Archive | November, 2014

Five great bookshops in the Geelong region

14 Nov

Once long ago Geelong was home to a magnificent bookshop called Griffiths. There was ample space to wander, happy knowledgeable staff, well stocked shelves, delightful children’s area and all this was housed inside a historically divine building. If you’re a bookshop lover like us then you’re likely wondering where this treasure is? Well, sad news, this store is no more.

Griffiths Book shop Geelong

Griffiths Bookstore Geelong. Image:

Geelong’s bookshop culture was harmed when international book giant Borders swept into town. Borders survived in Geelong just long enough to kill off a few of our smaller, quaint and loved bookstores. Whilst Griffiths may have said goodbye we’ve hunted down a five wonderful independent bookstores that Geelong has managed to hang onto.

Patons Situated in Newtown this popular bookshop is a favourite among locals. There is always friendly staff on hand to assist with book selection or to help track down that title that you can’t quite recall the name of! 3/329 Pakington St, Newtown VIC

The Bookshop at Queenscliff  If we could live inside a bookshop this is the one we would choose. Set in the quaint seaside town of Queenscliff and just down the road from spectacular Vue Grand, this spacious bookshop has an interior straight out of the pages of Vogue Living. With floor to ceiling bookshelves (drool!) and over-sized tables the bookshop is so welcoming and well styled that everyone wants to stay just that little  bit longer.
Where: 44 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC

Torquay Books If you were ranking bookshops by their knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication, Torquary Books would be high on the list. A delightful bookshop to whittle away many hours as your browse the shelves. 9 Gilbert St, Torquay VIC

Itty Bitty Book Van Kid’s delight in this 1950’s vintage caravan which has been converted into a pop-up bookshop. Travelling the state, but thankfully calls the Geelong region home so it can be regularly found in the region. See website for pop up locations.

Children's Bookshop Geelong

Image: PhotoArt Geelong

Book Grove This light filled, locally owned haven was launched in 2009 and going strong. Set along Ocean Groves main shopping strip, the store boasts a wide selection of titles including latest releases, junior fiction, young adult fiction and children’s favourites. 1/73 The Terrace Ocean Grove VIC

Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got till its gone. Lets hope these independent book institutions continue to be supported so the are around for years to come.

Have you visited any of these? Do you know of any that we’ve missed? We’d love to hear your bookstore stories.