Berkelouw Books

19 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

For bookworms, discovering a great independent bookstore can be akin to finding the holy grail. This Sydney institution deserves its place in the pantheon: It’s been family-owned for six generations, and houses a 2-million-strong collection of tomes new, secondhand and antiquarian. There’s a comprehensive rare-book area full of hard-to-find treasures and first editions, and a section devoted to all things Australian. The staff is warm and welcoming, and, as with all great bookstores, visitors are encouraged to linger.

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