The Best Book Stores In Adelaide for a Positively Good Read
Whether you're after a pre-loved novel, brand spanking new journal, or a beloved classic, we have Adelaide's best book stores and literary havens for you.
Looking for your next favourite novel or just wanting to brush up on your gardening or arts and crafts skills? Adelaide's book stores are endless and with them come experienced and passionate staff who will take you through every step of finding your next favourite read. Whether it be a autobiography, novel or encyclopaedia you're after or simply just a pretty little coffee table book, we're sure you'll find something you love here.
With over 35 years in the game, this independent literary haven has a knack for all books big, small, shiny, new and used. With a carefully curated range of new and second hand books, their dedicated thrive through their knowledge and passion for what they do and will go to the ends of the earth to make sure you find your next favourite book!
107 Hindley Street, Adelaide
This quaint bookshop in the Adelaide Hills is owned and staffed by book-lovers, so when you pop in to find your next novel you know you'll be in the right hands. Catering to a range of different genres, Matilda's specialises in children’s books, new release fiction, gardening, cooking, art and design, current affairs, biography and history. They also take it a step further with their monthly book clubs and their staff favourites listed on their website!
8 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
Situated in Station Arcade O'Connell's Bookshop sells a range of antiquarian, second hand and new books. One of the oldest purveyors of books in the city, O'Connell's was opened in 1957 by Reg O'Connell and six decades on, his grandson Benjamin has taken the reins. O'Connell's hosts an elaborate collection of collectables and rare publications from a range of different genres. So if it's something unique you're after you know where to go.
19 Bank Street, Adelaide
One of Adelaides most highly regarded second hand book sellers, step out of 2021 and into an old fashioned book store, playing host to a range of second hand, out-of-print and antique books from around the world. Having been around for the test of time, Adelaide Booksellers have over 30,000 quality books across a range of genres and topics ranging from South Australian history, military history, collectable childrens', art, general fiction, crime fiction and much more.
12 Twin Street, Adelaide
This proudly independent book store sits pretty in the middle of Mitcham Square and is a go-to for locals. Their friendly and knowledgable staff have a passion for all things literary and their store hosts a range of book clubs, knitting clubs and events with authors. What's best is you can visit website to check out what their staff are currently loving and lusting over.
119 Belair Road, Torrens Park
This friendly dealer of caffeine and words in the CBD will leave you with a smile on your face knowing you have helped a great cause. Each second-hand book purchased donates proceeds to the Kiva foundation, aiming to change lives in developing countries. Indulge in a delicious De-Groot Coffee co coffee, and let your creative juices and juicy conversations flow. This relaxing nook is the perfect place to spend your days reading, learning or even writing your own next novel.
Topham Hall, Adelaide
Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Norwood Parade, it is hard to miss the shopfront of the largest family-owned bookshop in South Australia. Dillons entertains a range of books as well as CD's, audio books, DVD's and gifts. Their friendly team pride themselves on going to any length to source the hardest to find titles out there, so you'll know you're in the best hand when picking your next read.
160/166 The Parade, Norwood
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