Five favourite bookshops on the NSW South Coast

5favouritebookshopssouthcoastnswInspired by Buzzfeed’s 17 Spectacular Bookshops in Australia to See Before You Die post, I thought it was time to give my own neck of the woods a shout-out. We are surprisingly well-serviced by fabulous bookshops down here on the south coast of NSW. We’ve got the beautiful ones, the friendly ones, the incredibly well-stocked ones, and the ones that combine all of that and more. These are five of my favourites in this area:

boobook on owen, Huskisson: There’s something about the combination of carefully chosen books and the proximity of Jervis Bay that makes this little bookshop very, very seductive. It’s a lovely space, with a terrific range of children’s books. My boys love popping in for a browse.

Dymocks Books, Nowra: I love the team in here. Love. They are so knowledgeable and so happy to chat about books, and the customer service is always A-1. These guys are readers and it shows. A huge selection of books and staff who will happily help with recommendations and suggestions.

The Red Leaf Bookstore, Milton: This is a very pretty bookshop in a very pretty town. Tucked away behind the shops, it’s a browser’s paradise, with a great selection of interesting and unusual books.

Dean Swift Books, Nowra: With an ever-changing calendar of events, this indie bookshop works hard to promote books and authors in the region. The friendly staff are ever-helpful and my boys have a particular love of the ABC Shop incorporated inside (Doctor Who, anyone?).

Our Bookshop & Cafe, Berry: That perfectly dangerous blend of coffee and books… Another bookshop with an extremely well-chosen children’s range, it tops off the arrangement beautifully with a very fine milkshake (according to my two young connoisseurs).

So there you have it, five of my favourite local bookshops. What do you think makes a great bookshop?

 

 

 

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  1. Hmm, interesting question!
    For me it’d be a combination of atmosphere and the range of books available. I think these are the things that make the point of difference between purchasing in person vs purchasing online.

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      Agree! Also, I think that when you visit a bookshop you’re after an experience – you want to browse and find things you may not find otherwise. When I shop online, I tend to be after something specific.

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  2. I do like a cafe attached – and therefore Readings in Hawthorn is pretty good. Also the diversity of books, the knowledge of the staff and so on. Something quirky always helps too!

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  3. I just love local bookstores! The Literary Bookpost in my hometown of Salisbury, NC is wonderful! It is just so beautiful and has an amazing, imaginative entire floor for kids. Plus, the booksellers are so knowledgeable and have fantastic recommendations. I have been perusing your blog this morning and just love it! I can’t wait to listen to your podcast!

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  4. Knowledgeable staff, definitely. This is because I frequently rock up and say “you know, that book with the red cover that’s about the pirate thing” and they find it. x

  5. Thanks for those suggestions Alison. I’m down that way a lot so will check them out. The Read Leaf in Milton is lovely. My personal favourite down that way is The Harbourside Bookshop in Ulladulla. Fantastic service and a really great selection of books.

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