If you’re looking for a selection of the best bookstores in Western Australia, below we’ve featured 10 for your perusal.
1. Boffins Books (Perth)
Boffins Books was founded in 1989 and specializes in technical, practical, and non-fiction books full of interesting facts and details. This independent retailer is located in Perth’s city centre and has developed a strong reputation for carrying fascinating, hard-to-find titles. In the rare event that you can’t find what you’re looking for, their helpful team can place an order for you.
Boffins Books carry titles from large publishers, but also do their best to support independent and smaller publishers that specialize in interesting and unique topics. Boffins Books is open seven days a week and offers delivery Australia-wide. Browse their titles online or contact Boffins Books to learn more.
2. Planet Books (Mount Lawley)
Planet Books has something for everyone, especially those with quirky tastes. They stock authors from all over the world, as well as local writers and titles from independent publishers. Founded in 1990, Planet initially started as a music and video store, then later moved into books in the 2000s. Today, their location in Mount Lawley, WA, is perfect for those looking for a new read or the perfect gift.
Planet Books has new titles arriving every day and also stock some rare, collectible items. As well as their amazing selection of books, they have games, toys, and other gift items. The bookstore is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm, and Friday/Saturday 10:00 am until 9:00 pm. Contact Planet Books here.
3. Crow Books (East Victoria Park)
Crow Books is a bookstore based in East Victoria Park, WA, that specializes in fiction titles and new releases. They have a great selection of works and can also order titles at your request. Their beautiful store is open daily from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm (or until 10:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). As well as a great selection of books, gift vouchers are also available if you can’t find the perfect present. Contact Crow Books for more details.
4. Stefen’s Books (Perth)
Stefen’s Books is an independent bookstore in Perth, WA. They have a great selection of titles and focus on horror, crime, sci-fi, fantasy, and related genre fiction books. They have some new releases, some golden oldies, and some books that are very difficult to find elsewhere.
As well as their great selection of books, Stefen’s Books also holds in-store events from time to time. While they aren’t yet set up for online ordering, they can mail books across Australia if you can’t make it to the store, and are happy to order titles that aren’t currently in stock. Contact Stefen’s Books to learn more.
5. Beauford Street Books (Mount Lawley)
Beauford Street Books in Mount Lawley, WA, is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm (or 9:00 pm on Thursdays). Since opening their doors in 2010, Beauford Street Books is a spacious, relaxing place to kill some time browsing the latest titles or trying to hunt for a new novel.
At Beauford Street Books, you can find it all – fiction, cookbooks, biographies, travel guides, military/history titles, and pretty much anything else you can think of. They offer delivery across Australia and also have a great selection of children’s titles. Contact the team at Beauford Street Books to find out more.
6. The Lane Bookshop (Claremont)
The Lane Bookshop is a quaint getaway that can be found in Claremont, WA, in Perth’s southwest. They first opened their doors in 1980 and pride themselves on having something for every book lover, including works by international and local authors alike. Their offerings include both fiction and non-fiction titles, plus an extensive collection of children’s books.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the team at The Lane Bookshop will happily order books for you. The bookstore is open seven days a week and their staff are always excited to see a new face in the store. Contact The Lane Bookshop for more details.
7. Elizabeth’s Bookshop (Perth)
Elizabeth’s Bookshop currently boasts an inventory of over 400,000 books, making it almost a certainty to find what you’re looking for. Based in Perth, WA, this bookstore has been operating since 1973 and now has additional locations in Fremantle, WA, and Newtown, NSW. They stock only second-hand books, sourced locally and from all over the world.
While their website does not list all their titles (new books are constantly coming in and out of inventory every day), it gives you an idea of what’s on offer at their stores. Autobiographies, foreign language books, children’s stories, literature, genre fiction, and so much more is available. Contact Elizabeth’s Bookshop to find out more.
8. New Edition Bookshop (Fremantle)
New Edition Bookshop is located in Fremantle, WA, and open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, seven days a week. This well-established bookseller has been operating locally for over 30 years and stocks titles in all genres.
Not only does New Edition Bookshop have a great range of titles to browse, they also host book-related events from time to time, including book launches, author meet-and-greets, readings, discussions, and more. Contact New Edition Bookshop to learn more about their offerings.
9. Paper Bird (Fremantle)
Paper Bird is a bookstore in Fremantle, WA, that exclusively carries children’s titles. Ultimately, Paper Bird is much more than just a bookstore – it’s a whole experience that kids will love. There’s an arts centre where kids can design, create, and imagine until their hearts are content. The books on offer are a great range of titles from Australian authors, including many indigenous works.
Paper Bird is open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and hosts fun events from time to time. They also have book clubs, great resources for new parents, and many other activities to enjoy. Contact Paper Bird for more details.
10. Mainly Books (Perth)
Another of Perth’s top bookstores is Mainly Books. Mainly Books specializes in secondhand books, and first opened their doors in 1988. Their titles include genre fiction, philosophy, Australiana, literature, sci-fi, poetry, and more.
Mainly books is open six days a week (closed Mondays) from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Visit their friendly team to find your next book, or the perfect gift for someone special. Contact Mainly Books in Perth to learn more.