Books Galore

Do you have an insatiable appetite for books? We present you our top picks of Sydney’s best bookstores.

Kinokuniya

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Browse your way through different collections from classics to philosophy, languages and fantasy. Boasting one of the largest collections of titles in Sydney, you could easily spend an entire day in this spacious shop which sells most books in just about any genre you’re looking for. Check out their in-store art space, The Wedge Gallery, showcasing beautiful works of local and international rising artists.

 

Gertrude & Alice

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This cosy bookshop has a combination of new and secondhand books from ceiling to floor. The perfect spot to lose yourself in the depths of a novel while having a cup of coffee along the communal tables. Named after Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, this bookshop deserves its spot as one of the best bookstores in Sydney with its lovely ambience, famous Chai Tea and eclectic range of books! 

 

Better Read than Dead

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A book lover’s heaven that houses all the latest fiction and has an amazing children’s section for mini readers. They have one of the best customer service with incredibly helpful and cheery staffs. Every month, the book club gathers to discuss a novel over wine and cheese. You can also get yourself a book and head over to the nearby Camperdown Memorial Park to read under a tree. How good do all of these sound?

 

Berkelouw

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Sink into one of Berkelouw’s comfy leather couches and choose from their sizeable collection of new and secondhand books including fiction, culture, history and art.  Pick the soup of the day in their store’s café on the second floor and enjoy a good read while looking out into the bustling Oxford Street.

Crazy About Doughnuts

Tantalise your taste buds and get your doughnut fix at some of the best doughnut shops in Sydney. From classic hot jam doughnuts to Greek doughnuts, cronuts (croissant-doughnuts) and glazed, gelato-filled doughnuts, this sweet treat is currently all the rage in Sydney! These are some of the best:

Grumpy Donuts

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We can assure you, that Grumpy Donuts will make you anything but grumpy. Rather, these delicious hand-made doughnuts are a work of art – simple and flavourful with the perfect ratio of doughnut to icing. The Choc Oreo Peanut Butter and Maple Brown Sugar are nothing short of brilliant. You can find these in a handful of cafes including Single Origin and Bread & Butter, otherwise order online for an unforgettable experience.

 

Woah Nelly Donuts

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Doughnut connoisseur Janell Smith and her husband serve up small batch, artisanal doughnuts to order. If you prefer having them alongside coffee, you can find them at these lucky cafes: Mecca in Ultimo, Pablo & Rusty’s in Lane Cove, The Baron in Castle Hill, The Tuckshop in Glenhaven, Sifters Espresso in Wollongong, Salvage Coffee in Artarmon, The General Eatery in Dulwich Hill and Gather Coffee House in Appin.

 

Shortstop Donuts

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Available in both Melbourne and Sydney, there is no stopping when it comes to Shortstop doughnuts. Soft, chewy and fluffy goodness with all that glaze, toppings and fillings. Their sea salt and Australian honey cruller, classic cinnamon and cardamom are some of the top-selling items in their menu.

 

 

 

Brewtown Newtown

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Brewtown’s renowned flaky cronuts are a must-try! An Aussie twist on the NYC Cronut, this is an indulgence of croissant pastry and doughnut mixture that will put a smile on your face. Try anything from the classic jam-filled, glazed and cinnamon ice cream to the more adventurous Cherry Ripe and chocolate custard doughnuts – they’re all delicious.

 

 

Milky Lane Bondi

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This place is home to CoNuts – ice cream cones made of deep fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar. A genius reinvention of the traditional ice cream cone and doughnut, you can choose from an array of soft serve flavours and add in chocolate bars, pretzels and marshmallows!

Meet The Cats

Listen up Sydneysiders, cat cafés are on the rise! It’s the purrrr-fect combination of fun, food and fur, and the premise is simple – pay an hourly rate to play, feed and take pictures with kitties. Popularised in Taiwan, Cat Flower Garden was the world’s first cat café which caught the attention of the media. Since then, this quirky concept has inched its way all across the globe and is now taken to new heights!

Get ready for the ideal escape from the daily grind and check out two of Sydney’s renowned cat cafes:

1.     Café Purrfection

Run by vet and cat behaviour specialist Dr Kim Kendall, Chatswood Cat Palace is home to Sydney’s first cat café, Café Purrfection. Dr Kendall points to research showing that playing with animals is associated with strong therapeutic benefits and lower stress levels. These fluffy felines are well-trained and chosen for their people-friendly temperaments. Sessions can be up to one hour and each patron is allowed 20 minutes with each cat, meaning you get to meet a whole heap of other cats with different traits and antics! 

A one hour ‘pat and purr’ session costs $20 per person and includes free coffee. Book in a cosy cuddle sesh with cats now!  

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2.     Catmosphere  Café  

Cats, coffee and cuddles – how can you ask for more? Catmosphere Café is Australia’s first space cat café which consists of a regular café area and two individual cat rooms. Try 45 minutes of Yoga with the Catstronauts followed by 15 minutes of kitty cuddle time. If you’re not so much into fitness, enjoy coffee and cookies with the Catstronauts for an experience like no other. You can sponsor a cat for a good cause as all funds go towards the care of their resident and foster rescue cats!

Check out this awesome paw-some café and choose a package that you like best!  

 

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Where to go when it's market day in Sydney

If you are in Sydney and it is the weekend, why not visit one of the many local markets that are on offer? You may even find that perfect gift for someone back home!

 

Rozelle Markets- Rozelle Public School, 603 Darling Street , Rozelle

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Located in the inner west suburb of Rozelle, 4 kilometres west of the CBD,, you’ll find Rozelle Primary School’s historical grounds, where there is a collectors market held every weekend. Listen to local performers as you browse the wonderful collection of stalls and wander along in the open air amongst the old buildings of the school. This market is filled with stalls of vintage antiques, collectables as well as jewellery and fashion and if you fancy a bite to eat there are also local provedores and international food stalls. The market is more than 20 years old and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

 

Paddington Markets- 395 Oxford Street, Paddington Sydney

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Since 1973, Paddington markets have been providing a place where local designers and artists can sell their beautiful wares, creating a supportive community that has greatly expanded overtime. With over 150 stalls, you are bound to find a treasure to take home. Stallholders sell uniquely crafted products including clothes and accessories, as well as homewares such as plants, pictures, handmade soaps and candles that are truly one of a kind and exclusive to these markets. There’s live music and food on offer so you can sit under the trees and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

Bondi Markets- Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade

Conveniently located parallel to Bondi Beach, the Bondi markets happen every weekend in the Bondi Beach Public School Grounds. Come on a Saturday for the Bondi Farmers Market where you can buy fresh produce and gourmet fare or visit on a Sunday for the eclectic range of stores from new to vintage wares. Open 9am-1pm each Saturday, the farmers market is a place where supporting local farmers and others who produce organic sustainable food is priority. You truly get a sense of this as you walk around taking in the amazing array of fresh produce that is on offer ranging from seasonal fruit and veg to artisanal jams, breads and cheeses.

Ever since 1993, on a Sunday the Bondi markets are open from 10am to 4pm (or 5pm in December and January) and the stores transform to those offering trendy Australian designed clothes, lovely homewares, vintage inspired furniture and many more handmade pieces. Come down and join the locals perusing these stalls set across from the famous beach in rain or shine.

 

Manly Markets- Sydney Road, Manly

Another market by the beach is the Manly Markets, where you can meander through the open aired market stalls and soak in the sunshine. Every Saturday and Sunday, these markets renowned for being the friendliest markets in Sydney, happen in the heart of the seaside village of Manly on Sydney road. They offer a number of stalls selling one-of-a-kind gifts as well as having many surrounding boutiques, restaurants and bars to explore. It is family friendly and very accessible by ferry, bus or car. The markets are run as a non-for-profit organisation to give back to Manly’s community, supporting all local businesses.

When you finish exploring these wonderful local markets, how about a running tour of the city with one of our friendly tourguides? To read more about Our Story of Sydney tour and other tours we run, visit http://www.runandsee.com.au/story-of-sydney-tour