Where is your favourite bookstore in Brisbane?


There’s lots of choices if you’re looking a Brisbane bookstore, but which is top?

Certain stores are experts in second hand books, others for Penguin books. It could be you can think of a good Brisbane university shop for cheap textbooks.

When you shop for books in Brisbane, which store do you go to?


  1. Been around a long time and working hard to be the BEST and beats the rest!!
    BLACK CAT BOOKS at Paddington.
    Hadley is very knowledgeable and able to see to all your book needs!!

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  3. Black cats at paddington! I just love the atmosphere. Great books, great staff and nothing beats taking in a coffee in the garden setting whilst in the middle of paddington. I forget where I am and escape for a while :).

  4. Black Cats at Paddington is my favourite in Brisbane. I also like the collection of classics and just sitting over a cup of tea on the veranda taking in the Paddington vibe!

  5. At Black Cat Books there is a great selection of books, especially classics and childrens books, and a lovely spot to drink coffee.

  6. I totally love Black Cat Books/Cafe at Paddington. Selection of books especially the childrens section is best in Brisbane. Love Di in the cafe. A Brisbane icon.

  7. The top three book stores are:

    1. Riverbend Books at Bulimba
    2. Avid Reader at West End
    3. Title – James Street and Southbank

  8. Another vote for Archives just for the sheer size and the amount of great books I’ve been able to find there over time

    Folio books a close runner-up – they always have a great range and seem to be able to order anything you can name

    Bent books in West End is another great one as well as the Dymocks on Albert/Elizabeth st.

  9. A few of those on this list have already shut down as of July 2010, perhaps supporting the government minister’s line that in five years bookstores will be as dead as the dodo. In the meantime, I would rate Avid in West End, Pulp Fiction in the Brisbane CBD and Mary Ryan’s on Park Road, Milton. Used to like McGills but they are closing sadly, and was also a fan of Borders.

  10. The Really Good Book Shop at Hillcrest Browns Plains. Absolutely beats anything else hands down. It is the most awesome of awesome bookshops anywhere. You have to go there.

  11. My favourite bookstore is the Annerley Community Bookshop at 478 Ipswich Road in Annerley.It’s Australia’s only no-for-profit second hand bookshop. As well as providing affordable books, it also offers opportunities to volunteer and become absorbed in the world of books that none of the commercial bookstores can offer.

  12. Definitely the libraries. Did you know there are 32 of them in Brisbane, plus a mobile library? Why pay for books when you can borrow ’em for nothing?

  13. +1 for the libraries.

    Also Archives Fine Books on Charlotte Street. Huge number of second hand books. Like a library, but you can keep the books :)

  14. Although officallly not a book store my Fav bookstore in Brisbane is any of the local libraries. Where else can you pick up the lastest books for free or if you have to put a book on hold it only costs 80 cents? Yes you don’t get to keep the books but hey at least it doesn’t hurt my hip pocket money wise.

  15. McGill’s downtown. They have a great selection of business books, which is my main area of interest. So I can often find books there that I can’t get elsewhere. On top of that, I think that they are a nice model of how a bookstore can survive in the world of amazon – specialise in something and do it better than anyone else does. I like Pulp Fiction for similar reasons.