes of Ottolenghi or take a chance on one of the many antiquarian titles on wine, food and the culinary arts. Shop online for delivery or ask about click and collect if you're within 5kms.

Metropolis Books

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, Metropolis Books is for you. Culture vultures will love the selection of specialist books on art, graphic design, music, film and architecture. Looking for a rare read? The crew has access to a huge database of books from across the globe. Shop online and score free shipping on all Melbourne metro orders over $50, or ask about click and collect if you're within 5kms.

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Metropolis Books

Wayward Books

Leafy Kensington is home to Wayward Books. Boasting thousands of titles, Wayward has a great selection of first editions, new releases and more. Find books that will stretch your mind and satisfy your quirky side. Shop online and score free local delivery to postcode 3031.

Readings Carlton

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, located right next door on Lygon Street. Shop online and have your reads delivered or ask about click and collect if you're within 5kms.

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Readings Kids

Kay Craddock – Antiquarian Bookseller

Shrouded in the gothic surrounds of Assembly Hall, Kay Craddock carries an array of antiquarian and second-hand books. That includes page turners dating back to the 15th century. Shop online for books on Australiana, books about books, unique bookend accessories and more, delivered to your door.

City Basement Books

Prefer pre-loved books with a little character? Then City Basement Books is for you. This second-hand book haven will take you from out-of-print rarities to popular fiction – all for a fraction of the original price. Search and order rarities online.

Check locations are in your travel radius before visiting, and follow the latest advice from the Victorian Government.

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