Aside from the plethora of incredible authors and publishers we have on our doorstep, the City of Perth is home to some of the most vibrant and exciting bookshops around. Drop in to one or two for a browse, or go full-on book nerd and do a bookshop crawl.
88 William Street
Boffins is an independent bookshop that has everything a bookworm would dream about. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s and more, this is one bookshop that you won’t want to walk by. Watch out for their excellent programme of events throughout the year that feature talks and interviews with local authors.
Elizabeth’s in Rechabite Buildings
856 Hay StreetElizabeth’s is an Australian institution, its shelves are always bursting with second-hand treasures. If you prefer a bit of mystery to your book shopping, give the Blind Date With a Book a shot and see what you find under that brown paper and string.
1/469 Wellington Street
Another independent bookshop, White Dwarf is a one-stop shop for everything sci-fi and fantasy. It not only boasts one of the largest and best collections of these genres in Perth, it also claims to stock Perth's largest collection of Warhammer and Warhammer40K novels.
209A Bulwer Street, NorthbridgeA small but impressive second-hand gem that deals in everything from poetry, philosophy and plays to literature, art and sci-fi. Whether you love hardback or paperback, classic or contemporary, this treasure trove of a store with an intriguing history is sure to hit the spot.
Dymocks Hay Street
705-707 Hay Street MallThe Dymocks on Hay Street may look like any other, but don’t let that fool you. The booksellers are knowledgeable, the shelves are stacked to the rafters and the gift section is ideal for cute, literary presents. Not only that, but this store boasts a great events programme featuring authors from WA and beyond.
192 William St NorthbridgeAptly named, this bookstore is a dream of anyone who’s whole world is books. Covering everything from fiction to non-fiction and with a solid offering of graphic novels, its location right in the centre of Perth’s party hub and late-night opening Wednesday to Sunday makes it the perfect spot for a night-time browse.
State Buildings Postal HallIf you like your bookshops a little more upmarket and discerning, then this carefully curated collection in one of Perth’s prettiest buildings is the spot for you. Think chic displays boasting big coffee table tomes and the latest in fiction.
17 Lindsay StreetIf you like to step back in time and find some real treasures when you’re book shopping then Muir Books is the spot for you. Think old, rare and out-of-print titles, as well as art, maps, globes, photographs and other curiosities.
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