Boffins Bookshop

Within a minute of walking down the stairs into the colourful space at Boffins Bookshop, you will be asked by a smiling staff member if you need help finding what you’re looking for. There’s a huge range to choose from. Read full review

Crow Books

  • When:10-9 Mon-Thurs, 10-10 Fri, 9-10 Sat, 9-9 Sun
  • Where:900 Albany Hwy East Victoria Park
  • Tel:9472 9737
  • Good for:alternative titles and independent publications.

Specialising in alternative and independent titles, Crow Books offers a range of publications that you’re not likely to come across in your run of the mill store. Read full review

Diabolik Books and Records

Fremantle Arts Centre

  • When:Shop 10-5 Mon-Sun, check site for many more events
  • Where:1 Finnerty St Fremantle
  • Tel:9432 9555
  • Good for:the local Freo arts hub.

Immerse yourself in Freo’s relaxed vibe at this historic building, which exudes character and charm. Fremantle Arts Centre is the place to go for a cultural feast for the senses. Read full review


Kaleido Books & Gifts

  • Where:Shop 5 City Station Concourse, 378 Wellington St Perth
  • Tel:9221 3566
  • Good for:picking up a new book before jumping on the train.

Every major train station needs a bookshop in my opinion, but Kaleido does more than just provide any old reading material for commuters. They have an impressive collection of titles Read full review

Millpoint Caffe Bookshop

This purple icon of South Perth has been around for a while now, but is definitely worth a fresh review. The café’s cosy inside dining area is still flanked by bookshelves (who doesn’t want to have a cuppa surrounded by literature?) but as the weather warms it is the cool, shady outdoor section that is always popular. Read full review

New Edition Bookshop

  • When:9-9 Mon-Sun
  • Where:41 High St Fremantle
  • Tel:9335 2383
  • Good for:a beautiful independent bookshop.

Book lovers beware, New Edition is a Fremantle institution that will have you beaming with delight, and never leaving empty handed. After beginning in a tiny store on South Terrace and moving into the spacious old bank building on High Street in the west end, New Edition is now found on the corner of High and Henry Streets in the port city. Read full review

Northside Books

  • When:8-10 Mon-Sat, 10-8 Sun
  • Where:192 William St Northbridge
  • Tel:9227 0930
  • Good for:picking up a local publication, and browsing the excellent range of titles.

When you enter Northside Books time seems to stop. Hours can easily slip away as you wander through the classics, the design books, the film ones, the local publications and everything that’s in between. Read full review

Oxford St Books

  • When:Til late, Mon-Sun
  • Where:119 Oxford St Leederville
  • Tel:9443 9844
  • Good for:browsing your favourite books well into the night.

Every thriving shopping strip should have a decent, local, independent bookstore, and Oxford St Books fits this profile perfectly. Read full review

Planet Books

  • When:10am til late Mon-Sun
  • Where:640 Beaufort St Mount Lawley
  • Tel:9328 7464
  • Good for:an excellent selection of art and design books alongside well selected fiction.

The Planet empire is a bit of a Mt Lawley institution. Originally taking its home on the bustling Beaufort Street and Walcott Street intersection, Planet began as a video store for all your VHS needs. Read full review

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