Day 1: Buying for book lovers

I own more books than my shelves can hold - and then I buy some more. 

My favourite independent booksellers in Brisbane are listed below - amazing service and friendly advice guaranteed!


One of the first Brisbane businesses I fell in love with, Avid Reader is still my favourite local bookstore. A great range, good prices and super lovely staff. They've always got a great selection of literary magazines as well, plus stationery of all kinds. Their lovely notebooks would make a great gift for any writer. They stock local cards and wrapping paper as well as lots of other gifts (mugs, shirts, bags) for the literature lover. I've personally already done my Christmas (and December birthdays...) shopping here!


Specialising in rare and unusual books, Archives' claim to fame is that they have over 1 million books in their store. It's a lovely place to be if you're a secondhand bookshop fan--creaky floors and the smell of musty pages--and you're likely to find a truly unique gift. Prices for most of the books are standard ($5-$20). Rare and unusual books are priced accordingly.

A gem that I've only recently discovered, Bent Books is hard to miss along Vulture Street in West End. Another secondhand bookstore, the interior is piled high with tomes of all kinds - it looks a little disorganised at first glance but everything is incredibly easy to find. Pricing is very reasonable (depends on the book) and staff are super helpful.

Folio is your one-stop shop for gorgeous coffee table books on every subject (as well as a wide selection of travel guides, colouring books and novelty/humour books that would make great gifts). Pictured is a recent 'Christmas present to myself'...Folio has been in Brisbane for over three decades and I've always found their service to be friendly and their recommendations informed and interesting.