7 bookstores in Adelaide to find your new favourite read

bookstores in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to a wonderful selection of locally owned bookstores.


With knowledgable staff and vast selections, these seven bookstores in Adelaide are the best places to find your new favorite read.



Booknook and Bean

Booknook & Bean is a wonderfully cozy bookstore and coffee shop located within the Topham Mall in Adelaide. With locally sourced coffee, milk, and treats, this bookstore is the perfect spot to have your morning coffee with a good book. They sell books that others have already loved, so you are bound to find a good one. As if that wasn’t reason enough to visit, all proceeds from book sales go to the non-profit Kiva.


Matilda Bookshop © @matilda_bookshop


Matilda Bookshop

Since opening their doors in 1982, Matilda Bookshop has been carefully selecting a wide range of books catered to Adelaide’s community. Specializing in New Release fiction, Gardening, Cooking, Art & Design, Current Affairs, Biography and History, Matilda’s has a wide range suitable for casual readers to the most dedicated book worms. They put on many events throughout the year including “Meet the Author Sessions” and community engagement.



Imprints Booksellers

Located in Adelaide’s gorgeous west end, Imprints Booksellers is an independent bookstore with a huge range of books from Australian and international authors. The staff at Imprints is more than happy to help you find the perfect book. If they don’t have what you want in-store, they willing to order it for you free of charge. Apart from their selection of books, this shop carries literary journals, magazines, cards and stationery. 


Selection of children books at Mostly Books © @mostly_books


Mostly Books

As the oldest bookstore in Adelaide, Mostly Books is a great place to go for excellent advice on the best books. Located in the southern suburbs, this is one of the bookstores in Adelaide that is out of the city centre. The friendly and intelligent staff are always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone looking for their new favorite book. If you are looking for a cozy activity this winter, make sure to check out Mostly Books’ book clubs and online author events. Participating in these events is great way to meet other book lovers.


New Morning Books owner, John Scott © Tony Lewis for InDaily


New Morning Books

With close 35,000 books in store, New Morning Books is bound to have a book for everyone. If searching through this huge collection seems overwhelming, don’t worry. The passionate and experienced owners have a love for books matched by few others and are there to help you find what you need. The owners will be more than willing to give recommendations on books that you will no doubt enjoy.


© O’Connell’s Bookshop

O’Connell’s Bookshop

If you consider yourself a serious literary lover O’Connell’s Bookshop is for you. Specialising in rare and unusual books, O’Connell’s carries a large range of antiquarian and second-hand books you may not find anywhere else in Adelaide.  Another bonus to this already fun and interesting shop is the store dog Oscar who will be more than happy to welcome you in.


Central Market Books © Adelaide Central Market

Central Market Books

For over 36 years this family-owned bookstore has carried second-hand books and magazines lovingly selected by the owner. With no specific specialty, you will find a range of books to choose from. Central Market Books has a fantastic spot inside of bustling Adelaide Central Market. Stop by the store and grab some fresh produce on your way out.

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